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What becomes of film once it leaves the cinema? How do moving images work in settings beyond the classical dispositive of the public screening – in the home, the scientific laboratory, the classroom or in public spaces? And how does technological change – particularly the emergence of digital photography and the proliferation of network communication – affect the shape and uses of moving images?

Based on a conception of moving image culture that exceeds and challenges the established methodological frameworks of cinema studies, this Graduate Research Training Program examines a wide variety of configurations of film including, and beyond, the classical cinema space. Twelve doctoral students and two postdoctoral fellows per cohort will study these different aspects of moving image culture with the input and under the supervision of fifteen established researchers in an interdisciplinary setting, addressing topics in film and media studies, philosophy, musicology and literature.
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“Geht doch” von Rembert Hüser
Rembert Hüser's new book is now available.
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“Brücke, Switchboard, Theke – Working Girls vor Ort” von Verena Mund
The new book by Verena Mund is now available.
Kolleg event
29.11.2021 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Leen Engelen: The Panoramic Image: Principles, Projects and Projections
The public online talk by our Mercator Fellow Leen Engelen will take place on Monday, November 29, 2021.
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Open Access Publication: “Touchscreen Archaeology. Tracing Histories of Hands-On Media Practices” by Wanda Strauven
Kolleg event
15.06.2021 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Haidee Wasson: Portable Film Formats. Histories of a Dynamic Interface
Mercator Fellow Haidee Wasson held an online presentation on "Portable Film Formats. Histories of a Dynamic Interface" on June 15, at 6pm (CET).
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Extension of funding period
Great news: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended funding for the Graduiertenkolleg "Configurations of Film"!
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A Touch of the Divine: A Reading & Conversation with Yann Martel
On July 15, 2021, Pavan Malreddy will host a reading and conversation with world-renowned writer Yann Martel.
Kolleg event
29.03.2021 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Ulrike Bergermann: Property. Colonial Histories and Messages to the Future
Our Mercator Fellow Ulrike Bergermann held a virtual lecture on "Property. Colonial Histories and Messages to the Future" on March 29th at 6pm (CET).
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Radio interview on “Pandemic Media”
"Pandemic Media. Preliminary Notes Towards an Inventory”, the newest publication in the open access book series “Configurations of Film“, was presented by the editors in two episodes of the radio show "Avez-vous du WiFi?", a weekly radio show hosted by Alex Chartrand on CISM 89,3FM, the public radio of the Université de Montréal.
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Report “Histories of Tacit Cinematic Knowledge”
The international conference took place from September 24 to 26, 2020. We recall the panels and the discussions. Where, how and when are cinematic techniques used outside of cinema? How could tacit cinematic knowledge be described? And how did the online format of the conference affect the academic exchange of knowledge?