Eva Theunissen at UWE Bristol

ViDi-member Eva Theunissen was granted the ActUA-Prijs 2018. This prize is awarded to master’s students and PhD students who aspire a research stay abroad. Eva, who holds an FWO-funded PhD scholarship, will be hosted for a period of three months at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, part of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.

Matthias De Groof talks about Decolonization at Tampere Film Festival

On Thursday, March 8 at 4pm, the Kone Foundation will host a talk session about decolonisation, which can be defined as the dismantlement of visibile and invisibile power structures, at Tampere after the “International Competition 3” screening. Decolonisation is a joint theme of the short films to be seen in the screening.

After the film there will be a discussion about decolonisation with a researcher and two film directors. Matthias de Groof is a research fellow in the University of Helsinki and has strong interest in film theory and film making, Congo and postcolonialism. Director Libby Hakaraia is the founder of Maoriland Film festival in New Zealand and has her film “The lawnmower men of Kapu” at the Tampere Film Festival. The discussion also includes director Daniel Gräbner, whose documentary “Das Projekt” is presented at this screening. They will be interviewed by journalist Monica Gathuo. She is a producer at Ruskeat Tytöt – the first ever media for and by brown people in Finland – and she also works in the ARMA project, funded by Kone Foundation. ARMA combines theory and practice to develop creative uses of digital media, pedagogy and arts as means to promote anti-racism knowledge and values in Finland.

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Matthias De Groof at Helsinki University

Vidi-Member Matthias De Groof was granted a Postdoctoral fellowship in the Arts at the Collegium for Advanced Studies at one of the top 1 % of world's research universities: Helsinki University.

The Present Image, New Book by Paolo Favero

A new book by Paolo FaveroThe Present Image: Visible Stories in a Digital Habitat (Palgrave Macmillan) is out now.

The Present Image explores the world of images in the contemporary, increasingly digitized, habitats of the world. Moving across a theoretical spectrum that brings visual and digital culture in touch with anthropology, political theory, phenomenology and art-history, and based on the author’s practice-based involvement with images, the book argues against the idea of the digital as a revolution in the world of images. “Present images” are the result of a dialectic between the material and the immaterial, the manual and the mechanical, the visible and the audible, the old and the new. Offering an analysis containing simultaneously elements of timeliness and timelessness, the book addressed practices such as VR and 360 degrees, iDocs and action cameras in a dialogue with classical art, religious iconography, early photography and contemporary art. In the final chapter the book explores the significance of images and image-making in the context of dying, mourning and living.

Ali Baharlou awarded at Tehran International Short Film Festival

PhD in the Arts student Ali Baharlou (supervisors Philippe Meers ViDi, UA and Tom De Smedt EMRG, Sint-Lucas Antwerp) has won the Best Religion Short Film at Tehran International Short Film Festival.

For more info and all winners, click here.

Ethnoally listed by MIT's DocuBase

Ethnoally, the digital tool and mobile application that enables researchers to create and organize multimodal field notes for ethnographic studies is now listed by MIT's DocuBase. Ethnoally has been created at ViDi in collaboration with DeustoTech.

Ethnoally is a digital research tool designed for coordinating those multiple acts of “serendipitous ethnography” that can be enacted today in many variable contexts with the help pf smartphones. It was originally ideated by Paolo S. H. Favero with funding from FWO and realized by Alfonso Bahillo (DeustoTech Fundación - University of Deusto). Eva Theunissen has worked on user experience and conducted the first rounds of structured ethnographic testing and London-based visual artist Ali Zaidi had also worked on user experience and developed some aesthetic features.

Launch 'Cinema City Cultures' website

The Cinema City Cultures website, which is now being launched, is linked to a network of collaborative research projects examining and questioning the interconnection between cinema, modernity and urbanity. The network brings together researchers who deal with this topic by using empirical research on urban cinematic practices and experiences. Inspired by a new cinema history approach, projects within the Cinema City Cultures network concentrate on cinematic place and space, programming and audience experience. Bringing together projects from different countries and continents, the network fosters inter- and multidisciplinarity, international collaborative and comparative research, as well as the use of new digital research approaches. Cinema City Cultures is an initiative by Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers. For an overview of projects and researchers, see here.

One-Day Workshop: Crafting the Feature of the Visual

On Friday 13th of September 2019, Paolo SH Favero (University of Antwerp) and Janine Prins (University of Leuven) will be hosting a workshop on the future of the visual essay in collaboration with VANEASA (the visual anthropology network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and its journal AnthroVision. The workshop will take place in room M002 at De Meermine, Sint-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen.

The aim is to explore the way in which new (mainly digital) technologies are contributing to the creation of new ways for publishing social scientific research.

The workshop will focus on creative contributions from early career scholars that can help us identify new ways of thinking about and making visual essays (videoclips, online archives, smartphone applications, virtual, mixed and augmented reality, etc.)

The selected papers will receive feedback from senior scholars in the area. Among them Peter I. Crawford (Univ. of Tromsö), Beate Engelbrecht (Univ. of Göttingen), Michaela Schäuble (Univ. of Bern) Mattijs van de Port (Univ. of Amsterdam), Carolina Cambre (Concordia University), Luc Pauwels (University of Antwerp), Janine Prins (University of Leuven) and Paolo SH Favero (University of Antwerp).

The workshop will develop along 8 presentations distributed over the course of the day.


8:30 - 9:00 - introduction (Paolo SH Favero and Janine Prins)

9:00 to 10:30 - Anne Chahine presents (Janine Prins discussant)
                        Christine Moderbacher presents(Peter Crawford discussant)

10:30 - 11:00 - coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 - Felice Kertudo presents (Caroline Cambre discussant)
​                        Joanna Sleigh presents (Luc Pauwels discussant)

12:30 - 13:30 - lunch break

13:30 - 15:00 - Rob Eagle presents (Paolo SH Favero discussant)
​                        Sabra Thorner presents (Beate Engelbrecht discussant)

15:00 - 15:30 - coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 - Sandro Simon presents (Mattijs van de Port discussant)
​                        Shirley van der Maarel presents (Giulia Battaglia discussant)

17:00 - 18:00 - group discussion and closing remarks 

For more information send and e-mail to Paolo SH Favero: paolo.favero@uantwerpen.be