Research school for Media Studies (RMeS) http://www.rmes.nl Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 RMeS Network Event: How do You…Communicate to a General Public? http://www.rmes.nl/rmes-network-event-how-do-youcommunicate-to-a-general-public/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:27:51 +0000 http://www.rmes.nl/?p=8554 April 13, 2017
In line with the previous editions of the RMeS network event — which covered the topic of methodology (2014), the process of (re)writing (2015), and career paths in and beyond media studies (2016) — this year’s program will tackle the topic of popular academic communication. How to tailor your writing and communication to a non-specialist audience? How to write or present in a catchy and attractive way without sacrificing the richness, complexity, and nuance of academic research? What kind of stylistic devices and presentation techniques can help you to communicate your research in a lively and understandable way? How to reach out to a broader audience via non-specialist media and communication channels?

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How do You…Communicate to a General Public?

A workshop on making your work popular

Date and Time: April 13 from 13:00 to 17:00 at Utrecht University

RMeS is happy to invite you to the 2017 edition of our annual RMA and PhD network event. This year’s event will focus on popular academic writing and presenting Media Studies research to a non-specialist audience.

In line with the previous editions of the RMeS network event — which covered the topic of methodology (2014), the process of (re)writing (2015), and career paths in and beyond media studies (2016) — this year’s program will tackle the topic of popular academic communication. How to tailor your writing and communication to a non-specialist audience? How to write or present in a catchy and attractive way without sacrificing the richness, complexity, and nuance of academic research? What kind of stylistic devices and presentation techniques can help you to communicate your research in a lively and understandable way? How to reach out to a broader audience via non-specialist media and communication channels?

For all RMA students and PhD-candidates eager to master the skill of popular academic writing and communication: this is the event to attend!

The 2017 RMeS network event will have a workshop set-up that consists of two parts:

  1. Dan Hassler-Forest (Media Studies, Utrecht University) will speak about writing and communicating in a popular academic manner, and provide you with many tips and tricks based on personal experience. Dan Hassler-Forest is a media and English literature scholar who publishes on topics ranging from comics and graphic novels to superhero movies, transmedia and media convergence. Dan frequently speaks at public venues, such as the EYE Film Museum, Felix Meritis, Spui25, De Rode Hoed, and ‘de Universiteit van Nederland’. He is also a recurring presence in (popular) news media, giving interviews on films and television culture for television, radio, and the printed press. After Dan’s presentation, there will be a response by Sandra Wagemakers (PhD at Tilburg University) who plans to write a popular academic publication based on her PhD research.
  2. Participants will apply the hands-on approach presented in the first part of the event to their own research and writing. Within a small group of peers, you will brainstorm about the possibilities and pitfalls for communicating your own work to a general public. The groups will then select the research of one of their members as a case study for which they develop a “popular academic writing and communication plan” that advices on which communication channels, stylistic modes, and presentation formats would be suitable for this specific case.

Registration: Please register no later than April 1st

The event will take place at Drift 25, room 3.02 in Utrecht, with drinks & snacks afterwards.

For questions of any kind please contact us by email at phdcouncil.rmes@gmail.com

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

The RMeS PhD Council (Simone Driessen, Sjors Martens, Tim Groot Kormelink, Sofie Willemsen, Rik Spanjers, Lianne Toussaint, Sanne Rotmeijer)

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Lecture: Michael Wedel (University of Potsdam/Free University Berlin) http://www.rmes.nl/michael-wedel-university-of-potsdamfree-university-berlin/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:38:06 +0000 http://www.rmes.nl/?p=8537 Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Whereas media archaeologists have been extremely critical of processes of canon-building (especially when it comes to old film history’s beloved ‘classics’ and ‘masterpieces’), on another, more conceptual level of its discursive formation it can be seen as rather canon-driven, drawing on a firm set of thinkers and cultural theorists, from Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson and Walter Benjamin to Marshall McLuhan, Michel Foucault and Friedrich Kittler.

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Nosferatu’s Afterlives
Towards an Archaeology of Cinematic Expressive Movements

Date: Wednesday, March 8
Time: 18:30-20:00
Place: Marie Loke Zaal (Harmony Building)
Respondent: Joost Keizer (Art History, RUG)

 

Abstract

Whereas media archaeologists have been extremely critical of processes of canon-building (especially when it comes to old film history’s beloved ‘classics’ and ‘masterpieces’), on another, more conceptual level of its discursive formation it can be seen as rather canon-driven, drawing on a firm set of thinkers and cultural theorists, from Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson and Walter Benjamin to Marshall McLuhan, Michel Foucault and Friedrich Kittler. A name often only mentioned in passing is that of the German art historian Aby Warburg, a contemporary of Freud and Benjamin. Despite the fact that Warburg’s monumental, if unfinished project of the Mnemosyne picture atlas, in which he set out to reconstruct the visual memory of European culture across various media and high/low-culture biases, offers itself as a viable model for media archaeological research, Warburg has so far occupied only a marginal and somewhat shadowy place in media archaeological theory and practice.

With the example of “cinematic expressive movements” from Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) and their cultural appropriation in the work of the early Alfred Hitchcock and the late Sergei Eisenstein, I would like to suggest that Warburg may be useful in practicing a particular type of media archaeology, one that is concerned with the audiovisual aesthetics and affective qualities of film and other media, and that Jussi Parikka, with reference to Thomas Elsaesser, once aptly called a “Media Archaeology of the Senses”.

As I would like to argue, a media archeology of distinct “cinematic expressive movements” inspired by Warburg could provide an approach also suitable to map contemporary re-appropriations of film history as they abound in today’s mash-up and remix culture of digital combination and aggregation as much as in the contemporary art scene.

Short Bio

Michael Wedel is Professor of Media History at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam and co-director of “Cinepoetics – Center for Advanced Film Studies” at the Free University Berlin. Between 2005 and 2009 he was Assistant Professor for the History and Theory of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, from 2011 to 2014 co-director of the Film Museum Potsdam. His articles and essays on German film and literature, Hollywood and European Cinema have appeared in a number of edited collections and in journals such as Iris, Film History, NECSUS – European Journal of Media Studies and New German Critique. His books as author include Der deutsche Musikfilm: Archäologie eines Genres 1914-1945 (2007), Filmgeschichte als Krisengeschichte: Schnitte und Spuren durch den deutschen Film (2011), Kollision im Kino: Mime Misu und der Untergang der “Titanic” (2012), and Körper, Tod und Technik: Metamorphosen des Kriegsfilms (with Thomas Elsaesser, 2016).   

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LPM Live Performers Meeting 2017 http://www.rmes.nl/lpm-live-performers-meeting-2017/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:00:24 +0000 http://www.rmes.nl/?p=8509 The eighteenth edition of LPM Live Performers Meeting is from 18th to 21st May in the spaces of Radion in Amsterdam. LPM 2017 Amsterdam offers the unique opportunity to experience 4 days of audiovisual performances, VJing, workshops, panel discussion, product showcases presented by more then 300 artists, professionals and video passionate from 40 countries presenting over 150 projects […]

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The eighteenth edition of LPM Live Performers Meeting is from 18th to 21st May in the spaces of Radion in Amsterdam.
LPM 2017 Amsterdam offers the unique opportunity to experience 4 days of audiovisual performances, VJing, workshops, panel discussion, product showcases presented by more then 300 artists, professionals and video passionate from 40 countries presenting over 150 projects who will offer an unrepeatable and unique event.

Program foresees more then 150 activities and aims at exploring different themes through new audiovisual languages, techniques and technologies, i.e. workshops related to Live-Coding, LED mapping and stage design for events, gestural control of music and bodily musical performance; presentations of platforms, tools, locals vjs communities from 5 different continents, a conference on AV Audience Development; video installations related to politics and cultural ensemble, interactive cameras catching and transforming bodies and faces in animated gif, personal and meta data tracing, and many more…

Thanks to the contribution of the European Community, in the latest years the LPM project was brought aboard, to produce many foreign editions as in Xalapa (MX), Minsk (BY), Mexico City (MX), Cape Town (SA), Eindhoven (NL) and Amsterdam (NL) in addition to those held Rome (IT). Since 2004, we hosted more than 4600 artists, 2625 amongst performances, workshops and showcases, recording an overall amount of 72 participant countries and welcome more than 1.500.000 visitors.

Again, this XVIII edition seeks to enhance the practice of live video performance, thanks to a rich and unpredictable program aimed at exploring different themes through new audiovisual languages, techniques and technologies.

The daily schedule  will be loaded with many activities: Workshops, Lectures and conferences, Presentations of projects and products, AV Performances, Digital scenography, VJ-DJ Sets.

Vj, artists, designers, professionals and the audience will be involved in the manifold planned activities: from experimental audiovisual performances, architectural mapping shows, and VJ-DJ Sets to workshops, roundtables, and presentations of products and hardware, with a special regard for Free and Open Source projects. Meeting areas devoted to the interaction among the hundreds of participants will be the corollary for the whole duration of the event.

LPM is designed as a place of dialogue, comparison and exchange of ideas and information between artists and fans in the field that are accustomed to meet, communicate and interact mostly in the virtual space of the network. A real meeting place, a space that fulfils an important opportunity for dialogue and exchange, LPM encourages research, experimentation, the encounter between different forms of artistic expression, the interaction of multiple techniques and digital technologies, analog, software and hardware.
LPM is an unmissable spectacle during which the audience has the chance to meet the world’s largest selection of artists active in the field of live video performances.

To attend the meeting, participants must register by following the procedures in the “participate” section of the website, by choosing from several subscription options.

In order to give the opportunity to host as much performances as we can receive, the maximum duration of each show is 30 minutes. Registration is open until April 10, 2017.

Through our 13 years of experience, we were able to draw a conceptual map of the trends that have most influenced the creation of live video performances, and the program of this edition reflects and investigates these trends:

  • Live Cinema: works performed exclusively live, capable of demonstrating a narrative and experimental approach; projects in continual tension between perceptive experience and performative act.
  • Video Mapping: a technique of video-projection that can animate architectural volumes. The effect is spectacular and exciting, it confuses and seduces our perceptions through the dialogue among images and tridimensional surfaces.
  • Digital Freedoms: activism and beauty, aesthetic database, data visualisation of public or private data; these forms of artistic expression have been able over time to both inform and activate the consciences of people around the world.
  • Visual gender: thanks to the critical tension among gender studies, queer theory and contemporary art, the vision of the body, the sexual identity is disconnected from the stereotype of LGBT and video language becomes an instrument of emancipation of the genre.
  • Generative Visual: thanks to an encoding of the active and reactive world around us new digital biospheres offer to the public the experience of complex networks composed of simple sensory-bit binary codes.
  • Stereoscopic 3D: stereoscopic vision allows three-dimensional display of standard video content for a complete perceptive immersion. Ad hoc software and technologies are used to manipulate the visual perception of space to create “augmented” worlds.

The Meeting aims to promote transnational movement and exchange of ideas, artworks and artists. All funds recovered by LPM are invested to support innovative research and experimentation in the field of live visuals with the latest technologies. LPM is part of AVNODE, whose objective is to improve and promote the veejaying culture worldwide.

Realised in collaboration with international partners and co-organizers, the project includes a series of previews and promotional events focused on live video to be held inAustria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom, during the most important European festivals and cultural events.

LPM is part of AVnode | LPM 2015 > 2018, Large Scale Cooperation Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union between 13 partners from 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom, aimed to foster and develop live video culture and european AV artists to worldwide audiences with the production of 36 festivals, 3 Meetings, 3 Audience Development Conferences and more then 200 satellite events over 3 years.

LPM is produced and organised by Flyer Communication (flyer.it), Linux Club (linux-club.org) and FLxER.net (flxer.net), thanks to the cooperation of important international partners.

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Spring School: Media Systems: comparative and transnational perspectives. Focus on China http://www.rmes.nl/spring-school-media-systems-comparative-and-transnational-perspectives/ http://www.rmes.nl/spring-school-media-systems-comparative-and-transnational-perspectives/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:22:07 +0000 http://www.rmes.nl/?p=8483 2nd to 6th, April 2017 Perugia, Italy Proposal submission deadline extended to: 31 January 2017 We are happy to announce that the First Spring School on “Media Systems: comparative and transnational perspectives. Focus on China” will be taking place in Perugia from April 2nd to April 6th, 2017 right before the well-known International Journalism Festival. […]

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2nd to 6th, April 2017
Perugia, Italy

Proposal submission deadline extended to: 31 January 2017

We are happy to announce that the First Spring School on “Media Systems: comparative and transnational perspectives. Focus on China” will be taking place in Perugia from April 2nd to April 6th, 2017 right before the well-known International Journalism Festival.

The Spring School is directed by Gabriele Balbi (USI Università della Svizzera italiana), Daniel Hallin (University of California San Diego), and Paolo Mancini (Univeristà di Perugia) and organized by the China Media Observatory of the USI Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland), in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences at Università di Perugia (Italy) and the Department of Communication at University of California San Diego (US).

Addressed to advanced Master students, PhDs and junior researchers in communication, media studies, journalism, political communication, sociology of communication and other related fields, the Spring School is based on lectures, discussions of attendees’ research projects, and meetings with participants in International Journalism Festival (Perugia, 5th – 9th, April 2017).

Application to be sent to  springschool.mediasystems@gmail.com   by January 31th, 2017.

More information will be available by  https://springschoolmediasystems.com

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