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Berber Hagedoorn her research on media representations, television history and documentary, and the re-use of archival footage, at the symposium Photography Research in the Digital Age in Paradiso | Photograph by Sebastiaan ter Burg

I am Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. I am specialized in Media and Cultural Studies, studying the representation of past events, participatory media, multi-platform storytelling, cultural memory and the re-use of archival footage, particularly for television, film and digital media. I am Vice-Chair of the ECREA Television Studies section (www.ecrea.eu), organizing cooperation for European research and education into television’s history and future as a multi-platform storytelling practice. My Digital Humanities experience includes (inter-)national projects on digitalized audio-visual heritage and cultural memory such as VideoActive and EUscreen, promoting the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history (www.euscreen.eu). In my dissertation project Doing History, Creating Memory I explored how television’s convergence with new media technologies has affected its role as a mediator of the past from 2000 onwards, when television professionals in the Netherlands seized the opportunity to experiment with storytelling practices made possible by the increased digitisation of archival collections and the presence of online platforms. I have published in amongst others Media and CommunicationContinuum, Studies in Documentary Film, Rundfunk und Geschichte, Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis (Journal of Media History) and am the guest editor together with Jérôme Bourdon of the special issue on European Television Memories in VIEW. My most recent international publication is The End of the Television Archive as We Know It? The National Archive as an Agent of Historical Knowledge in the Convergence Era (2016) in Media and Communication, written together with curator Bas Agterberg. In 2016-2017, I work as a Researcher in Residence (Fellowship) at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, researching audio-visual representations of historical news events in the context of DIVE+ and CLARIAH, which builds an innovative approach for interaction, interpretation and exploration of digital heritage of different linked online collections. I am also the Vice-Chair and First Secretary of the Dr. Catherine van Tussenbroek Fund, supporting female research talent in Dutch academia. You can find out more about my research, presentations and teaching activities on this page. Feel free to contact me (b.hagedoorn@rug.nl) for any queries.

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