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NECS Post-Conference: Open Media Studies

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Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

1 Media Parkboulevard

1217 WE Hilversum


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The process of scholarly communication is changing dramatically. Digitization of archives, online research methods and tools, and new ways to disseminate research results are developing fast. During the past four annual NECS (Network for Cinema and Media Studies) conferences, we have held two-hour workshops to discuss the implementation of open access, organized by, among others, editors of the open access journals VIEW: Journal of European Television History and Culture and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. Both journals were founded in 2012 with a NWO grant.

In 2018 we will expand on our experience by organizing a one-day workshop immediately following the annual NECS conference, which this year will be held in Amsterdam, organized by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), University Utrecht (UU), and the Free University of Amsterdam (VU) on 27-29 June. Our post-conference workshop will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018 at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum.

The developments in open research follow each other at a rapid pace. For the discipline of media studies, developments appear to be a bit faster than for other disciplines in the humanities, as there is already a longer tradition of online sharing, and different media are used for scholarly communication (blogs, videos, audiovisual essays, etc.), besides the traditional peer-reviewed journal article or monograph. With this one-day workshop we aim to explore the concept of ‘open’ in media studies by sharing best practices as well as to investigate what is needed for media scholars to make the entire scholarly communication process (research, analysis, writing, review, publishing, etc.) more transparent.

We will do so by bringing together a group of maximum 25 researchers in media studies in a series of workshops devoted to the themes: 1) research and analysis, 2) writing and publishing, 3) peer review, and 4) public engagement. The day will open with a keynote by prof.dr. Malte Hagener (Philipps-Universität Marburg), one of the co-founding editors of NECSUS and founder of the recently launched project MediaRep, a subject repository for media studies.

The main goals for the day are: creating awareness among the researchers; offer solutions to concrete issues; and explore new open access/science initiatives in relation to media studies. Outcomes of the workshop will be published on the website of NECS, as well as on the Open Access in Media Studies website.

Registration is free. However, there is a maximum of 25 participants.

Hope to see you in Amsterdam!

Organizers: Jeroen Sondervan (Utrecht University), Jeffrey Pooley (Muhlenberg College, US), Jaap Kooijman (University of Amsterdam), Erwin Verbruggen (Institute for Sound and Vision)

Programme (preliminary)

  • 10: 00 – 10:30: Arrival & registration

  • 10: 30 – 10:45: Welcome & Introduction: Open Media Studies. Jeroen Sondervan, publishing consultant, Utrecht University Library (confirmed)

Jeroen has been a commissioning editor for Amsterdam University Press from 2007 until 2016. For over 8 years he has been working on open access journals and monographs, specifically in the fields of film and media studies. He is currently working as open access publishing consultant for Utrecht University. He is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Open Access Group, the Dutch library consortium OA working group, and editor of the national platform

  • 10:45 – 12:00: Keynote: Prof. dr. Malte Hagener, Phillips Universität, Marburg (confirmed)

Malte is professor in media studies with a focus on history, aesthetics and theory of the film at Philipps-University Marburg. Most important research areas are: film and media history, film theory, media education. He is also one of the co-founding editors of NECSUS and founder of the recently launched project MediaRep, a subject repository for media studies.

A selection of his recent publications: The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowledge Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-garde in Europe, 1919-1945, Berghahn, 2017. Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses, Routledge, 2010 (2ns edition 2015). Moving Forward, Looking Back: The European Avant-garde and the Invention of Film Culture, 1919-1939, Amsterdam University Press, 2007.

  • 11:30-12:00: Q&A and discussion

  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch and poster sessions

  • 13:00 – 14:00: Workshop 1: Research and Analysis

Workshop lead: Janneke Adema, Coventry University (confirmed)
Janneke is a research fellow at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (Coventry University) and promotes and supports the Radical Open Access Collective.

  • 14:00 – 15:00: Workshop 2: Writing and Publishing

Workshop lead: Jeroen Sondervan, Utrecht University (confirmed)

Presentation: Anne Donlon, Humanities Commons, MLA (confirmed)
Anne is product manager digital initiatives at Humanities Commons.

Presentation: ScholarlyHub project by Guy Geltner
Guy is professor of medieval history at the University of Amsterdam and an open access and social justice activist. In November 2017 he helped found ScholarlyHub, a grassroots initiative to develop a non-profit communications platform to help learned societies create sustainable alternatives for publishers and commercial academic networks, as well as to provide a safe and inclusive environment for scholars and scholarship using communities of practice outside academia. He’ll talk on what is would take to irrevocably change our world of scholarly communications.

  • 15:00 – 15:30: Pause and conversations

  • 15:30 – 16:30: Workshop 3: (Open) Peer review

Workshop lead: Bianca Kramer, Utrecht University Library (confirmed)
Bianca is a subject librarian for life sciences and medicine at Utrecht Library, with a strong focus on scholarly communication and Open Science. Through her work on the project ‘101 innovations in scholarly communication‘ (including a worldwide survey of >20,000 researchers) she is investigating trends in innovations and tool usage across the research cycle.

  • 16:30 – 17:30: Workshop 4: Public engagement

Workshop lead: TBC

  • 17:30: Wrap up and closing remarks

  • 17:45: Drinks and bites

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