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.
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...
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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Past Conference: Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema” – New York, 2010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of 2010, the Permanent Seminar on History of Film Theories helped to sponsor a conference entitled Sergei Eisenstein’s Unpublished “Notes for a General History of Cinema”.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...

Translation Project: Philosophical Observations on the Motion Picture – Papini, Giovanni (Italy, 1907)

Author: Giovanni Papini Original Title: La filosofia del cinematografo Journal: “La Stampa” (Turin) Volume: XLI Date of Publication: 18 May 1907 Pages: 2 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA In just a short period, in every large town in Italy we have seen the almost miraculous multiplication of motion picture theatres. In Florence alone, the city where...

Translation Project: Motion Pictures in Provincial Towns – Scaglione, Emilio (Italy, 1916)

Author: Emilio Scaglione Original Title: Il cinematografo in provincia Journal: “L’Arte Muta” (Naples) Issue: 6-7 Date of Publication: 15 Dec 1916 Pages: 3 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA From the moment since motion pictures have replaced bingo almost every evening, life in provincial towns has disappeared. […]. The motion picture theatre has filled provincial life...

Translation Project: Certain Psychological Observations Made During Motion Picture Screenings – Ponzo, Mario (Italy, 1911)

Author: Mario Ponzo Original Title: Di alcune osservazioni psicologiche fatte durante rappresentazioni cinematografiche Journal: “Records of the Royal Academy of Science of Turin published by the academic secretaries of the two classes” Volume: XLVI Date of Publication: 1911 Pages: 6 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA According to Wundt and his school of thought, the main principle...

Translation Project: Motion Pictures and Scholastic Education – Orestano, Francesco (Italy, 1914)

Author: Francesco Orestano Original Title: Il cinematografo nelle scuole Journal: Istituto Nazionale “Minerva” Date of Publication: 1914 Pages: translation pages 5-11 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Scholastic educational motion pictures complete and raise to the highest level of efficiency and resourcefulness that positive method which, invoked and prescribed by great educators for centuries,...

Translation Project: The Art of Celluloid – Thovez, Enrico (Italy, 1908)

Author: Enrico Thovez Original Title: Il secolo di celluloide Journal: “La Stampa” (Turin) Volume: XLII Journal Number: 209 Date of Publication: 29 July 1908 Pages: 3 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA Towards the close of the last century a serious issue stirred up controversy: who might be the man or what might be the fact or the...

Translation Project: Concerning the Effects of Film Viewing on Neurotic Individuals – d’Abundo, Giuseppe (Italy, 1911)

Author: Giuseppe D’Abundo Original Title: Sopra alcuni particolari effetti delle proiezioni cinematografiche nei nevrotici Journal: “Rivista italiana di neuropatologia, psichiatria ed elettroterapia” (Catania) Volume: IV Journal Number: 10 Date of Publication: October 1911 Pages: 433-442 Nationality: Italian Original Language: ITA Over the last few years my attention has been drawn to certain nervous complaints which can arise in neurotic cases after watching particular cinematographic...
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).