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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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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?
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Book launch: “Pandemic Media. Preliminary Notes Towards an Inventory”
Book launch and discussion of "Pandemic Media. Preliminary Notes Towards an Inventory" on January 28, 2021.
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Visible Evidence XXVII – Virtual Event, December 16-18, 2020
From December 16 to December 18 the Visible Evidence community will be holding a virtual event in the dates the original Frankfurt conference was scheduled. Register for the two panel discussions and the traditional business meeting!
Kolleg event
14.12.2020 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Rebecca Schneider: Shoaling in the Sea of History: Africans Who Fly and the Aesthetics of More-Than-Human Possibility
Mer­ca­tor Fellow Rebecca Schneider will hold a vir­tual lec­ture on "Shoaling in the Sea of History: Africans Who Fly and the Aesthetics of More-Than-Human Possibility" on Decem­ber 14, 2020, 6pm.
Kolleg event
23.11.2020 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Shane Denson: Post-Cinematic Bodies
Mercator Fellow Shane Denson held a virtual lecture on "post-cinematic bodies" on November 23, 2020.
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Open Access Publication: “Pandemic Media. Preliminary Notes Toward an Inventory” edited by Vinzenz Hediger, Philipp Dominik Keidl, Laliv Melamed & Antonio Somaini
Kolleg event
24.09.2020 – 26.09.2020
online conference
Histories of Tacit Cinematic Knowledge
The conference aims to explore the groundwork for theorizing implicit epistemic templates configured by film forms and techniques. It is an attempt to expose inconspicuous cinematic performers shaping daily activities and modes of observation, especially where one least expects to encounter films.
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The research collective mourns the passing of Prof. Dr. Marion Saxer
We mourn the passing of Prof. Marion Saxer, who died on May 18th, 2020. Marion Saxer was professor for historical musicology at Goethe University Frankfurt and has been a principal investigator for the research collective "Configurations of Film" since its foundation in 2017.
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Postponed: International Conference „Histories of Tacit Cinematic Knowledge“