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Exploring the Past and Future of Audiovisual Media in the Baltic Sea Region: Archives, Digital Platforms, Researchers and Spectators

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Film History Conference

June 6–8, 2024 

Venue: Cinema "K.Suns"

Elizabetes Street 83/85, Riga

Programme | June 6


8:30 - 9:30 | Baltic Audiovisual Archive Council's General meeting (BAAC members only)

9:30 - 10:00 | Registration

10:00 - 10:45 | Opening of the conference by Dean of the Latvian Academy of Culture Dāvis Sīmanis and President of the Board of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council Gatis Karlsons

10:45 - 11:45 |  Keynote: Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia) "Frames of History: Navigating the Politics of Film Heritage", chair Zane Balčus (Vilnius University, Latvian Academy of Culture)

11:45 - 13:15 | Panel I. Film collections, digitization, and sustainability

Yuliia Kovalenko (Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Kharkiv State Academy of Culture) "Updating and Preserving Audiovisual Collections in the Digital Space of Ukraine"

Mikko Kuutti (National Audiovisual Institute, Finland) "The Finnish Film Collections"

Noora Kallioniemi (University of Turku) "Sustainability in Digital Humanities and ​​Film Archiving"

Chair Zane Balčus (Vilnius University, Latvian Academy of Culture)

13:15 - 14:30 | Lunch break

14:30 - 16:00 | Panel II. Reaching audiences

Līga Vinogradova (Latvian Academy of Culture) "From Cinemas to Home-Based Film Watching: Audience Research in Latvian Cinemas"

Dita Rietuma (Latvian Academy of Culture, Rīga Stradiņš University) "Latvian Contemporary Cinema in the Era of Streaming"
Jarmo Nagel (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia) "Film Heritage in the Classroom – edu.arkaader Case Study"

Chair: Dace Čaure (LAC Riga Film Museum)

16:00 - 17:00­­ | Panel III. Interpreting film texts and contexts

Samantha Bodamer (University of Pittsburgh) "Temporal Assemblages: The Interplay of Fictional Narrative and Archival Footage in Viesturs Kairišs’s January "

Elīna Reitere (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, Kino Raksti) "Your Happiness (Tava laime) by Ada Neretniece and Epistemic Imperialism of the Discursive Fields"

Chair: Daniela Zacmane (LAC Riga Film Museum)

Programme | June 7

10:00 - 11:00 |  Keynote: Jaimie Baron (UC Berkeley) "The Archive, the AI Gaze, and the Refraction of Historical Evidence", chair Zane Balčus (Vilnius University, Latvian Academy of Culture)

11:00 - 12:30­­ | Panel IV. Nordic film archives: history and contemporary practices

Jon Wengström (Swedish Film Institute) "The History of the Swedish Film Institute’s Archival Collections"

Thomas C. Christensen (Danish Film Institute) "Film Archiving in Denmark – Past and Present"

Jan Erik Holst (independent critic, curator) "The Establishment of a Norwegian Cinematheque. A Study of Its Founding, Development, and Challenges Through 40 Years"

Chair: Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia)

12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00 | Panel V. Navigating archival materials on and off screen

Céline Vermeire (meemoo), Bruno Mestdagh (CINEMATEK (the Royal Film Archive of Belgium)) "Flemish Non-Fiction Film Heritage Mapped Out"

Zane Balčus (Vilnius University, Latvian Academy of Culture) "Microhistorical Autobiographical Narratives in Recent Baltic Documentary Cinema"

Lāsma Bērtule (The National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture) "Transmutation of the Text: Book of High Wisdom on the World and Nature"

Chair: Daniela Zacmane (LAC Riga Film Museum)

15:00 - 16:30 | Panel VI. Shifting perspectives

Lina Kaminskaite-Jančoriene (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) "How Are Streaming Platforms Impacting Small Film Industries?"

Inese Boka-Grūbe (Latvian Academy of Culture) "Modelling and Profiling of Audience of Historical Films in the Marketing Messages of Digital Distribution (reviewing cases of Latvia and beyond)"

Aigars Ceplītis & Voyce Sabrina Durling-Jones (RISEBA University) "Spectatorship Archaeology in JFK MEMENTO (2023): Prosthetic Memory on Shard Platforms in Cinematic VR"

Chair: Dace Čaure (LAC Riga Film Museum)

Programme | June 8

10:00 - 11:00­ | Keynote: Madara Didrihsone (Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents) "Digital Transformation of the Latvian State Archive of Audiovisual Documents", chair Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia)

11:00 - 12:30 | Panel VII. Film heritage revisited

Inga Pērkone (Latvian Academy of Culture) "The Digital Age: Rediscovering Latvian Film History"

Sergei Kruk (Rīga Stradiņš University) "Feeling, Imaging, Reflecting, Informing: Semiotic Diversity of Soviet Latvia Newsreels"

Daira Āboliņa (University of Latvia) "In Search of Lost Time and Movies. Non-Retrievability of CTV Films as a Consequence of Colonialism"

Chair: Lina Kaminskaite-Jančoriene (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

12:30 - 13:00 | Coffee Break

13:00 - 14:00­ | Panel VIII. Collecting and translating various media forms

Jolė Stimbirytė (Lithuanian Central State Archive) "Amateur Films in Lithuania: History and People, Challenges and Discoveries"

Alexander Sheyn (RISEBA University), ​​Nikolai Margiev (independent scholar) "Translating Personal Media From Memory to History"

Chair: Samantha Bodamer (University of Pittsburgh)

14:00 - 14:30 | Concluding remarks

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