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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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Kolleg event
23.11.2020 • 18:00 – 20:00
Online Lecture
Shane Denson: Post-Cinematic Bodies
Mercator Fellow Shane Denson will hold a virtual lecture on "post-cinematic bodies" on November 23, 2020, 6pm.
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.
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.
Postponed: International Conference „Histories of Tacit Cinematic Knowledge“
Kolleg event
10.02.2020 • 18:00 – 20:00
Room 7.214 of the IG-Farben Building
Edmond (Edo) Ernest dit Alban: From Moving Images to Pedestrian Cultures. Recycling Practices in the Japanese Anime Industry
On February 10, Edmond (Edo) Ernest dit Alban will give a talk on "Recycling Practices in the Japanese Anime Industry," raising the question what happens when the mobility of moving images joins the daily pedestrian motion of fan communities?
Kolleg event
05.02.2020 • 19:00
Joshua Simon: Metastability
On February 5, author and curator Joshua Simon will give a talk on "Metastability" at the MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST.
Open Access Publication: “Medium, Format, Configuration: The Displacements of Film” by Benoît Turquety
The second book in the open access series "Configuration of Film" is now available at meson press.
Kolleg event
16.12.2019 • 18:00 – 20:00
Room 7.312 of the IG-Farben Building
Dan Streible: Orphan Film Historiography. Newsreel Outtakes as Source and Method
On December 16, 2019 Dan Streible (NYU Cinema Studies / Orphan Film Symposium) will give a talk on "Orphan Film Historiography: Newsreel Outtakes as Source and Method."
Job Openings – PhD positions, starting on July 1, 2020
The German Research Foundation has awarded funding to the Research Training Program “Configurations of Film,” housed at the Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies, part of Division 10, at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Starting on July 1, 2020, up to 12 PhD positions will be financed for 18 months, with a possible extension for another 18 months (TV-L 13, 65% / salary range: 28,850.18€ – 33,756.72€).