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Eye International Conference 2023

Activating the Archive: Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration and Societal Change

4 — 7 June 2023

The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather together and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

Eye Filmmuseum and the University of Amsterdam will present the 8th Eye International Conference on ‘Activating the Archive: Audiovisual Collections and Civic Engagement, Global Collaboration, and Societal Change’.

Following the first Activating the Archive conference in 2018, which looked at how audiovisual archives can stimulate people to engage with specific social and political causes, or support the efforts of advocates and activists, this second edition seeks to continue and expand this conversation by asking how audio-visual collections can be used and created as communal resources, through global and local projects and collaborations, from the stage of their inception to that of their re-appropriation, from inside as well as outside the archive. Within this scope, the 2023 Activating the Archive edition is seeking contributions that cut across different fields, practices and regional contexts, to reflect a diverse array of approaches to collaboration and community-based audio-visual archiving.

The 2022-2023 academic year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Master’s in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P), a programme of the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Living Media Arts foundation (LIMA), and many other institutions worldwide that have hosted P&P students for their internship. The conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate this milestone.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is closed.

Travel Grant Programme

Eye has a travel grant programme for accepted speakers of the Eye International Conference. The grants can be used to partially offset registration and travel costs. You can read more about how to apply in the Call for Proposals.


The Eye International Conference 2023 will take place in Amsterdam from Sunday, 4 to Wednesday 7 June 2023. Please note that the official opening of the Eye International Conference will take place in the evening of Saturday 3th June in combination with the annual Meet the Archive programme.

Participants are also invited to two annual side events:
- Meet the Archive, a public program highlighting recent projects with the Eye Collection, on Saturday, 3 June.
- Open House at the Eye Collection Centre, a program of guided tours, presentations, demonstrations, and screenings, on Wednesday 7 June (limited capacity).


Steering committee

Giovanna Fossati (President)
Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
Frank Roumen (Meet the Archive)

Programme committee

Giovanna Fossati (Eye/University of Amsterdam)
Anne Gant (Eye)
Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
Christian Olesen (University of Amsterdam)
Asli Özgen-Havekotte (University of Amsterdam)
Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

This event is organised by Eye Filmmuseum in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is supported by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Amsterdam School For Heritage, Memory And Material Culture (AHM), and Netherlands Institute For Cultural Analysis (NICA)