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.
Events
The Structures of the Film Experience: Jean-Pierre Meunier, Film-Phenomenology and Contemporary Film Studies

The Structures of the Film Experience: Jean-Pierre Meunier, Film-Phenomenology and Contemporary Film Studies

A Pemanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories Conference, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, 24.-25. November 2017 Jean-Pierre Meunier’s Les structures de l’experience filmique: L’identification filmique from 1969 is a key text in the history of film studies. Through the readings proposed by Vivian Sobchack, Dudley Andrew and others, Meunier’s work has been an important influence on the...

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 is also a text version...

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...

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...

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...

Past Conference: Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema” – New York, 2010

In the fall of 2010, the Permanent Seminar on History of Film Theories helped to sponsor a conference entitled Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema”. This event was held September 30 – October 2, 2010, at Columbia University, New York, NY . The conference served as a platform for the critical...

Past Conference: XVI Udine International Film Studies – Italy, 2009

In cooperation with the Permanent Seminar, the Udine International Film Studies Conference, 23-26 March, 2009, was on the theme: In The Very Beginning and At The Very End. The goal was to study how early cinema was defined and framed in relation to the artistic and cultural phenomena of its times under as many national...