The End of Cinema and the Future of Cinema Studies

A conference exploring the mortality of cinema and its redifinition by digital technology


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Artistic legacies
  • Pedagogy

Organizing Institutions

Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Contributing Institutions



Meta Mazaj, Peter Decherney, Nicola M. Gentili


Dick Wolf

Opens to public





4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


100% Formal - 0% Informal

Slought and the Penn Cinema Studies Program is pleased to announce "The End of Cinema and the Future of Cinema Studies", a day-long conference on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 9:00-5:00pm. A series of introductory remarks by the organizers will be followed by three panels from 9:30-11am, 11am-12:30pm, and 2-3:30pm. It will conclude with a keynote presentation by Francesco Casetti from 3:30-5pm.

This conference brings together scholars, film critics, and practitioners at the cutting edge of debates about technological and institutional transformations in film and media. The disappearance of celluloid, the redefinition of the image by digital technology, and the transition from theatrical viewing to heterogeneous spaces and devices has transformed the field's object of study - producing a kind of cultural pessimism and obsessive discourse on the mortality of cinema. At the same time, we are witnessing a renewed vitality and vigor in cinema, a widening sphere of influence, and the rebirth of cinephilia.

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Featured Conversants

Lynn Spigel, Frances Willard Professor of Screen Cultures, Northwestern University

Francesco Casetti, Professor in the Humanities and Film Program, Yale University (Keynote)

Dudley Andrew, R. Seldon Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University

John Belton, Professor of English and Film, Rutgers University

Mark Betz, Professor in Film Studies, King's College London

Francesca Coppa, Professor in English, Muhlenberg College

Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, former director of Sundance Film Festival

Barbara Klinger, Professor in Film and Media Studies, Indiana University

Lev Manovich, Professor at CUNY Graduate Center, founder and director of Software Studies Initiative

Jonathan Rosenbaum, former head film critic for the Chicago Reader, and contributor to Cahiers du cinéma and Film Comment