Call for Applications

XIV German Film Institute

“The Futures of the Past: German Cinema and Its Media”

Anton Kaes & Eric Rentschler, Directors
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 31 – June 6

The Fourteenth German Film Institute will be held May 31 – June 6 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This year’s Institute will mine German cinema for its media histories. Adopting a broadly media archaeological approach, we will ask how German cinema has incorporated, represented, remediated, and otherwise intersected with a variety of media – from writing and print to telephony, the phonograph, radio, television and digital media. 

In keeping with the German Film Institute’s ongoing commitment to generating new research and innovative pedagogical approaches, screenings and seminars will emphasize the role of mediality not only in German film history but also as the condition for its preservation, circulation, and re-interrogation: how might we leverage the vast trove of digital data available on the web (from YouTube to digital archives, from the online journal to the video essay) to rethink the contours of German cinema history? How might we think of cinema in expansive, multi-medial ways that include its digital dispersion as much as its incursions into the white cube of the museum?

A carefully curated film series will span the full history of German cinema to showcase the multimedial dimensions of early “screen practice,” the imbrication of visual and sound technologies with the advent of the sound film, the remediation of writing and print media in films (from the Autorenfilm of the 1910s through the graphic uses of writing in silent cinema to collaborations between writers and filmmakers and experimental cinema), the intersecting histories of film and television, the place of video in the essay film. As in its past installments, the German Film Institute will consist of a week of screenings, seminars, and group workshops.

It is the responsibility of invited participants to secure their own travel arrangements. Lodging will be available at University rates in single rooms or suites in the newly constructed North Quad Residential and Academic Complex; alternately, participants may arrange for their own accommodations.
The Institute is designed for scholars at all career stages with substantial research interests in German cinema. Applicants are requested to submit a brief statement outlining their previous work on German cinema and a current CV highlighting relevant publications. Applicants will be notified by mid-March.

By February 27th, please submit application materials in the form of email attachments to Johannes von Moltke, who will also be happy to answer any questions: [log in to unmask]

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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