FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission announces:
The First FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar
PARIS, May 14th 2010

This international Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) at their central Paris location 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 at which the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  Full details of requirements and participating archives are on the Television Studies Commission page of the FIAT/IFTA website.

Proposals should be sent to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission by December 31st 2009.  The Seminar languages will be English and French, with translation provided.
Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • The transition from black and white to colour
  • Cinema on television
  • Transnational comparisons of genres or styles (which could use the resource of Video Active)
  • Aspects of studying complete days of output, especially comparative studies of those recorded on October 27th 2008 and 2009 by certain FIAT member archives (details on the website)

One of the papers delivered at the Seminar will be chosen for presentation at the FIAT/IFTA Conference in Dublin in October 2010, with its author receiving free registration and full travel and accommodation expenses.

pic_award_smallVideo Active has been nominated for the first FIAT/IFTA ARCHIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. This award celebrates the  “most productive iniative that promotes the value and use of audio-visual archives”  The winner of the award will be anounced during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Beijing on October 23.

The FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2008 will take place in Copenhagen, from 19. – 22. September 2008. The title of this conference is: Archives in Changing Climate. This event marks the official launch of the Video Active portal, currently available in Beta.

On Saturday, September 20th, a Video Active Workshop will take place as part of the conference programme. Hosted by Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw and Johan Oomen, the workshop will include a full demonstration of the portal as it stands, whilst addressing issues of comparison, contextualisation and the presentation of archival material through the portal. With the help of show cases around one or two of the topics that Video Active has defined this workshop aims to demonstrate the comparative approach in more detail. Alsothe future relationship with Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, will be addressed.

Registration is already open. Video Active looks forward to meet you at the FIAT/IFTA Conference and explore possible collaborations. The consortium still welcomes associate partners from across the world.