Spring School

MAGIS International Film Studies Spring School
An international film and media studies conference aimed at MA and PhD students and early career researchers. Every year in Gorizia (Italy).

FilmForum/MAGIS Spring School is an international film and media studies conference (especially aimed at MA and PhD students and early career researchers) organized by the University of Udine (Italy) in collaboration with: Concordia University - Montreal; Universität Potsdam, Fachhochschule Potsdam; Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main; Université de Lausanne; Université de Montréal; Université du Québec à Montréal; Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3; University of Malta.

Inaugurated in 2003, FilmForum has now become one of the most important events in the field of film and media studies, also being considered highly influential across several other disciplines. The School is in fact internationally renowned for its interdisciplinary flair, for the originality of its cutting edge topics.

The upcoming XVII MAGIS Spring School Edition will be held in Gorizia between March 23the and 26th 2019 in Gorizia (read the call for papers here).  As usual the School will be articulated in five different Sections, Cinema and Contemporary Arts, Media Archaeology, Porn Studies, Post Cinema, Film and Media Heritage. 


Cinema and Contemporary Arts: the section aims at exploring the mutual relationship and the even shifting boundaries between the domain of the cinematic medium and the film institutions and the realm of art artistic and curatorial practices and art exhibition. To contribute to the current debate, the section will foster the discussion between artists, curators, institutional stakeholders and academic scholars from all over Europe.

Film and Media Heritage: The section is focused on issues about film and media history, archival practices and theories, film preservation and restoration, linking together different institutional players around Europe (universities, independent scholars, archives, museums, curators, laboratories). The section is organized by University of Udine, CineGraph/Hamburg, Potsdam- Fachhochschule and Universität Potsdam.

Media Archaeology: Its research framework refers to a methodological stream that, in the last years, has raised international academic attention. More specifically, our media archaeology section aims to understand and interpret the materiality of mediatechnology – and the practices and discourses that it entails. Its goal is to innovate media history, providing it with new sources and new methodological tools.

Porn Studies:The section investigates the national, regional, social,and cultural distinctive features of pornography, in order to achieve a deeper and more complex understanding of pornography itself as a cultural form. On one hand, the section aims to reconstruct the historical variables that define the cultural existence of pornographic films and videos. On the other, the section aims at tracing the at tracing the geographical constants that distinguish the different pornographicforms in terms of national, regional, and socio-cultural identity.

Post Cinema: is intended to be a new large field in which cinema and traditional audiovisual tools mix their identities with the new media products, becoming part of a largest “software culture”. Since 2009 the section have discussed many medial forms and issues such as interactive documentaries, Virtual or Augmented Reality, video games, transmedia platforms, social networks and other web features. Its aim is still today to record and to problematize the wide space of the “expanded” audiovisual domain.


Read our current call for papers and the one from the previous editions below.