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GAVA Conference Schedule

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The Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference: Building Alliances (GAVA) is an international collaborative event and outreach program that aims to foster an international network around AV community archives from parts of the world that have historically been left out of mainstream archival discussions. GAVA will bring together archival specialists from across Canada and around the world with a wide range of expertise, experience, and engagement with media archives at an equally wide variety of scales. The discussions, presentations, screenings, video series, workshops, and tours that comprise this project will largely focus on community archives and archival projects by activists and artists. The focus on marginalized audiovisual archives, as emphasized by Caswell (2022), is imperative and directly linked to the urgency of the current situation.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the current version of the conference schedule.

Registration will open in late May. For online attendees, the schedule times below are listed in EST.

July 11, 2024 - Toronto Metropolitan University

Opening Reception
Come join us for a screening and an opening reception at Toronto Metropolitan University (122 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9)! Toronto Metropolitan University is home to the Film+Photography Preservation and Collections Management M.A., which provides students with a two-year comprehensive education in the theory, history, practice, and methods of still and moving image preservation. 

3:00-4:00 PM, Open house of TMU Film and Photo Preservation facilities
4:00-5:00 PM, Welcome reception, TMU Image Arts Lobby
5:00-7:00 PM, Screening: La opción cero (directed by Marcel Beltrán, 2020), followed by a Q&A with the director, TMU Image Arts 307 auditorium

July 12, 2024 - TIFF Lightbox

9:00-9:30 AM, Opening remarks from presenting partners

  • Welcome to GAVA! Introduction by our presenting partners: TIFF, Eye Filmmuseum, and Archive/Counter-Archive.

9-30-10:45 AMPanel: On the Challenges of Building Archival Alliances Across Geographic Contexts

Moderator: Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

  • Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art). “Archive Work as a Collaborative Practice of Learning and Unlearning.”
  • Juana Suarez (New York University). “Understanding the Bureaucratic Scaffold: Tips for ‘Saving Global South Archives’.”
  • Judith Opoku-Boateng (University of Ghana). “Strengthening African Audiovisual Archives: Embracing Intracontinental Linkages.” 
  • Amrita Biswas (Goethe University, Frankfurt). “Restoring Jalsaghar: the Geo-Cultural Politics of Saving Cinema.”

10:45-12:00 PM, Roundtable: Community, Connection and Adversity - AV Archiving in Southeast Asia, Asia and the Pacific

Moderator: Martino Cipriani (RMIT Vietnam)

  • Julie Ann Nealega (Probe Archives, Probe Productions Incorporated – Philippines)  
  • Brenda Danker (Arkib Filem Rakyat, Malaysia)
  • Nathaniel Majaw (The Northeast India AV Archive)
  • Michelle Toro (National Film Institute of Papua New Guinea)

12:00-1:00 PM, Lunch  

  • A light lunch will be provided to registered attendees

1:00-2:30 PM, Screening: Queer Toronto on Cable: This Show May Be Offensive to Heterosexuals (1978-1979)

Moderator: Andrew Burke (University of Winnipeg)

  • Screening and archival intervention presented by Axelle Demus (York University)

2:30-4:00 PM, Panel: Crossing Fonds to Enhance Access and Support Interpretation

Moderator: Andrew Burke (University of Winnipeg)

  • Sara Diamond (OCAD) “Why Cross Fonds?”
  • Karen Knights (VIVO Media Arts Centre) and Sara Diamond (OCAD). “Serving up Feminism: How AV Enriches Labour Archives Across Collections and Decades.”
  • Melanie Hardbattle (Simon Fraser University). “Bringing Past Voices Into Future Dialogues: Exploring New Methods of Archival Access and Activation.”
  • Andrea Fatona (OCAD). “Bridging the Gap: Co-creating Black Presence in the Archives.”
  • Dana Claxton (University of British Columbia). “IMAGeNation in the Archive: NDN'S and FONDS.”

4:00-4:45 PM, Break

4:45-6:30 PM, Show and Tell 1: Political Histories

Moderator: Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

  • Nada El-Omari (Independent filmmaker, Canada). “Mementum”
  • Dimitrios Latsis (University of Alabama). “Partnering with Communities in Audiovisual Archiving Pedagogy.”
  • Lalu Esra Ozban (University of California, Santa Cruz). “Trans Suices are Political: Zirve Soylu.”
  • Nathan Alves (Nova University of Lisbon and Center for Research in Anthropology). “The Kozak's Images Against Genocide: The Restitution of the Films and Photographs to the Xetá Indigenous People.”
  • Julia Minne (Cinémathèque Québécoise and Université de Montréal). “Reactivate the archives of the feminist collective Vidéo Femmes.”

6:30-7:30 PM, Dinner (not provided)

7:30-9:00 PM, Evening screening: Yugantar

Moderator: Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

  • Film and archival project presented by Markus Ruff (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art). Film by the Yuguntar collective (India).
  • Screenings:  MOLKARIN (Maid Servant, 1981); TAMBAKU CHAAKILA OOB ALI (Tobacco Embers, 1982) ; IDHI KATHA MATRAMENA (Is this just a Story?, 1983).

July 13, 2024 - TIFF Lightbox

9:00-10:30 PMRoundtable: Data Loss and the Archival Struggle: A Focus on Nigeria            

Moderator: Aboubakar Sanogo (Carleton University)

  • Didi Cheeka (Lagos Film Society)
  • Nancy King (University of Jos)
  • Ali Nuhu Mohammed (Nigerian Film Corporation)
  • Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art)
  • Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

10:30-12:30 PMShow and Tell 2: Artistic Interventions

Moderator: Michael Zryd (York University)

  • Marcel Beltrán (Independent filmmaker, Cuba).  “Codex República: A Film Essay on Cuba’s Unseen Cinematic History.”
  • Jennifer Dysart (Independent filmmaker, Canada). “Restriction, Impulse and Intention: Reflections on the Archival Origins of Brimming.”
  • Yasmine Benbdallah (University of California, Santa Cruz). “With and Against the Archive: Building a Decolonial Collective in Morocco
  • Asha Tamirisa (Bates College). “Counter-Archiving the Avant-Garde: Digital Communal Archiving.”
  • Mahardika Yudha (Independent curator, Indonesia). “Kultursinema As a Method of Experience History and Film Archives in Indonesia.”
  • Mikhel Proulx (Queen's University). “Tryleather.net and the Collaborative Performance Art Archive of Margaret Dragu.”

12:30-1:30 PM, Lunch: A light lunch will be provided to registered attendees

1:30-2:45 PM, Lightning Talks 1 

Moderator: Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo)

Feminist, queer, and decolonial interventions in the archives 

  • Laura Horak (Carleton). “Audiovisual Archives as (Anti-)Trans Technologies”
  • Lola Remy (McGill). “Solidarity Networks Across Small Archives: The Affective Labour of Chelsea Spengemann.”
  • Brett Loughleed and Albert McLeod: Two-Spirit Archives at the University of Winnipeg). “In Our Own Words: Two-Spirit Oral Histories.”
  • Allison Elliott (The Feminist Institute). “The Feminist Institute’s Pop-Up Memory Lab: An Exploration of Participatory Archival Spaces.”

 Counter-archival practices: new approaches to preservation and collaboration 

  • Joshua Ng (Archives New Zealand). “Preserving New Zealand's Audiovisual Heritage: The Utaina Project.”
  • Paula Albuquerque (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, University of Applied Science). “Glitching the Archive Decolonizing and Anarchiving Proto-Surveillance in Former Colonies.”
  • Diego Cavallotti (University of Cagliari). “Transarchive: A New Epistemological Model For Social Movement Archives.”
  • Michael Marlatt (York University). “Archivist/Curator/Student/User: Creating a Global Audiovisual Archival Disability Network.”

2:45-3:40 PM, Screening: A Movie Camera in Bronzeville: The Obscured His/Herstories of the Ramon Williams Collection

Moderator: Shana MacDonald (University of Waterloo)

  • Screening and archival intervention presented by Saroop Singh (Southside Home Movie Project). 

3:40-4:15 PM, Break

4:15-5:15 PM, Panel: Latin American Kinships for Film Preservations

Moderator: Stacy Allison-Cassin (Dalhousie University)

  • Isabel Wschebor Pellegrino (Universidad de la República, Uruguay). “Independent Audiovisual Preservation in Uruguay: LAPA - Audiovisual Preservation Laboratory.”
  • Lorena Best Urday (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas). “You Again, Miss? María Barea and Warmi Cine y Video”
  • Carolina Cappa (Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola, Spain). “Collective Films Preserved Collectively: On the “Second Hand” Project.”

5:15-6:30 PM, Roundtable: Collaboration and Digitisation: Two Way Learning and Sharing, Creating a Culturally Led Co-design

Moderator: Stacy Allison-Cassin (Dalhousie University)

  • Gillian Moody (National Film and Sound Archive)
  • Tasha James (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Archives)
  • Diat Alferink (Torres Strait Islander Media Association)
  • Michelle Baru Toro (National Film Institute, Papua New Guinea)

6:30-7:30 PM, Dinner (not provided)

7:30-9:00 PM, Evening screening/ WINHANGANHA

Moderator: Stacy Allison-Cassin (Dalhousie University)

  • Film and archival project presented by Meagan Loader (National Film and Sound Archive)

July 14, 2024 - TIFF Lightbox

9:00-10:30 AM, Lightning Talks 2: 

Moderator: Anne Gant (Eye Filmmuseum)

Archives of humanitarian organization and displacement

  • María Fernanda Carrillo (Escuela Nacional de Artes Cinematográficas, UNAM). “Reparation Documentary as a Process: Archives and Collaborative Cinema at Bojayá, Colombia.”
  • Suzanne Langlois (York University) “The Early United Nations’ Films: A Fragile Heritage.”
  • Sanjna Girish Yechareddy. (Graduate Institute of Geneva). “Institutional Cartography and Archive Islands of the ICRC: Mapping Politics of Access” 
  • Marshall Trammell. (Music Research Strategies). “Refugee Knowledge Context: Labels and Notices”

Remediating and reactivating archives 

  • Obarima Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah (Archives at Aburi, Ghana). “SELF-CURATE (And Artist-First Approach to Memory and Imagination).”
  • Lucy Szemetová (University of St Andrews).  “(Re)mediated Realities of the Balázs Béla Stúdio and its Archiving.”
  • Nazli Akhtari (University of Waterloo). “Remixing the Qajar Archives.”
  • Kimberly Tarr (New York University). “Nearly a Half-Century Later: Reactivating Chinese Cable TV (CCTV).”
  • Chantal Partamian (Knowledge Workshop - Beirut, Lebanon). “Archiving LBTQ Narratives in Lebanon: Challenges, Ethics, and Future Preservation in the case of Meem.”

10:30-12:00 PM, Roundtable: Timok Digital - A Model for International Community-Centered Archiving in the Balkans

Moderator: Theo Xenophontos (York University)

  • Kelli Shay Hix (BAVC Media in San Francisco)
  • Marie Lascu (Independent audiovisual archivist, Community Archiving Workshop (CAW))
  • Siobhan C. Hagan (Smithsonian Institution's Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative)
  • Vesna Madžoski (Independent scholar, SKVER)
  • Mikica Andrejić  (Independent photographer, SKVER)
  • Radiša Cvetkovič (Library and mediatheque of Yugoslav film archive)

12:00-1:00 PM, Lunch: A light lunch will be provided to registered attendees

1:00-2:00 PM, Panel: Displaced and Dispersed Film Heritage: Refiguring Global Audiovisual Archiving

Moderator: Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmusem)

  • Farah Clementine Dramani Issifou (Harvard). “Restituting African Film Heritage.”
  • Nikolaus Perneczky (Queen Mary University of London). “'The Diaspora of African Film History': Tracing the Dispersed Archive of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra.”
  • Grazia Ingravalle. (Queen Mary University of London).”Beyond Archival Evidence: Theorising the Intermedial, Accidental, Transnational and Digitally Networked Colonial Film Archive.”

2:00-3:15 PM, Panel: Echoes of Conflict: Retracing Transnational Histories through Sonic and Photographic Remains

Moderator: Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmusem)

  • Christopher Li (Lautarchiv, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). “Rethinking and Sharing a Collection of Recordings with African Prisoners and Internees of the First World War.”
  • Carolyn Birdsall (University of Amsterdam). “Collaborative Approaches to Transnational Conflict Heritage: Nazi Recorded Sound Collections after 1945.”
  • Nkholedzeni Sidney Netshakhuma (University of Cape Town). “The Repatriation of Displaced Radio Recordings Archive After the Apartheid.”
  • Nicole Cartier Barrera (Independent curator and researcher, Colombia). “Thresholds of Liberty and Democracy.”

3:15-4:00 PM, Break

4:00-5:45 PM, Panel: Forging Connections: On the Mobility and Malleability of Europe's LGBTQ+ Archives

Moderator: Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmusem)


  • Juan A. Suárez (University of Murcia). “LGBTQ+ Film Archives across Spain's Regions and Southern Europe.”
  • Eliza Steinbock (Maastricht University). “Artistic Participation in Archives: Promoting and Propagating Trans Media and Film Cultures.”
  • Glyn Davis (University of St Andrews). “On the Stewardship of Queer and Trans Collections.”
  • Sandro Weilenmann (Maastricht University). “Cool Raves: Archiving and Reactivating Queer and Trans Dance Culture in Contemporary Art”


  • Drew de Pinto (Independent filmmaker, USA). “Compton's’22”

5:45-7:40 PM, Roundtable: Minor Archives and Radical Distribution Networks in the Americas: Problems and Proposals for Alliances

Moderator: Paul Moore (Toronto Metropolitan University)

  • Amalia Córdova (Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)
  • Tamara de Szegheo Lang (Queen's University)
  •  Lesley Ann Foster (Queen's University)
  •  Susan Lord (Queen's University)
  •  Gabriel Menotti (Queen's University)
  •  Juana Suárez (New York University)
  •  Darien Sánchez Nicolás (Queen's University)
  •  Zaira Zarza (Université de Montréal)

7:40-8:00 PM, Closing Remarks

July 15, 2024 - Various archives around Toronto

Join us for a tour of selected Toronto-based AV archives coordinated by Cléo Sallis-Parchet. 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gava-media-archives-tour-tickets-914059014117

10:00-11:00 AM  Tour of the ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives
11:00-11:30 AM  Travel by subway to the University of Toronto
11:30-12:30 PM  Tour of the Media Commons Archives
12:30-2:00 PM    Lunch/personal time/travel time (lunch not provided)
2:00-3:00 PM      Tour of the TIFF Film Reference Library
3:00-3:30 PM      Travel by foot or streetcar to Vtape
3:30-6:00 PM      Tour of Vtape and Closing reception in the Commons.