Symposium: Sharing

We chose sharing as our guiding principle for FIAF’s two-day 2018 Symposium and we aim to highlight as many aspects of it as possible. While we all acknowledge the uniqueness of our collections, we try to come up with ways of sharing not only their “content” but also their related data, as well as the tools and methods we use to preserve and research them. In addition as FIAF archives, part of an international community, we don’t operate as islands but must consider our efforts and tasks in line with other partners in the field, just like other cultural heritage institutions. At this Symposium we would like to examine and discuss what we share, with whom, and how, but also the possible limits of sharing, and what justifications they might have. We would also like to explore the notion of sharing as a means to better understand what challenges lie before us today and would benefit from communal solutions.



The Symposium Advisory Board would like to sincerely thank all of you who have answered our Call for Proposals, which reached its deadline on December 8.

We have received a total of 62 really promising proposals (either for individual papers or panels, altogether enough for more than two symposia) and are starting the evaluation process. It won’t be easy, so please bear with us.

Those who have sent us a proposal should have received a notification of receipt (if you haven’t, please get in touch) and will be provided with feedback as soon as possible, on 1 February at the latest.

We hope to make the whole program publicly available on 5 March. Should you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our general Congress email:



October 2017: CFP (Call for Proposals) published and circulated
8 December 2017: Deadline for receiving proposals
1 February 2018: Notification and feedback
5 March 2018: Final Symposium program announced
22 April 2018: FIAF 2018 Congress opens in Prague
23–24 April 2018: FIAF 2018 Symposium (first two days of the FIAF Congress)



The Symposium is being coordinated by Matěj Strnad (Národní filmový archiv), with further input from the Symposium Advisory Board: Lucie Česálková (Národní filmový archiv), Michal Bregant (Národní filmový archiv), Paula Félix-Didier (Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducros Hicken), Adelheid Heftberger (Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften), and Jon Wengström (Svenska Filminstitutet). The role of the Advisory Board is to contribute to the conceptualization of the Symposium and participate in the evaluation of the proposals that are submitted.



We will investigate the option of publishing the Symposium proceedings, reaching a definite decision in early 2018.



Colleagues from the FIAF community delivering presentations at the Symposium will be able to apply for funding from the Christian Dimitriu Fund; applications will open in December. Note that some funding for other Symposium speakers might also be available, so please state in your proposal whether you would like to request financial assistance to attend the Symposium.



For any inquiries or comments, and to submit your proposals, please use the following email address: