Collaborative Filmmaking Approaches in Archaeology, Heritage and Development

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Dutch Institute in Athens, Greece.

The conference/workshop held in Leiden in October 2018 helped create a network of researchers and students interested in exploring the intersections between archaeology, heritage, and development studies with audiovisual tools. Since filmmaking is both a reflection and a projection of the self and the other, most of the discussions engaged the inter-subjectivity of filmmaking and collaborative praxis as an ethical strategy to cope with these issues were central topics. Apart from that, basic training was provided for students, who had the opportunity to conduct a filming exercise at Leiden’s market, achieving splendid results.

A second workshop is now scheduled, but this time in Athens, Greece under the sponsorship of the Dutch Institute in Athens, as well as the Centre for Global Heritage and Development.

It will be a one week intensive workshop, in which students from Archaeology, Visual Ethnography, Heritage and Development will have the opportunity to pair up with local students, get training in audiovisual tools as well as collaborative strategies with local stakeholders. In particular, we will focus on the relationships between Athens’ dwellers and their archaeological heritage, as well as with archaeology in general. As one of the major archaeological attractions of the world, the city receives almost 30 million tourists every year, affecting the livelihoods of locals. In particular, we shall focus on the local relationship with archaeologists, archaeological projects, excavations and heritage. The workshop will consist of theoretical and methodological training during the week and will include screenings and discussions during the last day.

Course period, dates and times
The course consists of 7 intensive days with lectures and field research. The first course day will be on the 6st of October, the last on the 13th, and the presentations of students will take place on October 13th. Daily classes will be scheduled between 10.00 to 15.00 (depending on courses), including lunch break. The rest of the time, students will conduct field research. Students are able to arrive on the 4th or 5th of October and are expected to depart on the 14th.

Only outstanding students in their last BA year, or enrolled in a Master, Research Masters and PhD track at the time of the workshop can participate in the seminar. Students can apply by sending an application form (which can be downloaded from the website of the Dutch institute in Athens) The number of participating students is limited (max. 20 students), so we encourage early registration. Selecting criteria will apply. 

ARCHON members will receive 3 ECTS upon presenting their end product (audiovisual memory) and a short essay (max. 1000 words) reflecting on the experience. 

Costs and subsidies
The total cost of the course is 300€ for all students registered at E.U. universities including accommodation. Same fees will apply for students registered at universities in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Central/South America. Overseas (non-EU) fees are 550€ including accomodation.  If students chose to seek accommodation independently, then the cost of the course is only 150€.  Students are expected to cover their airplane return ticket from the Netherlands or country of origin to Athens and their lunch and dinner costs. 

LDE Scholarship
With the support of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development students from LDE Universities (Leiden, Delft, Erasmus Rotterdam) can obtain a full grant (€300) to cover the course and accommodation fees if they produce an audiovisual report of the workshop to be published on the CGHD website. Please contact Dr. Ortiz for more information.