2016 Early Audiovisual Theory Conference

“A hundred years of Film theory. Mu?nsterberg and beyond: Concepts, Applications, Perspectives”

29 June 2016 – 2 July 2016

Leipzig, Germany

Deadline: 15 November 2015

AREA: Redefining the Boundaries of Cinematic Experience

Cinema has always tried to reinvent itself. In doing so, filmmakers and producers embraced the latest technology, new forms of expression and marketing methods as well as original narrative strategies. Examples include the use of sound, colour, 3D, widescreen, immersive media environments, and current forms of streaming technology such as Netflix and

This area investigates the ways in which the boundaries of the cinematic experience have been redefined throughout the history of moving images: from early fair ground attractions to multiplex cinemas and contemporary developments. The area specifically welcomes papers that are based on primary sources (archival documents, contemporary journals, interviews, etc.). Paper topics may include case studies of films, screening facilities, distribution and promotion as well as the changing role of cinemas within global, national, regional or local contexts.

Please submit your 200-word proposal by 15 November 2015


Or send it via email to the address below.


Area Chairs: Paul Lesch, Fernando Ramos
Institute for Communications and Media Studies
University of Leipzig
Ritterstr. 26
04109 Leipzig

Panel proposals for up to three presenters are also welcome. Please note, however, that each presenter must submit his or her own paper proposal.

This area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the 2016 conference on early audiovisual theory held at the University of Leipzig, Germany, and sponsored by the International Association for Media and History. Taking the publication of Hugo Münsterberg’s seminal study The Photoplay (1916) as a point of departure, the international conference will look at film and television theory. A century after the publication of Münsterberg’s book, the conference seeks to look at audiovisual media from a broad variety of perspectives and disciplines. One of the keynote speakers will be Ian Jarvie.

The conference will host a ceremony to celebrate Münsterberg’s achievements, who began his career as a professor at the University of Leipzig before going to Harvard. For updates and other information about the upcoming meeting, see the conference website:




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