Workshop: How to Keep our Audiovisual Memories Safe?


How to Keep our Audiovisual Memories Safe?
Storing Home Movies, Home Video and Online Content

On May 2-3 in Bonn, in the Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn an international event will take place in which various parties will discuss several practices of collecting, storing, preserving and contextualizing home movies and how this knowledge can be transferred to do-it-yourself archivists at home as well. The workshop will explore different perspectives offered by film archivist, scholars and film makers on how to store home movies, home video and online content. The aim of the workshop is to develop an online Best Practice Guide that will bring together expertise and experience about the following themes:

  • Collecting and cataloging the family archive
  • Preservation and digitization
  • Contextualizing the audiovisual home mode
  • Exhibiting/re-use of the private archive

The workshop is organized by the project-team of the research project “Changing Platforms of Ritualized Memory Practices. The Cultural Dynamics of Home Movies” and is hosted by the Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte in Bonn. You are welcome to join our workshop. Admission is free, but a reservation is required.

Program outline:

Thursday, 2 May

13.00   Opening: Dr. Eckhard Bolenz, Head of the Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte

13.10: Introduction of the theme of the workshop by Andreas Fickers (Maastricht University)

13.20  Theme 1: Collecting and Cataloging the family archive

15.30  Tea Break

16.00   Theme 2: Preservation and digitalization

17.30: Pictures of Cultural Changes in rural western Germany – Visual documentary in the LVR-Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte (Dagmar Hänel, Bonn)

19.00 Diner

Friday, 3 May

9.30     Theme 3: Contextualizing the audiovisual home mode: mapping the user 1

  • Michael Strangelove, University of Ottawa (Canada): Users & YouTubers: who are they?
  • Sylvie Dhaene, Huis van Alijn (Belgium): providing contextual information: interviewing the user about their use: doing oral history
  • Andreas Fickers, University of Maastricht (The Netherlands): The challenge of historical re-enactments: Reconstructing Screening Practices

11.00 Coffee break

11.30   Theme 4: contextualizing the collection:

Lunch 13.00

14.00 Theme 5: Exhibiting/re-use of the private archive

16.00 Closing discussion

17.00  Drinks


See you in Bonn!

Dagmar Hänel (LVR), Andreas Fickers (Maastricht University) en Susan Aasman (University of Groningen)

For more information and reservation: Susan Aasman (

For more information on the program and the research-project:

Information how to find the Institute LVR:


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