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.

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The European Television History Network (ETHN) will launch its new website during the international conference Television: the Experimental Moment. From Invention to Institution (1935-1955) which is organised by the Université de Paris 8 and the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA). This conference takes place from May 27 to 29 in Paris.

ETHNThe ETHN describes itself as:

” a network that connects scholars, archivists and institutions working on the history of television in Europe. The network encourages the exchange of research and experiences and the development of collaborative research projects that help to explore a comparative approach to television history.”

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inaThe French “Institut National de l’Audiovisuel”(INA) has joined the Video Active project as an associate partner. By welcoming INA, Video Active will offer an even richer collection of television heritage on its portal.

INA is one of the largest audiovisual archives in the world. INA’s collections cover more than 60 years of radio and 50 years of television programs; more than 4 millions hours of radio and television. INA will sign a special contract becoming associate member to the project and agree upon providing a minimum number of assets to the portal, available for online viewing. The beta release of the portal can already be accessed online, the first public version will be launched at the end of April.

Next to INA, the archives of VRT (Belgium) and Moving Image Communications (UK) already joined the project as associate partner at an earlier stage. The total number of Eurpean archives represented in the portal has now reached 14. Video Active encourages other content providers to join the project. 

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