On Wednesday, the final of the ‘Flemish PhD cup‘ will take place in Brussels. The Belgian newspaper De Standaard published an article (in Dutch) on this contest, which aims to stimulate a more intense interaction between academic research and the broader society. Flanders Today, the English-language magazine of the Flemish government, also published an article on the PhD cup, including an interview with me.
The latest issue of the Dutch-Flemish cultural magazine Ons Erfdeel has been published. It features a short article I wrote on the internationalization policy of the Dutch Film Fund and the longstanding co-operation with Flemish film production policy. You can download the article (in Dutch) here. This article results from my research stay at the University of Amsterdam. I am also preparing a larger article based on my research during that stay!
Following upon the European Screens conference, MeCETES invited me to write this blog post for their website. Based on my conference presentation (together with Daniel Biltereyst, Philippe Meers and Roel Vande Winkel), I describe how film policy in Flanders is responding to intensified media convergence trends in the film industry. I conclude by arguing that although there is a definite and irreversible expansion of film policy to broader creative screens policies, the film policy component, and more specifically the fiction film production policy component, retains its central place within the policy framework, around which new media policies are organized.
You can read the blog post at full length here.
I’m currently attending the ‘European Screens Conference’ at the University of York. It feels kind of pleasantly weird to be back at this ‘young but big’ UK university (it was established in 1963). As a PhD student, I lived at the university campus (a few miles outside of York, which has nature and quietness as advantages, but a feeling of being-detached-from-real-life as a disadvantage) for a few months in the spring of 2013. I worked here on my PhD under the supervision of Andrew Higson, a leading scholar in British, heritage and national cinema.
Part of the MeCETES team presenting their research results. From left: Rasmus Helles, Signe Sophus Lai, Huw D Jones, Andrew Higson, Tim Raats, Ilse Schooneknaep
Andrew is also the organizer of the ‘European Screens conference’, which focuses on various aspects of film and television industries in Europe. It is the end conference of the extremely interesting MeCETES (Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens) research project. This big European-funded collaborative research project examined contemporary European film and television drama from a variety of angles. The University of York team focused mainly on cinema, the University of Copenhagen team on television drama, and the Free University of Brussels team on governmental policy aspects.
My own presentation, tomorrow morning, will also focus on the policy side of the film industry; together with Daniel Biltereyst, Philippe Meers and Roel Vande Winkel, I will focus on how ‘film policy’ in Flanders has evolved to ‘creative screens policies’ in recent years, with special attention to media convergence trends and the continuing centrality of (feature) film (production).