Graduate - Spring - 2018
Philosophy of History/Histories of Cinema
This seminar places contemporary studies in the history of cinema within the framework of broader debates concerning the nature and social import of historical inquiry. We examine works and concepts in the philosophy of history that have informed the researching and writing of film history as a scholarly endeavor, and the various ways in which cinema has been regarded as an object of historical inquiry over time. The course also considers how the production and circulation of film and media texts have extended debates about historiographical practices in other fields, and how conceptions of the cinema archive are being recalibrated in the digital era.