Archive for January, 2008

Following on from MeCCSA’s Future of Screen Heritage symposium held in September 2007 at Roehampton, this one day conference (supported by the BUFVC) on Saturday 15 March 2008, University of Leeds seeks to ‘reassesses aspects of the institutional and intellectual links which exist between our film archives and our universities, and explores how they might develop and strengthen.’ The following speakers and presentations will not only raise issues ranging from digitised to content to copyright, and challenges they bring, but also provoke discussion and debate.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Charles Barr (Washington University in St. Louis)
Nicholas Pronay (University of Leeds)

Confirmed presentations from:
Claude Mussou (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, Paris)
Johan Oomen (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum)
Patrick Russell (BFI, London)
Justin Smith (University of Portsmouth)
Richard Taylor (East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich)
Peter Todd (BFI, London)

Delegate fees are £30 concessionary rate; £40 standard rate; £50 for
registrations after March 7th. Fees include lunch and refreshments. To register your interest in attending, and for other information phone or send an email to:

Sarah Ventress
Research Officer
Institute of Communications Studies

Email: S.A.Ventress@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (113) 343 5805

Full registration forms and payment details to be made available shortly, via the Institute of Communications Studies and Louis Le Prince websites.

Organised by the Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and
Television, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds.

Supported by the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, Practice Section (MeCCSA Practice); and by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).


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The survey has uncovered small collections that often dip below the radar because they are held by organisations other than museums and archives and Anti-Slavery International is a good example of one of these. Founded in 1839, it is one of the world’s oldest international human rights organisations and has a significant collection of magic lantern slides dating from the early twentieth century. These were used by the Congo Reform Association in their campaign to raise awareness about the abuses taking place in the Belgian Congo, revealing valuable context as to how this aspect of our screen heritage was utilised to inform and persuade as well as entertain.

Anti-Slavery International Magic Lantern Slide Collection

“Two youths from the Equator District. the hands of Mola, seated, have been destroyed by gangrene after being tied too tightly by soldiers. The right hand of Yoka standing was cut off by soldiers wanting to claim him as killed.” Circa 1904 Alice Harris / Anti-Slavery International.

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