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.
Past Permanent Seminar Conferences

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...

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Past Conference: Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema” – New York, 2010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of 2010, the Permanent Seminar on History of Film Theories helped to sponsor a conference entitled Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema”.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...
The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Theory and Historiography of Cinema - Montreal, 2011

The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Theory and Historiography of Cinema – Montreal, 2011

Presented by ARTHEMIS, GRAFICS, and The Permanent Seminar on the Histories of Film Theory, this conference offered 6 days of panels and papers at Cinématheque Québécoise in Montreal, Nov 1-6, 2011. The full schedule is ONLINE HERE and available for DOWNLOAD HERE (PDF).