This page contains a selection of chapters and articles that can be accessed online.

Our culture has become too complex to understand things in disciplinary isolation

An Interview with Patricia Pisters in the Newsletter of SMART Cognitive Science, 10 May 2016. 

“I grew up in a small village in the South of the Netherlands: there was no cinema, only a library. So I grew up just reading; I went to the library with my father every Friday night. The libraries had these nice big boxes with all these cards, and I just loved ‘playing library’. At home I made every book we had – we did not have a lot of books – into library books with pockets in the inside of the cover containing return cards. I really loved that, and I also liked to play teacher: I wanted to be either a librarian or a teacher. So after high school, I first started doing a vocational teacher training course in Nijmegen, because I wanted to become a French-English teacher. But then when I was in Paris for the first time, I realized that I wanted to really learn the French language, have access to the wealth of books written in French, and I stopped the teacher training course. I went to study in Paris, which is where I discovered cinema. Then I came to Amsterdam, first to work, and then to study. I studied French and also Film Studies, a free doctorate – within this degree it was possible to compose your own program. I went back to France to do my DEA (Diplôme des études approfondies), which is comparable to a research master. In the meantime, the department film and television studies was established in Amsterdam, and professor Elsaesser who set up the program asked me to come and work there. That is how I started to teach, even before I started my PhD; then it was just natural to do also a PhD. So I had some detours: it is through French, and French literature and cinema that I ended up in the department of media studies.”


The Future is Now in Post-Cinema

"Flashforward: The Future is Now" (reivised version) in Shane Denson and Julia Leyda, eds. Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Cinema. Falmer: Reframe Books, 2016. pp. 1-26. Download PDF here. Read the entire issue here

De Nye Gyserfilm far Direkte Adgang Til Din Hjerne

Interview about the neurothriller in Danish newspaper Politiken 26 Februari 2016. Download the interview here in PDF.

Hoogspanning in het Brein: Hoe de Filmwereld je Emoties Stuurt

Interview van Steffi Weber met Patricia Pisters in Folia, Jaargang 67, Nummer 21, 24 februari 2016, pp. 36-40. Download PDF.

Dexter's Plastic Brain in German

“Dexters Plastisches Gehirn: Empathie im Film durch Mentalisierung und Spiegeling” in Bernd Kracke and Marc Ries, eds. Expanded Senses: Neue Sinnlichkeit und Sinnesarbeit in der Spätmoderne. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pp. 137-153. (German translation of "Dexter's Plastic Brain") Download PDF.

Neurothriller in German

“Neurothriller” in Olaf Sanders and Rainer Winter, eds. Bewegungsbilder nach Deleuze(Klagenfurt: Herbert von Halem Verlag, 2015), pp. 181-197. (German translation of "The Neurothriller".) Download PDF.

The Neurothriller (popular version)

In  AEON - Ideas and Culture.  8 February 2016.

The Filmmaker as Metallurgist: Political Cinema and World Memory

In Film-Philosophy 20:1 (2016), pp. 149-167. Download PDF here. This article is part of a special issue on Film-Philosophy and a World of Cinemas, edited by David Martin-Jones. The entire issue is available in Open Access at Edinburgh University Press here

Oog voor vrijheid: Spinoza en Terstall in Amsterdam

In: EU@Amsterdam, een stedelijke raad: Essays over de Europese Stad. Vriginie Mamadouh en Anne van Wageningen, red. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015. Lees hier artikel in PDF versie. Zie voor informatie over het boek hier

New Materialism: Intra-Agential Entanglements and the Neuro-Image

Special Issue on New Materialism, Cultural Studies Review volume 21 number 2 September 2015, pp. 120-144. 

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