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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.
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Call for Proposals – Histories of Tacit Cinematic Knowledge
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€).
Kolleg event
25.11.2019 • 18:00 – 20:00
Room 7.214 of the IG-Farben Building
Zach Blas: Informatic Opacity and The Cage of Information
On November 25, 2019 our Mercator Fellow Zach Blas will give a public talk on "Informatic Opacity and The Cage of Information."
Kolleg event
29.10.2019 – 31.10.2019
Mousonturm | Waldschmidtstraße 4, Frankfurt am Main
Godard (Rolle) – Le livre d’image (Bildbuch) | DISCUSSION/FILM/INSTALLATION
The Graduiertenkolleg invites you to a special audiovisual installation of Jean-Luc Godard’s latest film Le livre d’image.
Kolleg event
21.10.2019 – 27.01.2020
Media and Film Room in the IG-Farben Building
Magnifying Mondays 2019/2020
The Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film” invites you to take part in our screening series “Magnifying Mondays”.
Kolleg event
09.10.2019 – 11.10.2019
Concordia University
Playback: Genealogies of Interactivity
Goethe University's Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film” is co-organizing the Symposium "Playback: Genealogies of Interactivity" with Concordia University in Montreal.
Open Access Publication: Tracks from the Crypt by John Mowitt
The Open Access book series of the Graduiertenkolleg will start on 25 September 2019 at meson press with its first volume.
Kolleg event
15.07.2019 • 18:00 – 20:00
Room 1.811 of the Casino Building
Pepita Hesselberth: Towards A Politics of Withdrawal?
On Monday, July 15, 2019, our Mercator Fellow Pepita Hesselberth will speak about “Towards a Politics of Withdrawal?” The public talk commences at 6 p.m. (c.t.) in Room 1.811 of the Casino Building at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Kolleg event
27.06.2019 – 28.06.2019
Kloster Eberbach, Eltville
Why Don’t You Look Somewhere Else? Conference Retreat
This two-day conference retreat investigated frames of perspective that redirect our attention away from what we think we have to look at in order to look, initially at least, somewhere else altogether.
Kolleg event
10.07.2019 • 18:00 – 20:00
Mal Seh'n Kino Frankfurt
In Situ Optics. Screening & Discussion with Zachary Formwalt.
The Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film” would kindly like to invite you to this collaborative screening event with our special guest, the artist and filmmaker Zachary Formwalt.