Essays in Epistemology Across Media

Edited by François Albera and Maria Tortajada


Edited by François Albera and Maria Tortajada

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

413 pages | 33 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9789089646668 Published March 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This collection brings together a number of leading scholars in film studies to explore viewing and listening dispositives—the Foucauldian concept of a strategic and technical configuration of practices and discourses—from the emergence of film studies as a field in the 1960s to more recent uses of the concept. In particular, the contributors confront points of view and perspectives in the context of the rise and spread of new technologies—changes that are continually altering the boundaries and the spaces of cinema and thus demand new analysis and theoretization.


Questioning the Word “Dispositif”

Note on the Translation

Francois Albera and Maria Tortajada (editors);

Franck Le Gac (translator)


Francois Albera and Maria Tortajada

I. Dispositives: Programs

The Dispositive Does Not Exist!

Francois Albera, Maria Tortajada

Between Knowing and Believing

The Cinematic Dispositive after Cinema

Thomas Elsaesser

II. Dispositives: Issues

“You Do Not Even Know Where You Are”

Dispositive and Dizziness

Patrick Desile

Marey and the Synthesis of Movement

The Reconstruction of a Concept

Maria Tortajada

Notes on the Bergsonian Cinematograph

Elie During

The Stereopticon and Cinema

Media Form or Platform?

Charles Musser

On Some Limitations of the Definition of the Dispositive “Cinema”

Andre Gaudreault

The Moment of the “Dispositif”

Omar Hachemi

The “Dispositive Effect” in Film Narrative

Philippe Ortel

III. Dispositives: Histories

The Social Imaginary of Telephony

Fictional Dispositives in Albert Robida’s Le Vingtieme Siecle and the

Archeology of “Talking Cinema”

Alain Boillat

Between Paradoxical Spectacles and Technical Dispositives

Looking Again at the (Serpentine) Dances of Early Cinema

Laurent Guido

Forms of Machines, Forms of Movement

Benoit Turquety

The Amateur-Dispositive

Francois Albera

Two Versions of the Television Dispositive

Gilles Delavaud

Reality Television as Dispositive: The Case of French-Speaking


Charlotte Bouchez

Dispositive and Cinepoetry, around Foucault’s Death and the


Christophe Wall-Romana

Archaeology and Spectacle

Old Dispositives and New Objects for Surprised Spectators Stopping

by the Museum

Viva Paci

About the Authors

Index of Titles

Index of Names

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