Welcome to the new home for the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories, an open network of film scholars interested in excavating and re-reading historical contributions and debates on film. Special attention is devoted to early writings on cinema as well as more recent reconsiderations of film's role in the new media landscape. The Permanent Seminar is affiliated with the Film Theory in Media History book series published through the Amsterdam University Press.
Program Released! Permanent Seminar Conference 2014: Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is “Frankfurt” now?, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, DE, Aug. 20-24, 2014

Program Released! Permanent Seminar Conference 2014: Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is “Frankfurt” now?, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, DE, Aug. 20-24, 2014

Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is Frankfurt Now? The program for our 2014 Frankfurt Conference, organized by Institut für Sozialforschung and the Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, has been released! Click here to download the program. A link to the conference campus map can be found here. There...
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Past Permanent Seminar Conference: Histories of Film Theories in East Asia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Sept. 27-30th, 2012

This September the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories held the first-ever conference devoted to the histories of film theory in East Asia. Download the program here: Permanent Seminar 2012 Conference Program. HISTORIES OF FILM THEORIES IN EAST ASIA September 27-30, 2012 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Organized by Abé Mark Nornes Sponsored by...

Tracking Specificity: the Fluctuations of Cinema: A Permanent Seminar Symposium at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, Feb. 6th – 8th

Tracking Specificity: the Fluctuations of Cinema A Permanent Seminar Symposium Thursday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 53 Wall Street, New Haven   Sponsored by Film Studies Program and Whitney Humanities Center, with the Department of Comparative Literature, and in collaboration with The Permanent Seminar of Histories of...

CFP – Permanent Seminar Conference 2014: Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is “Frankfurt” now?, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, DE, Aug. 20-24, 2014

The Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories is very pleased to present the Call For Papers for its 2014 Conference: Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is “Frankfurt” now? CFP below, and our online CFP abstract submission form follows at bottom. See you this summer in Frankfurt! ********* Call for papers – deadline February...

Sergei Eisenstein’s “The Heir,” from Notes for a General History of Cinema (Soviet Union, 1946)

Author: Sergei Eisestein Original Title: наследник Date of Publication: 1946 Pages: 3 Nationality: Soviet Union Original Language: RUS Editor: Antonio Somaini Presented with: Amsterdam University Press, from Sergei M. Eistenstein: Notes for a General History of Cinema (forthcoming), ed(s): Naum Kleiman, Antonio Somaini,   The excerpt from the notes for (Eisenstein’s) General History of Cinema here published...

Translation Project (in conjunction with SCMS): Our Amateur Cinema – Juan Piqueras (Spain, 1935)

Author: Juan Piqueras Original Title: Nuestro cine amateur en Nuestro Cinema Journal: Nuestro Cinema, num. 4, 2 Epoca Date of Publication: August, 1935 Pages: 1 Nationality: Spanish Original Language: ESP Translator: Lisa Jarvinen Presented by: Translation Committee of Society for Cinema and Media Studies, published in Cinema Journal 51, No. 2, Summer 2012 The intense political divisions in (interwar) Spain also played themselves out in...

Translation Project (in conjunction with SCMS): The Industry Production Screenplay – Sergei Tretyakov (Soviet Union, 1928)

Author: Sergei Tretyakov Original Title: Производственный сценарий (Proizvodstvennyi Stsenarii) Journal: Новый ЛЕФ (Novyi Lef) Volume: No 2, pp. 29-34 Date of Publication: February, 1928 Pages: 5 Nationality: Soviet Union Original Language: RUS Translator: Mihaela Mihailova Editor: Masha Salazkina Presented by: Translation Committee of Society for Cinema and Media Studies, published in Cinema Journal 51, No. 2, Summer 2012 Sergei Tretyakov...

Translation Project: Poorly Timed Campaigns: Versions, Dubbing, Subtitles – Juan Piqueras (Spain, 1932)

Author: Juan Piqueras Original Title: Campañas destiempo: Versiones, Sincronizaciones, Subtítulos Journal: Nuestro Cinema Date of Publication: 1932, No.1 Pages: 3 Nationality: Spanish Original Language: ESP           The Spanish film press has started a campaign against the dubbing of foreign language films into Spanish. This has reached such alarming proportions at times that after begging the Government of the...

The Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories has a Facebook home

  The Permanent Seminar keeps a holiday home on Facebook, and as our work heats up with the weather it is sometimes the best place to go for the very latest updates as they pass the desk of its editor. The Facebook site also has a new design, so please do give it a look...

Newly translated Jean Epstein essay collection from Amsterdam University Press on shelves, ready for order and free PDF download

  With Spring comes an exciting new release from our partners at Amsterdam University Press, part of Permanent Seminar’s book series, “Film Theory in Media History.” Jean Epstein: New Translations and Critical Essays, a sparkling collection edited by Sarah Keller and Jason Paul, can now be found on UK bookshelves (July 15th for the Americas), and...

Past Conference: Featured Panels at IMPACT: Technology, Art & Historiography of Cinema in Montreal, 2011

“The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Theory and Historiography of Cinema” conference in Montreal at Cinémathèque Québécoise included round table events featuring members of The Permanent Seminar, as well as several papers. Roundtable discussion: On Apparatus Theory and its relevance in an era of multi-screen ubiquity. Moderated by Francesco Casetti. Nov. 3rd, 9:00-11:35@Norman-McLaren Roundtable discussion: What are...