Recent Lectures & Keynotes


"Die Ruinen der Zeit: W.G. Sebalds Ringe des Saturns" (Keynote, Architectures in Motion, DokuArts 2015, Berlin 10 September, 2015)

"The Actor Troubled By His Own Face: Paul Wegener" (Stardom and Genre as Frameworks in Film, University of Bremen, 15-17 July, 2015)

"European Cinema: Abject Spaces" (Keynote, Space & Place in European Cinema, 15th Annual Conference, European Cinema Research Forum, NUI Glaway, Ireland 7-8 July 2015)

"Contingency and Coincidence as the Ruins of Time: W.G. Sebald and the Gothic Uncanny" (Keynote,The Return of the Repressed: Gothic Studies Past & Present, University of East Anglia, 26-27 June 2015

"The Camera as Sketchpad: Sigmar Polke's Films" (Alibis: Sigmar Polke Retrospective, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 12-14 June 2015)

"Simulation and the Labour of Invisibility: Harun Farocki's Parallel I-IV" (Life Remade: The Politics and Aesthetics of Animation, Simulation and Rendering, Birkbeck College, London, 5-6 June 2015)

"Greek Cinema and Nationhood: National, Post-National, Transnational" (Keynote, 1st International Conference on Greek Cinema, Thessaloniki, 28 May 2015)

"The Outside of the Outside: The Life of Pi in the Philosopher's Eye", Film and Media Studies, University of Groningen, 12 May 2015

"The Essay Film between Festival Favourite and Flexible Commodity Form" (Keynote, World Cinema and the Essay Film, CFAC, Reading University, 1 May 2015)

"Turn-off or Turnkey: the Arts on TV, or "Making the Good Popular and the Popular Good" (A Switched-on TV: The Arts in Black-and White, Montreal 25-28 March, 2015)

"Harun Farocki - Arbeit und Spiel" (Keynote, Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit: Harun Farocki, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 28 Febrary 2015)



«Cinema Motion»: Energie/Entropie. Kino und Medienarchaeologie im Paradigmawechsel (NCCR Mediality, Universität Zürich, 9 December 2014)

Ethics of Appropriation (Master of Film Lecture, Nederlands Filmacademie, Amsterdam 26 November 2014)

The Body and the Senses: Harun Farocki Work and Play (Keynote: Labor in a Single Shot Conference, Boston University, 12 November 2014)

Keeping The Rules By Breaking Them (Breaking the Rules: Gender, Power, and Politics in the Films of Lars Von Trier, Pembroke Center, Brown University 7 November 2014)

Film After Film (Keynote, DCAM, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon 28 October 2014)

Notes from Underground: On Marx and Belatedness in Alexander Kluge (Bernays Lecture, King's College London, 21 October 2014)

Transnational Cinema and the Digital Turn (Distinguished Visitor Lecture, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 16 October 2014)

Affect and Appropriation: Film Theory in the Digital Age (Film Culture and Theory, Monash University, Melbourne, 13 October 2014)

Cinema After Film (Daphne Mayo Lecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane 8 October 2014)

Digital Cinema - A Productive Paradox? (Centre for Humanities Studies, Lingnan University, 30 September 2014)

Zero Degrees and Tipping Points: Digital Retroaction (Keynote: Im Taumel - Digitale Schwelle, Akademie der Künste, Berlin 26 September 2014)

Ethics of Appropriation (Keynote: Recycled Cinema - Doku Arts, Berlin Zeughaus Kino, 11 September 2014)

Cinema: Motion Energy Entropy (Keynote: Archaeologies of Media and Film, Bradford 4 September 2014)

Between Autonomy and Social Fact: Adorno and Cinema (Critical Theory, Film and Media: Where is Frankfurt Now, Frankfurt 25 August 2014)

Cinema as Experience and Event (Keynote: Erfahrungsraum Kino, Hamburg 25 July 2014)

Der Poelzig Bau und die Grossbauten der Ära Landmann (Keynote: site|specific Has Poelzig film|architecture, Frankfurt 4 July 2014)

Loops of Belatedness (Cinematic Traces, Tel Aviv 8 June 2014)

Persistence of Hollywood: Further Thoughts (The Hollywood Turn, Paris-7 Denis Diderot, 5 June 2014)

Architekturen und Kulturen der Nachhaltigkeit: Leberecht Migge (Die Athropozän Küche, Humboldt Universität, 27 May 2014)

Zwischen Metapher und Material - die Handlungsmacht der Dinge (AUS-Stellen: Figuren der De-Aktivierung, Universität der Künste, Berlin 24 May 2014)

Transnational Cinema between Post-Nationalism and Double Occupancy (Transnational Cinema/Media Studies, NYu Abu Dhabi, 9 May 2014)

Media Archaeology and the Poetics of Obsolescence (Keynote: At The Borders of History, Udine 4 April 2014)

The Future of Obsolescence (Keynote: Orphans of the Cinema, Amsterdam 30 March 2014)

The Film That Thinks (The Future of Film Studies Panel, SCMS Seattle, 22 March 2014)

Genre Hybridity as Counter-Strategy: Productive Psthologies in Zero Dark Thirty (Narrative Justification in War Films Workshop Frankfurt 14 March 2014)

Affinity as Specificity: Siegfried Kracauer and Rudolf Arnheim (Tracing Specificity, Yale University, 8 February 2014)

Productive Pathologies: Melodrama and Mindgames (Jadavpur University, Kolkata 13 January 2014)

Cinema After Film (Golden Jubilee Lecture, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi 8 January 2014)



Accidents We Afterwards Call Fate (Kluge Conference, Liege 11 Dec 2013)

Leben als Bewegung: Kino, Energie, Entropie (Black Box Leben, Weimar 12 Dec 2013)

Life of Pi and the Mathematical Sublime (Cinema Virtualita Corpo, Roma Tre 28 Nov 2013)

The Outside of the Outside (Classic Hollywood & kontinentale Philosophie, Mainz 15 Nov 2013)

Anders Wissen - Anderes Wissen? (UdK Berlin 21 Oct 2013)

Memory: Culture Media and Cognition (SUNY Stony Brook Manhattan 10 Oct 2013)

Islands of Memory (Nederlands Filmacademie, Amsterdam 17 Sept 2013)

Harun Farocki: The Future of Work (Reina Sofia, Madrid 17 May 2013)

Inseln der Bild-Evidenz (Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte, FU Berlin 15 May 2013)

What was Cinema? (Oberhausen Short Film Festival 5 May 2013)

What's European about European Cinema (U Mass, Amherst 26 April 2013)

Post-conflict Cinema and Cities (Cities of Memory, Belfast 4 April 2013)

The Return of 3D: Revolution, Retrenchment or Reaction? (Chicago Art Institute 7 March 2013)

Krieg und Mediengedächtnis (Krieg und Konflikt in den Medien, Tübingen 14 Feb 2013)

European Cinema and Post-Heroic Narratives of Nationhood (University of Notre Dame, South Bend 8 Feb 2013)

Persistencies of Hollywood (Chicago Film Seminar, Chicago 7 Feb 2013)

The Return of 3D (Norwegian Federation of Film Societies, Cinematheque Oslo)

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