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[Commlist] Call for Papers - FIAT/IFTA Media Study Grants 2021
Tue Apr 06 07:14:57 GMT 2021
Call for Papers for:
FIAT/IFTA Media Study Grants
Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2021
(FIAT/IFTA World Conference online, October 2021)
The Media Studies Commission of the International Federation of
Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA) is dedicated to fostering collaboration
between research and archive communities and mediating the growth of
scholarly expertise that adds value to audiovisual archives by means of
innovative research. To this purpose, the Media Studies Commission has
set up the Media Studies Grant as a way to promote and ensure the
valorization of academic knowledge for archival practice. It is a
programme that offers support for research carried out at FIAT/IFTA
member archives or is of direct relevance to one or more of our member
archives. Priority is given to projects that are relevant for the
history of member archive institutions, or promise innovative insights
into (digital) media historiography or archival practice in general.
2021 Call for Projects
In 2021, FIAT/IFTA’s Media Studies Commission is looking to commission
research that adds value to and helps us understand the role of
audiovisual archives in a shifting, converging media environment.
Digitization and digital tools enable novel ways of doing and telling
media histories. With it, new possibilities for working with archival
material and data in academic research open up. At the same time, new
tools for discovery, annotation, visualization now span the
possibilities of analyzing cultural heritage with a ‘long data’ and
distant reading perspective We welcome studies addressing (but not
necessarily limited to) the following areas:
1) Tools and (digital) methods: Producing new narratives in
media history by means of digital tools and experimental methods of
research and displaying different ways of doing (digital) media history
as a way to redefine the value of historical archival content.
2) Storytelling: Highlighting new and interactive forms of
storytelling that help revisit media history practices in the digital age.
3) Archives as (big) data: Reconceptualizing archives as (big)
data to help us tap into unexplored narratives of media history.
Reframing the historical and public value of audiovisual archives
with mining and visualization tools.
4) Archival access in the digital age: Renewing strategies and
practices for making archives accessible through different digital
spaces, including social media and mobile apps. Addressing archival
access strategies in an international context or working with
datasets from different archives.
5) Users and use practices: Revisiting approaches for
researching users and user practices in relation to digital archives.
Awarded candidated are expected to deliver by the end of their grant period:
• A written report of their research at the quality standards
of a scholarly article.
• An audiovisual essay, an interactive digital story or a
creative demo (depending on the nature of the proposed project). Please
make sure there are no copyright restrictions for the archival material
you may want to re-use in this type of output.
All output needs to mention the support of FIAT/IFTA. Successful
candidates are required to present their research results at the
FIAT/IFTA World Conference online, in October 2021.
The Media Studies Grant makes available a maximum of €7000 for original
and innovative projects that aim to:
● help us understand the role of audiovisual archives in a
● unearth new narratives of media history.
● collect, disseminate and engage with historical sources that
complement existing archive collections.
● conceptualize new ways of doing media history in the digital age.
● experiment with innovative methods of researching (digital)
● valorize and disseminate knowledge of archive collections by
means of interactive publications, multi-media presentations, digital
applications and other creative demos.
● Produce open-sourcesoftwaresaimed at a better understanding
and exploitation of audiovisual archives.
● Release open-data corpora that would contribute to help
further media studies.
Any questions? Please contact our commission members! For questions
pertaining to access, archival collections and datasets made available
for reasearch by different archival institutions, you may contact our
Herbert Hayduck (ORF, Austria): (archiv /at/ orf.at) <mailto:(archiv /at/ orf.at)>
Claude Mussou (INA, France): (cmussou /at/ ina.fr) <mailto:(cmussou /at/ ina.fr)>
Silvia Proscia (RAI, Italy): (silvia.proscia /at/ rai.it)
<mailto:(silvia.proscia /at/ rai.it)>
Daniela Floris (RAI, Italy): (daniela.floris /at/ rai.it)
<mailto:(daniela.floris /at/ rai.it)>
David Doukhan (INA, France): (ddoukhan /at/ ina.fr) <mailto:(ddoukhan /at/ ina.fr)>
Virginia Bazán Gil (RTVE, Spain): (virginia.bazan /at/ rtve.es)
<mailto:(virginia.bazan /at/ rtve.es)>
Lisa Kerrigan (BFI, UK): (Lisa.Kerrigan /at/ bfi.org.uk)
<mailto:(Lisa.Kerrigan /at/ bfi.org.uk)>
Bas Agterberg (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, NL):
(bagterberg /at/ beeldengeluid.nl) <mailto:(bagterberg /at/ beeldengeluid.nl)>
Liam Wylie (RTÉ, Ireland): (Liam.Wylie /at/ rte.ie) <mailto:(Liam.Wylie /at/ rte.ie)>
Questions pertaining to academic research can be addressed to:
Dana Mustata, University of Groningen, (D.Mustata /at/ rug.nl)
<mailto:(D.Mustata /at/ rug.nl)>
Andy O’Dwyer, University of Luxembourg, (andy.odwyer /at/ uni.lu)
<mailto:(andy.odwyer /at/ uni.lu)>
● Candidates are required to send in their application in PDF
format by 15 April 2021.
● Applications should be emailed to: Herbert Hayduck,
(archiv /at/ orf.at) <mailto:(archiv /at/ orf.at)>
● Candidates are required to present their findings at the
FIAT/IFTA World Conference and deliever all output as agreed upon in the
funding agreement between FIAT/IFTA and the candidate.
● All results, publications and presentations derived from the
study should mention the support of FIAT/IFTA Media Studies Commission
and should be made available to FIAT/IFTA.
● FIAT/IFTA reserves the right to make accessible the output of
funded studies on its own website.
● Proposed studies can be part of a bigger project (e.g. master
thesis, PhD dissertation, book project, etc.) or can be stand-alone
research initiatives that the candidate wishes to pursue.
Applicants can ask for a budget of €2500 up to a maximum of €7000 to
support their research costs for the purpose of the proposed study,
Researchers affiliated to a research institution who also have teaching
responsibilities can use (part of) the allocated budget to buy
themselves the research time needed for the proposed study. In this
case, they should specify the research time that will be charged on the
Senior researchers may use (parts of) the budget to hire interns or
student assistants to assist with tasks on the project (e.g, corpus
annotation). When third-party personnel is hired on the project, the
senior researcher remains in charge of the project and is resonsibible
for the final output.
We encourage master and PhD students as well as researchers affiliated
to a university to apply for a Media Studies Grant with FIAT/IFTA Media
Master and PhD students applying for a Study Grant need to send in
together with their application a letter from their thesis supervisor
showing support for the proposed study.
Awarded studies must be affiliated to a FIAT/IFTA member archive, either
by exploring their collection or datasets for research purposes and/or
carrying out research that is of direct relevance to a member archive
Applicants should provide a support letter from FIAT/IFTA member‘s
representative providing the collections which will be used in the study.
How to apply:
Applicants must send in an application for a Media Studies Grant. The
applications should not exceed a maximum of 1000 words and need to
Project description. This should outline the rationale of the project,
the main research question(s), a description of the topic being
researched, indication of the archival material or dataset to be studied
and an explanation of the relevance of the proposed study for the
research as well as archive communities. In case the project is part of
a larger project, the candidate needs to specify how the proposed study
contributes to the overall project.
Output. Candidates should specify the output resulting from the proposed
study, including publications, presentations, software development,
corpora annotation, and any other forms of knowledge utilization (e.g.
virtual exhibitions, video essays, interactive storytelling applications
etc.). At the end of their study, successful candidates are required to
present their findings at a FIAT/IFTA public event to be agreed between
the Media Studies Commission and the successful candidate and send in a
written report outlining the research they’ve conducted and the main
findings of their research. This report will be made available on the
Workplan. Applicants should detail as much as possible all the research
activities they plan to carry out as part of the proposed study and the
time allocated for each of these activities. Please be aware that the
Media Studies Grant only supports small-scale projects of 3-5 months.
Budget. Research and secondment costs can be covered by the Media
Studies Grant. The budget can also be used for funding short-term
internships, archive annotation campaigns, or paying for
transport/accomodation fees required for the interactions with the FIAT
archive member. For experimental projects, minimal technical costs may
be eligible. In any technical costs are involved, we encourage the
applicant to make contact with the Media Studies Commission before
submitting their application, to ensure that the costs can be covered by
the grant. Applicants should detail how the budget will be used. In case
the proposed study is part of a bigger project, the applicant should
specify any additional funding he/she may have received. Researchers
asking for a secondment grant, should specify how their allocation of
teaching and research time is divided and how much research time they
wish to allocate to the proposed study and charge on the budget. Senior
researchers hiring interns or student assistants to assist with the
project, need to provide a statement with the number of hours and the
budget allocated to the hired personnel.
Communication and dissemination activities. Applicants should present a
communication and dissemination plan of how they intend to publicize and
make available the findings of their study for the research and archive
Applications should be sent in PDF format by 15 April 2021 to Herbert
Hayduck at: (archiv /at/ orf.at) <mailto:(archiv /at/ orf.at)>.
All applications will be assessed internally by the members of the Media
Studies Commission. Selected candidates are expected to present their
study at the International FIAT/IFTA World Conference in October 2021,
which will take place online.
More about the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA)
FIAT/IFTA provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience
between its members, to promote the study of any topic relevant to the
development and use of audiovisual archives and to establish
international standards on key issues regarding all aspects of
audiovisual media archive management. Within FIAT/IFTA, the Media
Studies Commission promotes academic research that promotes knowledge,
understanding and research of holdings of member audiovisual archives.
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