Film Culture in Transition
Media and Communication
Commissioning Editor:
Maryse Elliott
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Geographical scope:
North America; Europe
Chronological scope:
20th and 21st centuries
European Cinema; Film Culture; Film Theory; Media Archaeology


Film Culture in Transition is committed to a plurality of approaches and to initiating informed debate on the new technologies, their histories and the new forms of creativity transforming cultural life. Our books, while putting the emphasis on current work in film theory and media history, also feature innovative studies on film authors and the vital issues in the politics of the image.

Proposals Welcome:

The series welcomes scholarly monographs and edited volumes in English by both established and early-career researchers. 

Proposals for should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal format and should also include the envisaged table of contents or overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles. 

Further Information:
For questions or to submit a proposal, contact Maryse Elliott (Commissioning Editor Media & Communication) via

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"Film History as Media Archaeology is a fantastic continuation and crystallisation of what the Film Culture in Transition-book series has done for so many years and over so many volumes: moved film studies into new discussions, combining new empirical insights with theoretical impact that continues to excite. Like Elsaesser, the book series of which he is the General Editor has shifted our guiding questions from the mere “what is cinema” to the critically situated practices: where and when is cinema, where and when is media, and where and when is theory?"

- Professor Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art/University of Southampton, author of What is Media Archaeology? and A Geology of Media.


 "With its 50th installment, the Film Culture in Transition book series edited by Thomas Elsaesser for Amsterdam University Press, reaffirms its position as one of the most important and indispensable venues for film and media research in English language academic publishing. With its ground-breaking monographs and edited collections, the series has been driving the debate in our field for more than two decades now."

- Professor Vinzenz Hediger, Professor of Cinema Studies, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt 


"Not only is Film History as Media Archaeology impressive in its own right, as the 50th volume in Film Culture in Transition, his book series with Amsterdam University Press, Elsaesser has deployed his acumen and rigor to nurture, shape and inspire a generation (or two) of scholars."

 - Professor Charles Musser, Yale University 


This thoughtful exploratory study deals with three seminal issues in film theory, notably the relationship of image and sound, early manifestations of the moving image, and new connections between the...
€ 43,95
Only available in hardback: ISBN 978 90 8964 012 3The history of industrial films – an orphangenre of twentieth-century cinemacomposed of government-produced andindustrially sponsored movies that...
€ 56,95
Film festivals are hugely popular events that attract lovers of cinema worldwide. Focusing on the world’s most famous festivals – Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Rotterdam – Film Festivals tells the...
€ 95,00
What have Lumière in common with Wachowski? More than one hundred years separate these two pairs of brothers who astonished, quite similarly, the film spectator of their respective time with special...
€ 54,95
In the face of renewed competition from Hollywood since the early 1980s and the challenges posed to Europe’s national cinemas by the fall of the Wall in 1989, independent filmmaking in Europe has...
€ 69,95
The Last Great American Picture Show brings together essays by scholars and writers who chart the changing evaluations of the American cinema of the 1970s, sometimes referred to as the decade of the...
€ 54,95
In the late 1960s, the cinema was pronounced dead. Television, like a Biblical Cain had slain his brother Abel. Some thirty years later, a remarkable reversal: rarely has the cinema been more popular....
€ 39,95
This book draws new connections between twentieth-century German and French film theory and practice and vitalist conceptions of life from biology and philosophy. Inga Pollmann shows how the links...
€ 34,99
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