Moving Image Memory Cultures

International Summer School
Datum: 24.09.2018 to 28.09.2018
Ort: Potsdam

September 24 – 28, 2018  |  Potsdam, Germany

Organized by
Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam/Centre for Contempory History Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies, Potsdam
Dr. Christoph Classen, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

Funded by

The innovative core of the international Summer School lies in its conceptual intertwining of two defining phenomena of current and recent times. These are, on the one hand, the memory boom that swept western societies in the last third of the 20th century, and, on the other hand, the growing public presence of moving images that occurred in the course of the 20th century, and again more recently and more forcefully with digitization. Essential to this undertaking is an interdisciplinary exchange which also incorporates media practices.
The memory boom led to an accentuated preoccupation in Cultural Studies with concepts such as trauma or nostalgia, and the creation of new terms such as memory culture, which has come to define public, non-academic interaction with the past. Few voices have attempted to relate the potentially fundamental impact of moving images, with their strategies for emotionalizing, personalizing and visualizing the past, to the paradigm shift from “history” to “memory”. The role moving images play within cultural memory processes still remains a desideratum. The basic idea of the Summer School is to investigate this role. ​To steer the discussion, the organizers have defined a series of key terms and questions.

Website International Summer School "Moving Image Memory Cultures"

Keynotes by
Prof. Dr. Robert Burgoyne / Prof. Dr. Alison Landsberg

Workshops by
Dr. Dagmar Brunow
Dr. Ania Szczepanska / Dr. Matthias Steinle
Dr. Ilka Brombach / Dr. Andreas Koetzing
Dr. Nico de Klerk

Dr. Ilka Brombach Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Dr. Dagmar Brunow Linnéuniversitetet Växjö, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Robert Burgoyne University of St. Andrews
Dr. Teresa Castro Paris 3 – Nouvelle Sorbonne
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers Université du Luxembourg
Prof. Dr. Wulf Kansteiner Aarhus University, Denmark
Dr. Nico de Klerk Utrecht University
Dr. Andreas Kötzing Hannah-Ahrendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung e.V.
Chris Kraus Berlin
Prof. Dr. Alison Landsberg George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Felix Moeller Blueprint Film, Munich
Monika Preischl Berlin
Dr. Matthias Steinle Paris 3 – Nouvelle Sorbonne
Sebastian Stielke Berlin
Dr. Ania Szczepanska Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne
Mila Turajlic Belgrade


September 24, 2018

2.00 pm ::: ZZF
Welcome Round

3.00 pm ::: ZZF
Reading Group: Keynote 1
Chair: Dr. Christoph Classen / Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl

​4.30 pm ::: Transfer to Filmmuseum Potsdam 

5.00 pm ::: Filmmuseum Potsdam
Keynote 1: “The Videographic Essay as a Form of Metahistorical Film.” by Prof. Dr. Robert Burgoyne
Chair: Dr. Christoph Classen

​6.30 pm ::: Genusswerkstatt

​8.00 pm ::: Filmmuseum Potsdam

September 25, 2018

10.00 am ::: ZZF
Artist Talk: Chris Kraus
Chair: Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

​12.00 pm ::: Schmiede 9

1.00 pm ::: ZZF
Dialogue Session: “Digital Memory Culture” by Prof. Dr. Wulf Kansteiner and Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers
Chair: Dr. Christoph Classen

3.00 pm ::: Coffee Break

3.30 pm ::: ZZF
Presentation Panel 1: Roxane Dänner / Selina Robertson
Chair: Dr. Dagmar Brunow

​4.30 pm ::: Transfer to Filmmuseum Potsdam

5.00 pm ::: Filmmuseum Potsdam
Guest: Dr. Felix Moeller

7.00 pm ::: Genusswerkstatt

8.30 pm ::: Dinner Location / Downtown Potsdam

September 26, 2018

10.00 am ::: ZZF  /  10.00 am ZeM
Workshops [4 groups – 2 at ZZF, 2 at ZeM]

​12.00 pm ::: Schmiede 9

1.00 pm ::: ZZF  /  1.00 pm ZeM
Workshops [4 groups – 2 at ZZF, 2 at ZeM]

3.00 pm ::: Coffee Break 

3.30 pm ::: ZZF  /  3.30 pm ZeM
Reading Groups: Keynote 2 [same 4 groups of the workshops]

4.30 pm ::: Transfer for the groups at ZeM to the ZZF

5.00 pm ::: ZZF
Presentation Panel 2: Samuel Antichi / Eva Knopf / Johannes Reihn / Dr. Lea Wohl / Dr. Julia Schumacher
Chair: Dr. Anna Jehle

6.30 pm ::: Museum Barberini

8.00 pm ::: ZZF
Round-Table: “Archive Producing” with Dr. Felix Moeller / Monika Preischl / Mila Turajlic
Chair: Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl

September 27, 2018

9.30 am ::: ZZF
Presentation Panel 3: Courtney Elizabeth Cole / Tamara Kolaric / Teresa Castro
Chair: Dr. Klaudija Sabo

​11.00 am ::: Coffee Break 
11.30 am ::: ZZF 

Presentation Panel 4: Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann / Dr. Rasmus Greiner / Marie Christin Krämmer
Chair: Dr. Manuel Menke

1.00 pm ::: Schmiede 9

2.00 pm ::: tbc
Guided Tour [2 Groups – English / German]
Guide: Sebastian Stielke

5.00 pm ::: ZZF
Keynote 2: “Horror Vérité: Politics and History in Jordan Peele’s GET OUT (2017)” by Prof. Dr. Alison Landsberg
Chair: Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl

6.30 pm ::: Transfer

7.00 pm ::: Genusswerkstatt
Dinner & Socializing

September 28, 2018

9.30 am ::: ZZF
Presentation Panel 5: Rieke Böhling / Fabian Schmidt / Alexander Zöller
Chair: Oliver Hanley

11.00 am ::: Coffee Break

11.30 am ::: ZZF
Project Presentation: Moving History with Dr. Ilka Brombach / Dr. Christoph Classen / Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl / Dr. Felix Moeller

12.30 pm ::: ZZF
Results & Future Projects with Dr. Christoph Classen

1.30 pm ::: ZZF
Goodbye – Coffee & Sandwich to go



ZZF – Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung 
Am Neuen Markt 9D, 14467 Potsdam

​ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaft
Hermann-Elflein-Str.18, 14467 Potsdam

​Filmmuseum Potsdam
Breite Straße 1A, 14467 Potsdam

Schmiede 9
Am Neuen Markt 9, 14467 Potsdam

Breite Str. 1A, 14467 Potsdam

​Museum Barberini
Humboldtstraße 5–6, 14467 Potsdam

Kontakt und Anmeldung

Dr. Christoph Classen
Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam/Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF Potsdam)
E-Mail: classen [at]

Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl
Professor Audiovisuelles Kulturerbe
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
E-Mail: c.wahl [at]