Digital Archives, Audiovisual Media and Cultural Memory
Conference, The University of Copenhagen, November 14-15, 2013
David Hendy, University of Sussex
Karin Bijsterveld, Maastricht University
Lev Manovich, City University of New York
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
We welcome abstracts for our open paper sessions and for panels taking place at the conference. Sub-calls for the panels can be found by following the links bellow.
Digitization enables us to meet cultural heritage artifacts and narratives in heretofore unimagined media and platforms. Accessibility to written, visual, auditory and audiovisual sources increase dramatically. But how do we wish to access and interact with cultural heritage sources in the 21st Century? This conference focuses on practices of cultural memory in the multiform meetings between users and cultural heritage. What interfaces are established between users, be they researchers or ‘ordinary’ citizens, and the archives of cultural heritage? What possibilities are opened for interaction with cultural heritage artifacts? And what methods and scientific paradigms are relevant to order and describe such immense archives.
One aspect, which seems still to have received too little treatment is the question of the auditory and audiovisually based cultural heritage’s role in the construction of historical narratives. Music, film, radio, and television have become ingrained in a nation’s cultural memory, and in many, not least, European countries, state-governed national broadcasting corporations have played and do still play a vital role in narrating and interpreting the past, not least by establishing institutional production archives which give producers access to historical material otherwise inaccessible. Such reuses of historical materials afford renegotiations of the historical past(s) by valuating the new historical materials as significant historical sources. Digitization means that such historical materials, be they broadcast or other cultural heritage artifacts, are to an increasing degree accessible outside the production environment, e.g. for research. One recurring problem is that the materials are still under the editorial control of the parent institution and accessible only for some uses to some users. This motivates a new look at the question of who has the right to circulate archived material in what forms, and thus who is allowed to narrate the past. The question is relevant at all levels, from the level of national cultural politics all the way down to the concrete definition of rights for individual users in the archive or on broadcaster’s websites.
In the past decades “intermediality” has proved to be one of the most productive terms in the domain of humanities. Although the ideas regarding media connections may be traced back to the poetics of the Romantics or even further back in time, it was the accelerated multiplication of media themselves becoming our daily experience in the second half of the twentieth century that propelled the term to a wide attention in a great number of fields (communication and cultural studies, philosophy, theories of literature and music, art history, cinema studies, etc.) where it generated an impressive number of analyses and theoretical discussions.
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British and Irish Sound Archives’ 2013 Conference at the Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man
I am pleased to be able to announce that registration for BISA’s 2013 conference is now open.
Event: British and Irish Sound Archives’ 2013 Annual Conference
Venue: Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, IM1 3LY
Dates: 17-18 May 2013
Friday, 17 May
The conference intends to discuss the relation between literature, media and sound in various perspectives and constellations, thereby hoping to establish stronger links between different theoretical positions, such as Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Intermediality Studies and Sound Studies.
The relation between literature, media and sound is facing severe changes and new challenges due to technological developments. E-books and audiobooks are currently through smartphones, tablets and online streaming making rapid gains in popularity and distribution.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The fourth international
transforming audiences conference
making connections | creative cultures | open everything
Date: 2 – 3 September 2013
Venue: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
The previous Transforming Audiences conferences, in 2007, 2009 and 2011, have seen this event become Europe’s major international conference series for audience/user studies, bringing together researchers from all over the world. Now we are delighted to invite you to Social Media, the fourth in the Transforming Audiences series, in central London in September 2013.
The Social Media conference is
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Deadline for panel proposals extended to 2 April 2013.
CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline: Feb. 25, 2013) Interface 2013: Creative and Critical Approaches in the Digital Humanities Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada May 3-5 2013
The digital humanities explores how emerging digital forms of scholarly inquiry and new ways to assess and to organize knowledge transform the creative and critical methods humanities scholars use to approach their
objects of study. Thoughtful in play, interdisciplinary in engagement, utopian in spirit, and transformational in intent, digital humanists ³imagine new couplings and scalings that are facilitated both by new
models of research practice and by the availability of new tools and technologies² (The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0).
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To appear in the peer-reviewed journal Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research
Guest editors: Jutta Haider & Olof Sundin, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden
We are witnessing a transition period for encyclopaedias and encyclopaedic knowledge. Since the 1990s alone encyclopaedias have gone through several remediations: from printed volumes to CD-ROM, from CD-ROM to on-line editions on the web and most recently as smartphone applications. Nowadays encyclopaedic knowledge is produced, distributed and used largely within digital networks. Mobile devices make it always available, everywhere. While understandably a lot has been said about Wikipedia and from almost every angle, other contemporary encyclopaedias have not received that much attention in research. Yet they are two sides of the same coin. This theme section wants to contribute to changing the balance somewhat.
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The University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin) organizes the annual scientific conference “Culture and computer science”. The 11th edition of the conference series brings into focus best practice examples, challenges, and future trends in the fields of visualisation and interaction. Please find more information at our website: http://inka.htw-berlin.de/kui/
Main topics are:
- Visualisation and Interaction Technologies
- System of information, visualization and communication in urban spaces
- Interactive multimedia solutions for museums, theaters, concert halls, exhibitions, etc.
- Interactive systems in cultural and creative industries
- Municipal and touristic information system
- Digital exhibitions, science centers, museums and galleries
- Virtual reconstructions
- augmented reality
- Media architecture, digital extension of buildings and urban districts
- Position and context-sensitive services
- documentation, visualization and interaction in museums and archives
- Game-based information processing
- Digital storytelling
- Multimedia guides
- further research activies and reference implementations related to the topic “visualization, exploration, interaction”
You will find a call for papers at the website. Proposals for oral presentations, posters, or demonstrations can be submitted in German or English language before January 31, 2013.
Abstracts (1-3 DIN A4 pages) must contain title, author(s), the scope of the paper, emphasize on new advances, theories and/or applications and include an analysis of results and findings.
Red. Erik Granly Jensen, Jacob Kreutzfeldt, Morten Michelsen og Erik Svendsen
På trods af utallige rygter om radiomediets snarlige bortgang lever både radioen og radioforskningen i bedste velgående. Behovet for rent auditive medieformer synes ikke at forsvinde, snarere står lydmediernes bidrag til den moderne kultur stadigt skarpere. Radioverdener. Auditiv kultur, historie og arkiver ønsker at dække både spændvidden af og dybden i den aktuelle kulturhistoriske radioforskning og adresserer en række metodiske udfordringer i mødet med ufuldstændige, vanskeligt tilgængelige og sparsomt beskrevne, digitale lydarkiver.