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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 research collective 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.


25.10.2018 – 11.07.2019
Deutsches Filmmuseum
Lecture & Film: Chantal Akerman
The new Lecture & Film-series "Inventor of forms. The cinema of Chantal Akerman" takes place at Deutsches Filmmuseum. Starting off on October 25, 2018 with Vinzenz Hediger presenting on La Folie Almayer (2011) and followed by Eric de Kuyper's thoughts on La Captive (2000) on November 1, 2018, the series will continue in a bi-weekly rhythm.
05.07.2018 – 08.07.2018
Silent green Kulturquartier and the Arsenal cinema in Berlin.
Edit Film Culture! Festival, Exhibition, Film Series
The project "Edit Film Culture!" includes a range of presentations, talks, film screenings, performances, concerts, an exhibition and two publications, all devoted to the history of the New York film magazine Film Culture, closely connected to the rise of an independent film culture.
07.05.2018 – 09.07.2018
Media/Film Room in the IG-Farben Building
Magnifying Mondays
The research collective "Configurations of Film" would kindly like to invite you to the material series "Magnifying Mondays."
Media Room in the IG-Farben Building
General Assembly
In a retrospective mode, the core members of the research collective (director, co-director, coordinator, postdocs, PhD students and principal investigators) gathered at the annual General Assembly to review and evaluate the collective’s progress so far.
11.12.2017 – 12.12.2017
Bad Homburg, Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
Method Lab
In December 2017, the research collective invited Erika Balsom (King’s College London) and Ramon Lobato (RMIT University) to the spa town of Bad Homburg in order to partake in a scholarly bivouac of sorts.
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