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Conference: Rethinking Media Archivism November 10-11

Published on 10 September, 2010

International workshop, November 10-11, 2010, National Library of Sweden, Stockholm

Once upon time, film scholars haunted archives and libraries in search of tangible source material. Only in the 1980’s, did scholarly interest in this area of study start gravitating towards archives, concurrent the surge of video culture and new festival venues. Students of film today often believe that “everything” is available on the Web and, thus, can be “googled”. If not “there”—it doesn’t exist. In such an ideal world, cultural heritage and contemporary mass culture are well co-mingled and one can merrily shop around on the laptop, iPhone or Blackbery, save time, download primary and secondary material (legally or otherwise), and leave archives and libraries behind. Or can we? Is Web-archivism merely a publicity stunt which does a disservice to new media cinema studies if it encourages scholars to bypass “real” archives? Or does digital archiving, as an appetizer of sorts, prompt students to explore material in old-school archives? And does a focus on the Web within archives divert funding from urgent, but less glamorous needs, such as preserving cellulose nitrate film?

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