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16 May 2018
10:00 - 17:30
Sweelinckzaal, Utrecht University - Drift 21, room 0.05 (entrance through Drift 27) - 3512BR, Utrecht

The Many Lives of Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage – Farewell Symposium Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw

The programme for Sonja’s Farewell Symposium on May 16th, 2018 (10.00 – 15.30u) is online. The topic is “The Many Lives of Europe’s Audiovisual Heritage’. Speakers are a.o. Jerome Bourdon (Tel Aviv), Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg), Pelle Snickars (Umeå) und Julia Noordegraaf (Amsterdam). See the full programme below. You can register via this link; entrance and lunch are free.


During the past decade, a massive body of European audiovisual heritage has become accessible online: on websites of archives, or through initiatives such as EUscreen.eu and Europeana.eu. Once online, audiovisual heritage circulates in diverse ways: users watch, share, like, or dislike it; they comment, appropriate, and download videos for remix and recirculation. It thus becomes part of the popular consumption of history, potentially creating new interpretations of heritage materials, challenging authorised perspectives. Heritage Studies have acknowledged how digital media transform the preservation and circulation of heritage. Heritage institutions perceive the consequences of the recent technological transformations of the sector as a major challenge and opportunity. The presentations will adress urgent question of theory and practice of audiovisual historiography in the 21st century. The symposium is held on the occasion of the Farewell Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sonja de Leeuw, Professor of Dutch Television History in the European Context at Utrecht University, driving force behind the EUscreen projects and pioneer in the field of digital audiovisual heritage in Europe.


10:00 Registration, coffee and tea

10:15 Welcome & opening – Frank Kessler, Eggo Müller, Utrecht University

10:30-12:00 Theme 1: The Meaning of Audiovisual Heritage

The Media Scholar as Storyteller: Working with Digitized Audiovisual Sources
– Berber Hagedoorn, University of Groningen

Re-envisioning Radio, Re-sounding Worlds: Lost and Found in the Radio Garden
– Alec Badenoch, Free University Amsterdam & Utrecht University

‘Failed Interviews’: Doing Television History With Women
– Dana Mustata, University of Groningen

Television as Good Archival Object
– Jerome Bourdon, Tel Aviv University

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Theme 2: Online Circulation and Digital Methods

Audiovisual Digital Methods: The Case of Spotify
– Pelle Snickars, Umea University

New Approaches Towards Accessing Digital Audiovisual Heritage: What Will EUscreen Look Like in the Future?
– Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum

Researching Television History Online: An Archaeological Approach to the CLARIAH Media Suite
– Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam

Tools for Reflection: Working with Audiovisual Data in the Classroom
– Jasmijn Van Gorp, Utrecht University

14:30-14:45 Coffee/tea break

14:45-15:30: Screening & Closing Words

On the Road Again: An Experimental Media Archeology Journey to the Origins of Transnational TV in Europe
– Andreas Fickers & Andy O’Dwyer, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg

Closing Words
– Eggo Müller, Utrecht University

15:30-16:00 Transfer to University Hall, Domplein 29, 3512 JE Utrecht

16:15 Farewell speech Sonja de Leeuw

Sonja wil deliver her Farewell Speech in the Lecture Hall of the Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht.

17:00 Reception