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Issue 6.1


Institutionalizing Moving Image
Archival Training: Analyses,
Histories, Theories

Institutionalizing Moving Image
Archival Training: Analyses,
Histories, Theories
edited by Philipp Dominik Keidl and Christian Gosvig Olesen.

The aim of this special issue is to develop a better understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped and defined archival training in the past and present and nourish continued critical reflection. More than the institutionalization of established “best practices,” archival training’s different departmental homes within the humanities, social sciences, and sciences indicate differences in ontological and epistemological conceptualization of moving images and their role in culture. Interventions in the field of archival studies provide answers to these questions by offering insights into the multifarious turns and directions that the field has taken in the past few decades, and where it may go in the future.

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Individual Chapters



Philipp Dominik Keidl & Christian Gosvig Olesen

Is Film Archiving a Profession Yet? Reflections 20 Years On

Is Film Archiving a Profession: A Reflection 20 Years On

Ray Edmondson

What Price Professionalism?

Caroline Frick

Interdisciplinarity, Specialization, Conceptualization

Eef Masson & Giovanna Fossati

What Do We Profess To?

Benedict Salazar Olgado

The Jeffrey L. Selznick School of Preservation: Changing the Field

Caroline Yeager

Peer-Review Articles

Multiplying Perspectives: Reflections on the Role of a Curatorial Perspective

Alejandro Bachmann

Learn then Preserve: Historical and Theoretical Notes

Simone Venturini

The Current Landscape of Film Archiving and How Study Programs can Contribute

Adelheid Heftberger

Forum Section: Programs, Philosophies

A Look Back: The Professional Master’s Programme in Preservation and Presentation

Thomas Elsaesser

Minding the Materiality of Film: The Frankfurt Master Program

Sonia Campanini, Vinzenz Hediger & Ines Bayer

The Materiality of Heritage: Moving Image Preservation Training at HTW Berlin

Ulrich Ruedel & Martin Koerber

Upholding Tradition: The MA Program at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Oliver Hanley

Education Through International Collaboration: The APEX Program

Juana Suárez & Pamela Vízner

Learning From the Keepers: Archival Training in Italian Cinematheques

Rossella Catanese


Thomas Elsaesser, Film History as Media Archaeology

Giuseppe Fidotta

Iwan Morgan and Philip John Davies, Hollywood and the Great Depression

Andrée Lafontaine

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