Call for papers – From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online

EUscreenXL Conference 2014 Rome
From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online

EUscreenXL welcomes You to the EUscreenXL Conference 2014 on October 30-31 in Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese, Rome (Italy)!

Attracting audiences and engaging users with content has become a key issue for archivists, broadcasters, educators and anyone publishing content online. With growing amounts of digitised content online, heritage projects and collection holders are increasingly aware of the need to engage with their users. Knowing how and why users interact (or don’t) with the resources and their presentation online helps inform what strategies are most insightful for the development of sustainable communities of users to participate in archival projects, enrich collections and disseminate their content. A user-oriented approach is crucial for both promotion and dissemination of online content as well as for developing sustainable future for projects and institutions in the heritage sector.

With the upcoming conference “From Audience to User: New Ways of Engaging with Audiovisual Heritage Online” the EUscreen network wants to address the current challenges for online cultural heritage initiatives and discuss these with archivists, scholars of cultural – and particularly audiovisual – heritage, web designers, data specialists and policy makers.

We invite proposals for papers and workshops that address – among others – the following questions and issues:


How to read statistics of usage to better understand what users do, want and engage with?

How to increase usage and and encourage engagement of the users – focus on the user experience (UX)?

How to build and engage sustainable communities with online content?

How to extract quantitative and qualitative data in order to be more responsive to the needs of the audience/users and those of the professionals?

Which marketing strategies, business-oriented approaches can be identified as useful for the future development of audiovisual heritage platforms?

Please submit a paper abstract of 250 words including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to Include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant.

All proposals will be evaluated by the Conference Board.


Deadline for applications and abstracts: 21st May 2014

Notification of abstracts acceptance: 9th June 2014

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact Kamila Lewandowska, EUscreenXL communication specialist (

Dr. Eggo Müller
Professor of Media and Communication | Project Leader EUscreenXL | Director of Education Department Media and Culture Studies | Muntstraat 2a | NL-3512 EV Utrecht | room # 1.09 | 0031-30-253-8174 |

Call for papers – World documentary

World Documentary -Film and TV conference

The growing popularity of documentaries produced in traditional film and televisual formats, as well as those designed for web distribution provokes critical discussions on all aspects of contemporary world documentary practices, including representations, production, distribution, audience, and modes of filming. This conference welcomes original presentation proposals on historical and contemporary documentary film & TV practices coming from both western and non-western cultures. We invite papers from academics and film/media practitioners. More details:


Following on from the success of last year’s postgraduate conference, ‘New approaches to gender, film and television’, as well as the recent publication of Cinema, Television and History (2014, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: CSP), developed from papers given at the research centre’s inaugural postgraduate conference, De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre is delighted to announce its third annual BAFTSS-funded postgraduate conference:



A postgraduate conference

Wednesday 4th June 2014, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Amy Holdsworth,

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies (University of Glasgow)

Author of Television, Memory and Nostalgia

(2011, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

Collective cultural memory, which according to José van Dijck is concerned with the “communal reservoir of relevant stories about our past and future” (2007: 8), has received a great deal of academic attention over the past two decades. More and more, these studies have focused on the impact of media on this ‘reservoir’, be it via collectively remembered images or via contemporary media that depicts the past retrospectively, as evidenced by the work of van Dijck and Amy Holdsworth (2011), among several others. Visual media – whether film, television, video games, photography or online media – have played an increasing role in the formation of cultural memory since 1950, and especially since the digital age, as screen cultures and media technologies have proliferated and diversified at an exponential rate.

De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre has been an active contributor to research on the relationship between media and cultural memory through its participation in the BECTU Oral Histories Project and in the Leverhulme-funded Hollywood and the Baby Boom project. As such, the CATH Centre’s third annual postgraduate conference will seek to explore the role of visual media in shaping collective memories, especially since the Second World War. How have transformations in media impacted on people’s relationships to the past? Can new media sources now be accepted as valid historical evidence?

We welcome papers that address these and other related issues by engaging with visual media such as film, television, video games, online cultures and photography. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– The uses of nostalgia, retro and ‘heritage’ in post-war screen cultures;

– Media representations of history, such as documentaries and docu-dramas;

– The impact of media coverage of historical events on collective memory;

– The role of digital technologies in enabling easy access to archival material and the effect of this phenomenon on our relationship to the past;

– The impact of globalisation on cultural memory.

Abstracts of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes, plus a short biography, should be sent to by Wednesday 30th April 2014. For up-to-date information, please visit


We are also delighted to announce that the conference has received a BAFTSS funding award to assist delegates with travel, accommodation, and/or registration costs. Awards will be offered as 2 x £125 for delegates attending from outside the UK, OR as smaller bursaries of up to £50 for those travelling within the UK.

Information on Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches can be found here:–Television-and-History–New-Approaches1-4438-5379-8.htm


Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre Postgraduates


Room 3.06J

School of Media and Communication

Clephan Building

De Montfort University

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