Film Culture in Transition

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New Series Editorship Film Culture in Transition

December 4, 2020, Amsterdam

It has been one year since Professor Thomas Elsaesser suddenly passed away, leaving Amsterdam University Press (AUP), the communities of  film and media studies who had been fortunate enough to know him, totally devastated.

Film Culture in Transition, the book series that he setup together with the press, became orphaned in the absence of his editorship. Maryse Elliott, Senior Commissioning Editor in Film, Media and Communication at AUP, says,

“We have been deeply moved to receive many messages from authors and editors worldwide wanting to pay tribute to Thomas in their recently published and forthcoming books in the series.”

Today, in remembrance of Thomas Elsaesser, AUP celebrates his vast intellectual legacy and confirms its commitment to his founding bookseries Film Culture in Transition by appointing a team of new series editors, consisting of Malte Hagener (Marburg), Patricia Pisters (Amsterdam) and Wanda Strauven (Frankfurt/NewYork).

The new editors will be dedicated to Elsaesser’s mission of publishing innovative studies on cinematic culture at large, by young and established scholars, from all parts of the globe.Their aim will be to ensure the continuation of one of the most successful book series of Amsterdam University Press.

Malte Hagener is Professor of Media and Film Studies at Philipps-University Marburg. His research focuses on film and media history, European cinema, as well as digital infrastructures and methodologies.

Patricia Pisters is Professorof Film, Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Her research is centred on film theory, film-philosophy, image politics, and mediaecologies.

Wanda Strauven is Privatdozentin of Media Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research interests include early and avant-garde cinema, media archaeology, tactile media, and children’s interaction with media.

For more information about the neweditorship or the Film Culture in Transition series, please contact Senior Commissioning Editor Maryse Elliott(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

New Blood in Contemporary Cinema & Poetics of Horror

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New Blood in Contemporary Cinema: Women Directors and the Poetics of Horror is out. Here's my blog

about the book. Official presentation on 1 December 2020 in EYE Filmmuseum, handing over the first

copies of the book to filmmakers Yfke van Berckelaer (director of Lili, 2019) and Esther Rots (director of

Retrospekt, 2019), whose works feature in the book. Watch here for the streaming of the event. The handing

over of the books is followed by the screening of Lucile Hadzihalilovics's film Evolution (2015).

Natuur als personage - Ecofeministische Perspectieven

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Spui 25 3 September 2020

Al decennia lang bezien ecofeministische denkers de relatie tussen mens en natuur. Volgens hen zijn er parallellen te ontwaren tussen de onderdrukking van vrouwen en de onderdrukking van de natuur. Onze huidige klimaatcrisis vraagt van ons een nieuwe verbeelding van de natuur; in hoeverre kunnen ecofeministische perspectieven hieraan bijdragen? Wij zoeken naar antwoorden met filosofen, filmwetenschappers en schrijvers. Dit doen we tijdens het Imagine Film Festival, waarvan het thema dit jaar Nature Strikes Back! is. In de eco-horror en cli-fi bestaat de natuur als handelende actor, als personage, al langer. Om het gedachte-experiment dat ecofeminisme is aan te gaan, bieden film en literatuur een bruikbaar laboratorium. Het programma is hier terug te zien.

Over de sprekers

Lydia Baan Hofman werkt aan haar promotieonderzoek over Haraways notie van antwoordelijkheid in tijden van ecologische crises aan de Erasmus School of Philosophy. Daar is zij actief binnen het interdisciplinaire Erasmus Initiatief Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity. Eerder heeft ze, naast een filosofieopleiding, een academische master als filosofiedocent afgerond.Patricia Pisters is Professor Film & Media Culture bij het departement Media Studies van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Haar nieuwe boek New Blood in Contemporary Cinema: Women Directors and the Poetics of Horror verschijnt in oktober bij Edinburgh University Press.    Maartje Smits is ecofeminist en dichter in beeld en taal. Haar bundels Als je een meisje bent en Hoe ik een bos begon in mijn badkamer verschenen bij de Harmonie; ze publiceerde onder andere in De Helling, De Gids en De Groene Amsterdammer. Daarnaast is ze hobby-imker in haar woonplaats Amsterdam-Noord.Lieke Knijnenburg (moderator) is filosoof en freelance redacteur, onder meer bij De Groene Amsterdammer.

Wiki video 8 scholars expanding our understanding of culture

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Ezvid Wiki, the world's first video wiki, has selected Patricia Pisters as one of the scholars and critics expanding our understanding of culture. 

The study of art and communications media is an opportunity to reflect on the ways that humans relate to each other and to ourselves. Scholars in these fields investigate topics like the influence of film on personal identity, or how capitalism shapes narratives about creativity. The following thinkers, writers, and researchers, listed here in no particular order, help to shed light on the ideas that permeate the collective imagination. See the video on the ezvid website here.

NECSUS #Intelligence

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Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies Spring 2020 #Intelligence in now online. With a special section on Artificial Intelligence and media, edited by Ruggero Eugeni and Patricia Pisters. See here for the issue.