COLLEGIUM CALL 2019
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S COLLEGIUM: 15.07.2019
Applications are invited for the twelve places in the 21st COLLEGIUM (5th – 12th October 2019).
Applicants should preferably be under 30 years of age and still, in the broadest sense, pursuing education in cinema.
Applications We do not look for formal academic or age qualifications in collegians. The qualities we look for in the twelve young people invited each year are enthusiasm, energy and above all curiosity. Prospective applicants should in the first instance simply write a letter explaining (1) who they are, (2) what is their special interest in film history, (3) what is their experience of silent films and (4) why they feel they are suited to be members of the Collegium, which involves integrating socially with the other collegians and mentors, and making positive contacts with the Pordenone population of film history experts.
Collegians and mentors are given free hotel accommodation and breakfast during the week. They are responsible for their own travel arrangements, meals, and all other expenses.
Letters of application should be e-mailed to the Collegium secretary, Paolo Tosini, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Collegium – whose sessions will be open to all guests of the festival and the general public – is an unconventional experiment in the technique of study. It is designed to utilise the unique conditions of the Giornate – a very concentrated one-week event; the possibility to see an extensive collection of rare archival films; the presence in one place and at one time of many (perhaps most) of the world’s best qualified experts in film history – scholars, historians, archivists, collectors, critics, academics and just plain enthusiasts.
The aim of the Collegium is to excite a new generation in the idea of cinema history and heritage, and to infiltrate these newcomers into the very special community that has evolved around the Giornate during its thirty-five years. We want the participants in the Collegium to feel themselves members of that community, not to be awed and intimidated by the age, experience, authority or scholarship of the people they meet in Pordenone.
From past years’ experience we recognise that we derive the maximum advantage from the special conditions of this short week of concentrated activity by returning to a fundamental, classical concept of study, in which the impetus is the students’ curiosity and inquiry rather than the imposition of a formal teaching programme. Hence instead of formal lectures and panels, the daily sessions of the Collegium take the form of a series of “Dialogues”, in the Platonic sense, in which the collegians sit down with groups of experts in different aspects of the Giornate programme or in various fields of the study and techniques of film history and conservation. The object of these Dialogues is not only to elicit information and instruction, but to establish personal, social connection between collegians and Pordenone habitues, so that the former will have no inhibitions about approaching the latter, in the course of the week, for supplementary discussion. Naturally collegians are required to see as much of the festival programme as possible.
To focus their inquiry, the members of the Collegium are each required to write, retrospectively, a paper or essay on some theme emerging from or inspired by the experiences of the Giornate. This may be done in collaboration with one of the “mentors” – veterans of the previous year’s Collegium who return to support and assist the newcomers. The principal sources of information for the publication are likely to be interrogation of the appropriate experts present at the Giornate or study of particular aspects of the programme. THE OVERALL CRITERION FOR PAPERS IS THAT THEY COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN AS A RESULT OF THE GIORNATE EXPERIENCE. There are no limits – beyond readable literacy – on the style and form of the essays. The aim is that these papers will not just be a student exercise, but will provide generally useful reading even for the experts from whose experience and advice they derive, who may discover insights which may not have struck them before.
In its 21st edition, the Collegium follows its established plan, though we hope that every year brings some natural evolution in method and results. The 12 invited “scholarship” collegians are now augmented by an undefined number of voluntary associate collegians.
The Collegium’s aims remain unchanged: to attract new, young generations to the discovery of silent cinema, and to infiltrate these newcomers into the very special community that has evolved around the Giornate during its three decades. It is designed to take advantage of the unique conditions of the Giornate – a highly concentrated oneweek event; the possibility to see an extensive collection of rare archival films; the presence in one place and at one time of many (perhaps most) of the world’s best qualified experts in film history – scholars, historians, archivists, collectors, critics, academics, and just plain enthusiasts.
Rejecting the conventional “summer school” style of a formal teaching programme, the Collegium returns to a fundamental, classical concept of study, in which the impetus is the students’ curiosity and inquiry. Instead of formal lectures and panels, the daily sessions are designed as “Dialogues”, in the Platonic sense, when the collegians sit down with groups of experts in various disciplines. The Dialogues are designed not just to elicit information and instruction, but to allow the collegians to make direct personal and social connection with the Giornate habitués and to discover them as peers whom they can readily approach, in the course of the week, for supplementary discussion. To focus their inquiry, the members of the Collegium collaborate on the production of a collection of papers on themes emerging from or inspired by the experience of the week. Each collegian is required to contribute an essay, and the criterion is that the principal source must be the Giornate programme, or conversation and interviews with the scholars and experts to whom the week facilitates access. It has to be, in short, a work that could not have been produced without the Giornate experience.
The papers will be published on the Giornate website, and the best Collegium Paper of the year is eligible for the annual Premio Crédit Agricole FriulAdria, inaugurated in 2008 and deeply appreciated as a recognition of the achievement of the Collegium.