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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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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 will give 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?
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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.