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Archivists and Academics Coming Together at 1st FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar

By Berber Hagedoorn & Dana Mustata

On May 14th, l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) in Paris hosted the 1st FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar. Participants came from a wide range of countries: India, Greece, Romania, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and France. PhD students, professors and archivists presented their research results. The papers presented findings resulting from studies in television archives and were illustrated by archival material from their holdings. Presentations were structured around four main panels: “Television and memory”, “Early TV, going from black & white to colours”, “News broadcast & current affairs: comparative approaches” and “Television and cinema”. The event promoted academic research in FIAT/IFTA member archives, which provided excerpts for illustration during the presentations. Liselotte Doeswijk (University of Amsterdam) was selected to present her paper on “Colour and Graphic Design for Television” at the upcoming FIAT 2010 Conference in Dublin.

Members from the EUscreen consortium were predominantly present at the event. Alexander Hecht (ORF), Claude Mussou (INA) and Andy O’Dwyer (BBC) were part of the organizing FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission. From the EUscreen partner Utrecht University, Berber Hagedoorn presented on “Television as a Practice of Memory: the Case of Herinnert U Zich Deze Nog?” based on archival materials from the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. Dana Mustata, also from Utrecht University, presented on “Televising European Events: from Cold War Borders to EU Borders” providing archival materials from the Romanian Multimedia Archives and Video Active. Members of the European Television History Network also participated.