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:


Two awards worth $1000 each will be made.  The first will be for the best contribution by a book; the second will be for the best contribution by a (multi) media project. This second prize will consider media such as films, television series, video essays, CD-ROMs, and web-based projects separately from print media, in the hope of encouraging the submission of scholarly work in non-print media.

Submissions for the 2017 IAMHIST Prize for a Work in Media and History should reach the committee before September 15, 2016. The prize will be awarded for a publication and (multi) media contribution on the subject of media and history published or shown between September 2014 – September 2016.

Submissions should be sent to:  Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St. Canton, MA  02021 USA. Email: 

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXIInd IAMHIST conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Wendy Webster (University of Central Lancashire), for her book ENGLISHNESS AND EMPIRE, 1939-1965 (Oxford University Press, 2005).  Thanks to an especially strong field of entries, two winners were chosen in 2009: RECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN HISTORICAL CINEMA FROM ‘CIMMARON TO ‘CITIZEN KANE,’ by Jennifer E. Smyth (University of Warwick), and VOICES IN RUINS: GERMAN RADIO AND NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION IN THE WAKE OF TOTAL WAR, by Alexander Badenoch (Technical University of Eindhoven). Both works were cited by the prize committee as making outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research, originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness.  In 2011, the prize was awarded to IT’S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL: HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS ON 1950S TELEVISION (2009), by Christine Becker.  In 2013, the first year of the (multi) media prize, the recipients were: J. EDGAR HOOVER GOES TO THE MOVIES: THE FBI AND THE ORIGINS OF HOLLYWOOD’S COLD WAR, by John Sbardellati, and THE MEDIA HISTORY DIGITAL LIBRARY. The 2015 prize for a book went to ‘How it feels to be free’ (Ruth Feldstein) and the prize for the best multi (media) project went to the Belgian television series Brave Little Belgium (Canvas, VAF-mediafonds en Mindsmeet).

Rules of the IAMHIST prize:

1. The prize is awarded biennially.

2. Invitations for submissions and names of the winners will be published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, on the IAMHIST website, on flyers, displayed in the universities of teaching members of IAMHIST, and by letters to appropriate bodies.

3. The prize will be awarded for the book, radio or television program or series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of media and history to have been published or shown in the preceding two years

4. Three copies of the work must be submitted to the IAMHIST prize sub-committee chair by 30 September of the year preceding the award

5. The submitted work must be in the form of printed text, audio tape, VHS cassette, DVD or CD-ROM. It must be accompanied by back-up material, as appropriate, such as scripts and shot lists.

6. Works which are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation or an English synopsis.

7. The winner will be selected by a sub-committee of the IAMHIST Council, under the chairmanship of IAMHIST Treasurer, Cynthia Miller.

Submissions should be sent to:  Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St. Canton, MA  02021 USA. Email:  

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