CfP: FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar – Deadline 25 May

The International Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the British Film Institute at its South Bank premises London on September 28th 2012, will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.

 

Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive where the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  The archives represented in the Television Studies Commission are all participating.  These are:

  • BFI (British Film Institute) National Archive, London, UK
  • INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), Paris, France
  • Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Library of Congress, Culpeper, Va, USA
  • RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann), Dublin, Eire

Other FIAT/IFTA member archives may participate upon request.

Contact persons for proposals

Initial enquiries should be made to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission and completed proposals sent to the same person by May 25th 2012.  These are:

  • For participants from the UK : Steve Bryant, BFI (steve.bryant@bfi.org.uk)
  • For participants from France and other French-speaking countries: Claude Mussou, INA (cmussou@ina.fr)
  • For Dutch/Flemish speakers: Bert Hogenkamp, Beeld en Geluid (bhogenkamp@beeldengeluid.nl)
  • For US participants: Mike Mashon, Library of Congress (mima@loc.gov)
  • For Central and Eastern European participants and members of the European History Television Network: Dana Mustata, University of Groningen (D.Mustata@rug.nl)
  • For Irish participants: Liam Wylie, RTE (Liam.Wylie@rte.ie)

All other potential participants should send their proposals to Steve Bryant, who will attempt to connect them with the appropriate FIAT/IFTA member archive.

Proposal administration

Participants will be confirmed in early June.  The Seminar language will be English.

Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • In the context of the London Olympic Games our main theme will be Sport on Television, including how sport drives the development of television technology
  • Media events, including news: the role of technology and viewing platforms and the aspect of collective memory

Registration details for the Seminar will be advised in due course at http://www.fiatifta.org/

Links

CFP: Are our archives Faster, Bigger, Stronger than ever?

For the upcoming conference of  FIAT/IFTA (the worldwide organisation that brings broadcasters and television archives together) , the organisation asks itself the question: are our archives Faster, Bigger, Stronger than ever?

FIAT/IFTA examines the archive management of massive events worldwide that thrill and impact on so many people worldwide. How are we “Tagging and Archiving world events” be they international sporting events, all consuming catastrophes or political upheavals? After the Olympics – what do we do with all that content? How was it managed during the Olympics? What are the challenges of digitization and management of large audiovisual collections and new content?

In the year and on the exact location of this year’s Olympic Games, TV archivists will gather from all corners from the world from September 28 – October 2nd.  FIAT/IFTA just issued its call for papers and invites:

  • PRESENTATIONS, either in the form of a panel discussion on the indicated theme or a paper in a specified topic.
  • WORKSHOPS of approxinately 1 hour duration; must involve a strong element of interaction with the audience.
  • POSTER SESSIONS that provide a space where members and conference participants can present their work, activities and projects.

Head over to the FIAT/IFTA website or go straight to the call for papers for more information about how, why and what to submit: http://www.fiatifta.org/wp-content/uploads/CALLFORPAPERS2012.pdf


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