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.
Upcoming Permanent Seminar Conferences
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...