The UvA has surged to 2nd place amongst universities worldwide in Communication & Media Studies, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject published on Wednesday, 8 March 2017. Last year, the UvA placed 6th for this subject. With a total of 19 subjects listed in the top 50, the UvA is the highest ranked university in the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.
Edith Smit, director of the Graduate School of Communication and professor of Persuasive Communication, is extremely pleased with the achievement. ‘It reflects our constant efforts to improve our teaching and research. We were already well respected in Europe; it’s great to see that we have now also cemented our position globally.’ Richard Rogers, professor of New Media and Digital Culture and former department chair of Media Studies is also delighted with the result: ‘Our department is doing ground-breaking work and we always gain considerable international recognition in the field for the media theories and methods we develop. It’s great to see this confirmed in a major international ranking like the QS.
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On Thursday March 30th, DocuDoka (of which the Film Team is part as well) organizes a film and discussion night on the encounters between tourists and refugees. The night in creative bar Doka will start with the screening of Holiday for Everyone (2017, Vakantie voor iedereen), a new documentary by Dutch film trio Annelies Wezenberg, Mark Koster and Rik Lauwen about a temporary center for asylum seekers on a Dutch holiday park and their contact with the local vacationers there. After the screening, which also includes short film and PowNed news report on similar encounters in the Mediterranean region, there will be an interactive discussion with the filmmakers as well as two experts, (former) refugee worker Rebecca Streng and philosopher Ruud Welten.
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On Thursday the 23th and Friday the 24th of February the documentary Metalepsis in Black (Aryan Kaganof, 2016, 98 min) will be screened at film theatre Cavia. Metalepsis in Black is a powerful documentary about the student activism in South Africa and the debate about the non-existent equality in education and throughout contemporary society, 22 years after the supposted abolition of apartheid.
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The Research Labs in EYE on Art on 28 February and 16 May provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from ten art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE’s collection. The Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. On 28 February and 16 May EYE will award a prize for the two best projects in collaboration with Heineken H41.
Tuesday the 28th of February will be an evening in collaboration with the Film Team of the University of Amsterdam and the Piet Zwart Institute to celebrate, challenge and contradict the age-old question of happiness. The programme will feature 17 original film and artworks presented by young researchers and artists who ask you tonight: are you happy?
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The film Emerald Transmutations (2016), made by Ian Magor, D.N. Rodowick, Jacques Perconte, Polly Stanton, David Verdeure, Rosa Menkman and Film team member Patricia Pisters, will receive its world premiere at the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick, UK, on Friday March 3th. Jacques Perconte will be present for a Q&A after the screening and Patricia Pisters will give a talk at the Alchemical Visions Opening Symposium on Thursday March 2nd.
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In two days time the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 (25 January – 5 February) will start! Since its founding in 1972, it has become one of the most important events in the film world, maintaining its focus on independent and experimental films by emerging and established filmmakers. Film Team member, Patricia Pisters, takes part in the jury of the Tiger Shorts and is involved in two other festival programmes, including Black Rebels, a programme of films, documentaries, tv-series and art from and about.
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Film Team member, Charles Forceville, will give a plenary lecture, entitled “Literal and Metaphoric / Metonymic FORCE Schemes in Animation Films,” at the 3rd International Symposium on Figurative Thought and Language, to be held from 26-28 April 2017 at the University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.
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Sounds of Silence festival presents silent film masterpieces with cutting edge contemporary music, performed live. This year they celebrate our 3rd edition, coming to The Hague in February 24-26, 2017. The festival is sponsored by Gemeente Den Haag and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and hosted by theatre De Nieuwe Regentes, the Hague.
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On Sunday January 22nd from 2.30-4pm the Joods Cultureel Kwartier (JHM) organizes a film afternoon on ‘The Jewish Identity. The main film of the afternoon is the ‘mockumentary’ Zelig (1983) by Woody Allen. This fictional documentary highlights the life and period of Leonard Zelig (played by Woody Allen), the ‘human chameleon’, whose overwhelming desire to conform is reflected in the ability to take on to the face and physical characteristics of whom he happens to meet. Film Studies alumni Amir Vodka will give a talk at the event.
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On Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 4pm, EYE Filmmuseum presents the latest film by cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal. Reasonable Doubt (2016) is an experiment to audio-visualise ‘thought’. Mixing docu-drama with theoretical fiction, the project stages scenes from the lives of philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) and the Swedish Queen Kristina (1626-1689). The screening is introduced by Mieke Bal, and followed by a Q&A session led by Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam.
For tickets, please visit eyefilm.nl.
We are proud to announce that we, the Film Studies Division of the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, have become an official partner of DocuDoka, a bimonthly film and discusison night in Doka (Volkshotel Amsterdam) that explores the adverse effects of globalization. Every two months (usually the last Thursday of that month) an urgent issue in today’s global society will be discussed on the basis of a documentary and discussion with special guests and the audience.
The first DocuDoka of 2017 will focus on the help and harm of volunteer tourism. On Friday January 27th, the film and discussion will start with the world premiere of Making a Difference (2017), a documentary on voluntourism made by Dutch film trio Brechtje Boeke, Kuba Szutkowski and Reinier Vriend. After the screening they will open a discussion on the ethics of voluntourism together with Krista Arriëns from Rambam, the satirical journalistic Dutch television program that recently aired a critical episode on voluntourism.
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As a central part of International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of all forms of film and video. The 2017 edition of IFFR Short Film presents 23 films in the Tiger Competition for Short Films, now in its 12th year. Three award winners will be selected by a jury of three, comprising Finnish artist Salla Tykkä, Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film) at Tate, and Patricia Pisters, Professor of Media Studies and Film team member at the University of Amsterdam.
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Digital media agency 87 Seconds is looking for an intern in Business Development to join their Dutch team based in Amsterdam in early 2017 (January-May). 87 Seconds has specialized in the creation of short and catchy explanation videos, which can be used for different communication purposes, such as increasing visibility or facilitating comprehension of internal communication tools.
Interested? Check here for the full vacancy or visit www.87seconds.com.
The intern will work to acquire new projects in varied sectors:
– Determination of relevant markets, database creation, direct marketing (calling, emailing, events) monitoring and weekly reporting (exploration stage)
– participation in meetings, understanding of customer needs and commercial proposal, graphic research with the creative team (consultancy stage with project leaders)
On Friday, December 2nd, DocuDoka will host the third edition of their bimonthly film and discussion series in creative night bar Doka, located in the basement of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The central question of the night will be: why is child sex tourism so difficult to prevent? This question will be addressed by screening two new documentaries on child sex tourism, SOS: Sold Out Slaves (2016) and Fallen Angels (2016), and having a discussion afterwards with Celine Verheijen of Defence for Children, Anneke Koning of the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, and the audience. The moderator will be Inge Hermann, Associate Professor Ethics & Tourism at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Film team member Emiel Martens is one of the organizers of the event.
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On Saturday November 5, 2016, Marie-Aude Baronian, Director of the MA Film studies, will be a speaker at the symposium Meet in the Middle: Stations of Migration and Memory Between Art and Film. In the context of a retrospective on the video installations of filmmaker Atom Egoyan (at the MacKenzie museum) and an Armenian film series (organized by the University of Regina, Canada) she will be talking about testimony and otherness in Egoyan’s work.
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This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Beeldenstorm, the wave of iconoclasm that swept over the Low Countries in 1566. This defining moment in Netherlandish history will be commemorated with a two-day symposium ICONOCLASM: BEELDENSTORM AND BEYOND, which will consider the Beeldenstorm in relation to iconoclasm as a global phenomenon. The symposium will be held on 9 and 10 December 2016, in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum and the aula of the University of Amsterdam. The program and registration are now online: rijksmuseum.nl/nl/iconoclasm.
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Former Film Studies student Jasper Stratil has published his video essay, Revisiting Bruxelles-Transit: Moving through Spaces of Resonance, in [in]Transition, the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies. In 2015 Statil spent a semester at our Department where he created the first version of this video essay. “35 years after (…) [Jewish director Samy Szinglerbaum made his film Bruxelles-Transit], I revisited ‘Bruxelles-Midi’ – to unravel different layers of history. The account of Szinglerbaums’s family history becomes intertwined with other histories: the history of the Diaspora, of the Shoah, of Brussels as a space of transit, and eventually of film history.
Revisiting Bruxelles-Transit in [in]Transition.
The book launch of Thomas Elsaesser’s new book, Film History as Media Archaeology: Tracking Digital Cinema, will take place on Friday October 14th, 2016 from 13.00 till 16.30 hrs in EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. You are able to reserve a seat by sending an RSVP-email to email@example.com before October 7th. The launch event is made possible with support of the Department of Media Studies.
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On Thursday, September 22th, the annual Louis Hartlooper Award for Best film Publication was awarded to Film Team menber, Patricia Pisters, for her book Filming for the Future – The Work of Louis van Gasteren, the first book on the work of one of most prolific Dutch filmmakers.
Read the full press release here (in Dutch).