The Ciné-tract, from May ’68 to Nuit Debout. The Construction of a Counter-Power Dispositive

Achilleas Papakonstantis Université de Lausanne

Part and parcel of the inventiveness that typified French militant cinema of the sixties and the seventies, the Ciné-tracts’ project that was conceived and developed during the workers and students’ insurrection of May 1968, reflects a specific moment in the history of France’s political Left, marked by a generalized will to break down barriers and … Continue reading The Ciné-tract, from May ’68 to Nuit Debout. The Construction of a Counter-Power Dispositive

Mapping European Radiotelegraphy, 1912-1927

Maria Rikitianskaia Università della Svizzera italiana

My dissertation studies the transformation of European radiotelegraphy from 1912 to 1927. In that period, the development of radio experienced a drastic turn that led to the birth of radio broadcasting. The scholars frequently explain this transformation with the political, social and technological consequences of World War I (Barnard, 2000; Hilmes, 2012; Hugill, 1999; Volmar, … Continue reading Mapping European Radiotelegraphy, 1912-1927

Neither East, nor West: The Borderless Yugoslav War Cinema

Dragan Batančev Concordia University

My project considers the supra- and trans-national trajectories of socialist Yugoslav cinema as attempting to construct Yugoslav national identity and connecting the Cold War blocs and the Non-Aligned Movement. I focus on Partisan Westerns, a generic hybrid of films about WWII and Hollywood and Western European Westerns. Unlike their Eastern European counterparts, Partisan Westerns, reflecting … Continue reading Neither East, nor West: The Borderless Yugoslav War Cinema

Television Directors in French-speaking Switzerland (1954-1990s). Birth and Construction of a Professional Group

Roxane Gray University of Lausanne

Even though the field of television history has developed different approaches to the medium, researchers have shown less interest for the analysis of television production and its professions.[1] In Switzerland, television professionals have significantly contributed to the writing of the history of television production. Through testimonial websites[2], anniversary books[3] or autobiographical writings,[4] they share stories, … Continue reading Television Directors in French-speaking Switzerland (1954-1990s). Birth and Construction of a Professional Group

Marginal Circulation of Marginal Films? The “Travelling Exhibitions” of New American Cinema in the 1960s

Faye Corthésy University of Lausanne

My dissertation research project focuses on the history of the New American Cinema Group (NACG), a collective founded in New York in 1960 by Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank, Gregory Markopoulos, Jonas and Adolfas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin, among others, and its transnational connections. While some scholars have researched the history of the NACG on a … Continue reading Marginal Circulation of Marginal Films? The “Travelling Exhibitions” of New American Cinema in the 1960s

Posting on the wall in pre-digital times. Media and Communication Practices in Refugee Camps in Germany (1945–2000)

Philipp Seuferling Södertörn University

Lack of information, disconnectedness, not knowing the whereabouts of family and friends – these are central parts of the experience of forced migration. Here, means of communication and media technologies gain crucial importance for refugees. Practices of media and communication enable them to navigate, circumvent or subversively fight against “information precarity” (Wall, Otis Campbell & … Continue reading Posting on the wall in pre-digital times. Media and Communication Practices in Refugee Camps in Germany (1945–2000)

The reinvention of the city. Outlines of the urban in the Swiss Alternative movement in the 1970s and 1980s (working title)

Nadine Zberg University of Zurich

The modernist city of the Western postwar era with its downtown business districts, «green» suburbia, and extensive highway networks increasingly came under scrutiny over the course of the 1960s. Hence, the 1970s, a decade often referred to as an “age of fracture” or “age of crisis”,[1] also brought along a fundamental renegotiation of the city … Continue reading The reinvention of the city. Outlines of the urban in the Swiss Alternative movement in the 1970s and 1980s (working title)

Digitizing Marginal Objects: Amateur Films from the GDR in Color

Dennis Basaldella, Josephine Diecke Hamburg University / Filmmuseum Potsdam, University of Zurich

Digitizing Marginal Objects: Amateur Films from the GDR in Color The Film Colors projects of the University of Zurich and the Filmmuseum Potsdam joined forces, in order to digitize selected color films from the Filmmuseum’s holdings. This blog post focuses on the results of a cooperation between the SNSF project Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutionslocated … Continue reading Digitizing Marginal Objects: Amateur Films from the GDR in Color

Video Art, New Media, Digital Arts : Thinking and exhibiting the moving image

Maud Pollien Lausanne University

Video, as an inherently heterogeneous medium and as per its supports and its technical evolution is part of the intermedia field (Dick Higgins, 1966). In that sense, it escapes the compartmentalisation into rigid medium-related categories. Furthermore, its temporal dimension makes its exhibition mode problematic, while positioning it closer to the performative logic. The difficulty to … Continue reading Video Art, New Media, Digital Arts : Thinking and exhibiting the moving image

The Archaeology of Satellite Television in Switzerland, 1957-1984

Marie Sandoz University of Lausanne

The Archaeology of Satellite Television in Switzerland, 1957-1984 The collective research project “Beyond Public Service: Towards an Expanded History of Television in Switzerland, 1960 to 2000” is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and lead at the University of Lausanne by Prof. François Vallotton and Dr.  Anne-Katrin Weber. It aims specifically to embrace the … Continue reading The Archaeology of Satellite Television in Switzerland, 1957-1984