Keynotes

Indrek Ibrus is Professor of Media Innovation at Tallinn University’s (TLU) Baltic Film, Media and Arts School (BFM), Estonia. He curates also BFM’s doctoral programme. He as been previously an advisor to the Estonian Ministry of Culture on audiovisual arts and media. In that role he represented Estonia at the EU Council Audiovisual Working Party, at the European Commission and at the Council of Europe. He continues to consult Estonian government on digital culture and media affairs. He is currently also a member of Estonia’s Digital Cultural Heritage Council.

His research interests include media innovation, the evolution of cross-platform and ubiquitous web, evolution of contemporary metadata formats, the broader evolution of modern creative industries, and the implications of cultural heritage digitisation. His current primary research projects focuses on the ways to produce public value by reworking cultural databases using semantic web and blockchain technologies and publishing cultural data in various open formats. He has previously published extensively on mobile media, media innovation/evolution, metadata, transmedia and cross-media production. He is a co-editor (together with Carlos A. Scolary) of Crossmedia Innovations (Peter Lang, 2012), editor of Emergence of Cross-Innovation Systems (Emerald, 2019) and co-author (with John Hartley and Maarja Ojamaa) of On the Digital Semiosphere (Bloomsbury, 2021). He is also a co-editor of the journal Baltic Screen Media Review and Cultural Science Journal.

Kaja Širok is a historian, museum manager and researcher. She served as the director of the National Museum of Contemporary History and worked as a research fellow at the Faculty of Arts (Department of Sociology). She is currently the chairman of ICOM Slovenia and a member of the ICOM ETHICS committee and ICMEMO. In 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels. Her current research addresses museum and memory studies, with special emphasis on the creation of national narratives in relation to identity formation, contested memories and revisionism. She has published several articles and cooperated in various EU funded projects on memory and museum studies.