Lectures in Paris on Dispositif



I have been invited to give three lectures in the Roger Odin Chair seminar series at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, my old Alma Mater. The topic I have chosen is “Towards a Historical Pragmatics” and I am trying to develop my ideas on the concept of dispositif. The lectures are scheduled for January 14, 21 and 28. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to discuss my ideas with students and colleagues, and I am particularly happy that Roger Odin himself attends all the lectures.

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Montreal Conference: The Magic of Special Effects

At this conference, I presented a paper entitled “Truco-logiques: la magie des trucages et des effets spéciaux entre la scéne et l’écran”, which I co-wrote with Sabine Lenk. We discussed the different attitudes towards stage effects in Germany and France during the 19th century and their consequences for the status of cinematic tricks in early cinema.


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Cerisy la Salle



From June 19-22 Sabine Lenk and I attended the conference La mise en scène théâtrale et les formes audio-visuelles at Cerisy la Salle.

We presented a paper on André de Lorde’s play “Au téléphone” and its various filmic adaptations. Thanks to the wonderful collection of the Association de la Régie Théâtrale deposited at the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, we had access to documents used for the staging of the play. This is an extraordinarily rich collection and the various presentations at this conference amply demonstrated its value.

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Christian Metz Conference Zürich


Metz Zürich

I just returned from this wonderfully organised conference in Zürich, where I gave a paper on “Thinking Cinema: Christian Metz and/in the Tradition of Film Theory”. Here is the abstract:

In an interview in 1986 Christian Metz stated that he had always worked “in the company” of classical film theorists such as Béla Balázs, André Bazin, or Sergej Eisenstein, who, together with others, he often quotes, comments, and critiques in his own writings. In my contribution I will look at some examples in order to see how exactly this ‘companionship’ becomes an element of Metz’s theorising. In particular, I will discuss the way in which Metz discussed Rudolf Arnheim’s Film als Kunst in his seminar between January 1982 and June 1983. Metz not only translated (literally) the German original text into French, but also the issues addressed by Arnheim in 1932 into the larger field of debates within film theory half a century later.

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Educational Cinema Conference in Stockholm

Sabine Lenk and I will give a lecture on the institutionalisation of educational cinema in Germany in the 1910s at this conference in Stockholm. We will be looking at the Kinoreformbewegung‘s efforts to establish a network of non-commercial film theatres for educational screenings.

edu conf stockholm

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