History of Film and Moving Image Studies.

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This axis seeks to identify the conditions of emergence and consolidation of Film and Moving Image Studies in academia. It revolves around 3 main issues: the study of conceptual conditions, material and technological conditions, and institutional conditions.

Conceptual Conditions

Technological Conditions

Institutional Conditions

Institutions of Cinephilia

Institutions of social and community activism

Pedagogical Institutions



SCMS’ Fieldnotes Project Expands Selection of Film Studies Oral Histories.

The SCMS Fieldnotes project is pleased to present a new slate of oral history interviews, featuring many seminal scholars from the fields of film and media studies. New video and audio interviews include Tom Gunning, Mary Ann Doane, Francesco Casetti, and many more.

Jason Mittell's talk

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 16:00

Our contemporary media landscape might be called the era of heightened seriality. In this talk, Professor Jason Mittell explores how serial storytelling has pervaded both film and television narrative, considering what formal elements define contemporary seriality, and how seriality is forged by industrial and viewing practices.

Porting Media : Asia

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 16:00

Laikwan Pang, Thomas Lamarre

Sarah Cooper's talk

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 16:00

From the mid-1940s, when Maurice Merleau-Ponty gave a lecture on film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris, which was subsequently published as ‘Le Cinéma et la nouvelle psychologie’ (‘Cinema and the New Psychology’), film scholars have shown a keen interest in the relationship between his philosophy and cinema.

Martin Barnier's lecture

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:00

In considering why it took so long for cinema to acquire sound it is important to compare between different historical periods. The slow-paced evolution of film sound (this was everything but a revolution) is not well known or documented in good measure because few people know just how diverse the environments for film screenings were during the first 30 years of cinema.

Catherine Russell's lecture

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 16:00

Although Walter Benjamin is frequently cited in film studies scholarship, there is little consensus on what he really offers the discipline. Working with several PhD students, I have tracked citations of Walter Benjamin in two major film studies journals, Cinema Journal and Screen from 1990 to 2014.

Daniel Herbert's lecture

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00
Historically, video stores in both big cities and small towns often served as de facto cinémathèques and informal “film schools.” Now that Netflix and other digital delivery services have largely destroyed the brick-and-mortar video rental industry, some surviving stores have made efforts to formally re-define themselves as cultural and cinematic institutions.

Peter Morris Prize for Haidee Wasson

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 11:45

Professor Haidee Wasson has won the Peter Morris Prize for best article in the last two years of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies with "The Other Small Screen: Moving Images at New York's World Fair, 1939" published in issue 21.1 in 2012. The prize was announced at the Film Studies Association of Canada annual conference. Congratulations Haidee!


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