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Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present the 7th Eye International Conference on ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices’.

Event details of Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices
Start date 29 May 2022
End date 31 May 2022
© Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL, 2011, Kabul, Afghanistan, 19:32 min. In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi. BY-NC-ND

Dates: May 29-31, 2022
Location: Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Organizers: Giovanna Fossati (President), Gerdien Smit (Secretary), Frank Roumen (Meet the Archive)
Contact & Registration:
Credits: 2 ECTS
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The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, researchers, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

The 2022 edition will focus on the imbalance or current misrepresentation of global audiovisual heritage holdings, looking in particular at the alarming scarcity of audiovisual heritage from the Global South in the digital space.* We will provide speakers and participants a platform to encourage knowledge exchange between scholars and archivists from different parts of the world, and different archival traditions. The conference offers a space to consider the impact of geographical location, the availability of resources, technical and digital gaps, and different audiovisual traditions. We will discuss archival challenges and think together about new models for collaboration.

The goal of the conference is to broaden the knowledge and connections within the global archival community, leading to new insights on the status of film heritage and archiving in different parts of the world.


For this edition, we are aiming to offer a hybrid conference format to accommodate everyone. In this case, there will be a separate registration fee for in-person participants and virtual participants. Please note that all presenters must register for the conference and that we do not provide registration or financial compensation for speakers with the exception of a limited number of travel grants.

1-Minute Film Compilations

Students undertaking the course This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice at the University of Amsterdam have created 1-minute film compilations inspired by the conference theme, ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving’. For the compilations, they have used footage from platforms such as Open ImagesThe Internet Archive, or other open-source repositories.

  • ‘Excess Neglected: Political Memory and Popular Global Archives’ by Lori Stirland-Legret, Tikin Tan, Samuel Smith & Sebastian Rousseau
    Watch here
  • ‘Tu nous regardes comme des insects’ by Ahmed AbdulMageed, Emma Brent & Sanne Hesseling
    Watch here
  • ‘The Cinema Took the Same Route’ by Luis Felipe Ragua Miranda, Tim van de Peppel, Julie Peterse & Iga Romanek
    Watch here
  • ‘Shadows’ by Hanxiao Luo, Haitian Ma, Vera Mennens & Nouk Mutsaers
    Watch here
  • ‘Film Us As We Are’ by Yuanling Hu, Amy Keegan, Cody Kenner & Maud Kissling
    Watch here
  • ‘Your Camera and How to Use It’ by Emma van der Westen, Chen-Yang Zhang, Stanley Ward & Meg Weijers
    Watch here


The Eye International Conference 2022 will take place in Amsterdam, from Sunday, 29 to Tuesday, 31 May, 2022.

Participants are also invited to two annual side events:
– Meet the Archive, a public programme highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection on Saturday 28 May;
– Open House at the Eye Collection Centre, a programme of guided tours, presentations, demonstrations, and screenings, on Wednesday 1 June.


On-site Regular Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 100 euro
On-site Student Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 50 euro
Virtual Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 25 euro

Day tickets
On-site Regular Conference Ticket (1 day): 50 euro
On-site Student Conference Ticket (1 day): 25 euro


Steering committee:
– Giovanna Fossati (President)
– Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
– Frank Roumen (Meet the Archive)

Program committee
– Giovanna Fossati (Eye/University of Amsterdam)
– Anne Gant (Eye)
– Gerdien Smit (Eye)
– Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
– Rachael Stoeltje (AMIA/Indiana University)
– Dennis Doros (AMIA)
– Laura Rooney (AMIA)
– Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

Advisory board
– Aboubakar Sanogo (University of Carleton)
– Ines Aisengart Menezes (Witness)
– Juana Suárez (New York University/APEX)
– Judith Opoku-Boateng (University of Ghana)
– Karen Chan (Asian Film Archive)
– Lisabona Rahman (Freelance Moving Image Preservation and Presentation Consultant)
– Maral Mohsenin (Cinémathèque suisse, University of Lausanne/University of Amsterdam)
– Martino Cipriani (RMIT University Saigon/University of Amsterdam)
– Nour Ouayda (Metropolis Cinema Association Lebanon)

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