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mw. dr. E.L. (Eef) Masson

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Kamernummer: 1.15A
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  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Eef Masson is an assistant professor at UvA’s Media Studies department. She studied Germanic languages and literature in Gent (BE) and film studies and media archiving in Norwich (UK). Early on in her career, she worked in the Collections Department of the Netherlands Filmmuseum (now Eye Filmmuseum); first as a film restorer, and later as a project leader. In 2010, she obtained her PhD from Utrecht University with a thesis proposing an approach to the study of non-theatrical and 'utility' films, centering on the case of classroom films in the post-Second-World-War period (published in 2012 as Watch and Learn: Rhetorical Devices in Classroom Films after 1940). She teaches among others in UvA’s MAs in Film Studies and Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, and also acts as coordinator for the latter programme. She is a senior researcher on the NWO-funded project The Sensory Moving Image Archive (SEMIA): Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (until August 2019). With Giovanna Fossati, she also coordinates the research group Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition (ASCA).

    Eef's teaching and research interests include: film and media history (specifically the use of film for non-entertainment purposes and in non-theatrical contexts); media historiographies; media archives and preservation; museums and media; digital tools for media history research and archival access.

  • Research

    Monograph/edited volumes
     

    2018: with Karin van Es (eds.), Big Data Histories (special Issue of TMG - Journal for Media History, 21/2).

    2014: with Martina Roepke (eds.), The Making of Media (special issue of Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 17/1).

    2012: Watch and Learn: Rhetorical Devices in Classroom Films after 1940 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press).

    Selected articles/book chapters
     

    Forthcoming: with Karin van Es, “Rain on your Radar: Engaging with Weather Data Visualizations as part of Everyday Routines,” in: Martin Engebretsen and Helen Kennedy (eds.), Data Visualization in Society (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press).

    2019: with Karin van Es, “Encounters at the Threshold: Interfacing Data in Urban SpaceLeonardo Electronic Almanac 22/4 [special issue: Urban Interfaces: Media, Art and Performance in Public Spaces, ed. by Nanna Verhoeff, Sigrid Merx and Michiel de Lange].

    2018: “Data-Based Art, Algorithmic Poetry: Geert Mul in conversation with Eef Masson,” TMG - Journal for Media History, 21/2, pp. 170-186.

    2018: “Appraisal and Selection in Moving Image Archives: Legacy and Transformations,” in: Paul Drossens, Caroline de Hart, Iris Heidebrink and F. Foscarini (eds.), Selectie II: Theorie, praktijk, trends en nieuwe ontwikkelingen (Jaarboek Stichting Archiefpublicaties 18) (The Hague: Stichting Archiefpublicaties), pp. 186-203.

    2017: with Karin van Es, “Visualizing Connectivity: Data as Evidence in The Architecture of Radio,” First Monday, 22/10, http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v22i10.8039.

    2017: “Humanistic Data Research: An Encounter between Academic Traditions,” in: Mirko Tobias Schaefer and Karin van Es (eds.), The Datafied Society: Studying Culture through Data (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), pp. 25-37.

    2017: “Media in Contemporary Heritage Presentation: The Case of the Amsterdam Museum,” in: Zvjezdana Antos, Annette B. Fromm and Viv Golding (eds.), Museums and Innovations (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp. 163-174.

    2016: with Christian Olesen, Jasmijn van Gorp, Giovanna Fossati and Julia Noordegraaf, “Data-Driven Research for Film History: Exploring the Jean Desmet Collection,” The Moving Image, 16/1 [special issue: Early Cinema and the Archives], pp. 82-105.

    2016: “A Legal Alien: The 16mm Projector in the Classroom,” in: Annie van den Oever and Giovanna Fossati (eds.), Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), pp. 200-208.

    2014: “ De onderwijsfilm als didactisch middel en creatief product: Het maakproces in films van de N.O.F.,” Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 17/1, pp. 27-38.

    2014: “ The Making of Media (I),” Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 17/1, pp. 3-5.

    2013: “Teaching (with) Film: Shifts in 1950s Discourse on the Role of Film in Compulsory Education,” in: Anna Bertolli, Andrea Mariana and Martina Panelli (eds.), Il cinema si impara? Sapere, formazione, professioni/Can We Learn Cinema? Knowledge, Training, the Profession (Udine: Forum), pp. 241-249.

    2011: “ De pil vergulden – of toch niet? Retorische strategieën in naoorlogse onderwijsfilms (1941-1963),” Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 14/1, pp. 74-92.

    2009: “De grote karekiet: Nestbouw en broedverzorging,” Lessen: Periodiek van het Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum en de Vereniging van Vrienden, 4/2, pp. 27-29.

    2009: with Frank Kessler, “Layers of Cheese: Generic Overlap in Early Non-fiction Films on Production Processes,” in: Vinzenz Hediger and Patrick Vonderau (eds.), Films that Work: Industrial Film and the Productivity of Media (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), pp. 75-84.

    2007: “Celluloid Teaching Tools: Classroom Films in the Netherlands (1941-1953),” Film History, 19/4, pp. 392-400.

    2007: with Frank Kessler, “Schichtkäse: Zur Problematik des Industriefilms als Genre,” in: Vinzenz Hediger and Patrick Vonderau (eds.), Filmische Mittel, industrielle Zwecke: Das Werk des Industriefilms (Berlin: Vorwerk 8), 73-82.

    2006: “Didaktik vs. Pädagogik: Ein kontextueller Ansatz für die Untersuchung von Unterrichtsfilmen,” Montage/AV 15, no. 1: 10-25.

    Selected lectures and conference papers
     

    2019: “Experience and Experimentation in the Sensory Moving Image Archive Project,” invited lecture for Transmission in Motion seminar, Utrecht University, Utrecht (NL), 2 May. This post links to responses to the lecture.

    2019: co-authored with Christian Olesen and Giovanna Fossati, “From Search to Explore: Visual Analysis as an Aid to Accessing Large-Scale Digitized Moving Image Collections,” paper presented at Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle (US), 16 March.

    2018: co-authored with Christian Olesen and Giovanna Fossati, “Visual Analysis as a Means of Tactical Subversion in the Exploration of Digitized Moving Image Collections,” paper presented at Annual Conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL), 28 juni.

    2017: with Karin van Es, "The Power of Evidentiary Regimes in Speculative Data Visualisation," paper presented at Data Power 2017 conference, Carleton University, Ottawa (CA), 22 June.

    2016: “Screens in Contemporary Heritage Presentation: Museum Media and the Visitor Address,” paper presented at Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow (GB), 25 June.  

    2016: “Data-Driven Film History: Experiences from the Mapping Desmet project,” invited contribution to Early Cinema Colloquium, Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht (NL), 30 April.

    2015: “Utility Films in the Contemporary Heritage Museum,” paper presented at Annual Conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, University of Łódź (PL), 19 June.

    2015: co-authored with Christian Olesen, Jasmijn van Gorp, Giovanna Fossati and Julia Noordegraaf, “Reconstructing Chromatic Experience in Early Dutch Film Distribution: The Case of EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection,” paper presented at What is Cinema History? A HOMER Network Conference, University of Glasgow (GB), 23 June.

    2015: co-authored with Christian Olesen and Jasmijn Van Gorp, “Reconstructing Chromatic Experience in Early Dutch Film Distribution through EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection,” paper presented at The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema conference, EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam (NL), 30 March. 

    2014: “Media in Contemporary Heritage Presentation: The Case of the Amsterdam Museum,” paper presented at Annual Conference of the International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (International Council of Museums), Mimara Museum, Zagreb (HR), 16 October.

    2014: “16mm Films for the Classroom: History and Didactic Approach,” invited keynote lecture, held at Joint Special Interest Group Meeting on “Instructional Design” (SIG 6) and “Learning and Instruction with Computers” (SIG 7), European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), 28 August.

    2013: “The Film Projector in the Classroom: Reception, Use and the Pedagogical Dispositif,” paper presented at symposium “The Film Archive as Research Laboratory,” University of Groningen (NL), 15 January.

    2012: “The Rhetoric of ‘Other’ Cinemas: Towards an Analytical Approach,” paper presented at Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow (GB), 30 June.

    2012: “The Non-Theatrical in Film Heritage and Scholarship,” invited lecture, held at 10th MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School, Gorizia (IT), 23 March.

    2012: “Teaching (with) Film: Shifts in 1950s Discourse on the Role of Film in Compulsory Education,” paper presented at 19th International Film Studies Conference, University of Udine (IT), 21 March.

    2011: “Whose Master’s Voice? Sound and Speech in Classroom Teaching Films of the 1950s,” paper presented at Annual Conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, University of London (GB), 26 June.

    2010: “Classroom Teaching Films and the Pedagogical Dispositif,” invited lecture, held at Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media, Utrecht University (NL), 9 July.

    2010: “Film and the New Education: The Tension between Tradition and Reform in Dutch Writings on the Classroom Use of Moving Images,” paper presented at Annual Conference of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (TR), 25 June.

    2009: “Films in the Classroom,” invited lecture, held at workshop “The Images that Changed our Lives: Advertising Films,” Nederlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (NL), 21 November.

    2008: “De pil vergulden – of toch niet? Retorische strategieën in naoorlogse onderwijsfilms,” invited lecture, held at seminar “Een eeuw onderwijsfilm,” Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, Rotterdam (NL), 11 December.

    2007: “His Master’s Voice: Oral Practices in Classroom Teaching Films from the Sound Era,” paper presented at colloquium “Pratiques Orales du Cinéma,” University of Montreal (CA), 24 October.

    2006: “Onderwijsfilm in Nederland (1941-1963): De NOF-collectie van Beeld en Geluid als bron voor onderzoek en educatie,” invited lecture, held at Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum (NL), 9 October.

    2006: “How Teaching Films Teach: Strategies of Motivation in Dutch Classroom Films of the 1940s and 50s,” paper presented at 5th Orphan Film Symposium, University of South Carolina, Columbia (US), 25 March.

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