Lorenz Engell: 20th Century in the Rhythm of Television


March 18 | 4.45pm | film hall | Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt | On Series and Seriality: How television organizes and transforms time, history, and itself

To very few but remarkable exceptions, almost no philosophical attention has been paid to television so far. This is the more surprising since television can be described as the main cultural agency dealing with and reflecting upon time and time forms during the 20th century; the two main features of television being the live principle – and hence synchronicity – and the serial structure – and hence sequentiality. In this lecture, the serial principle of television will be examined and the evolution of the television series through the medium will be described starting from philosophical findings by Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze. Doing so, ontological and epistemological aspects of television will be focused on, putting a specific emphasis on the historicity and (self-)historicization of television.

March 19 | 6.30pm | film hall | Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt | The Apollo Program: How television performed the second Copernican Turn and paved the way into the Digital Age in 1969

The successful flight to the moon in 1969 by Apollo 11 does not only mark the biggest live event in the history of television, it is also a pivotal turning point in the evolution of the medium, and hence it may be adressed as the Copernican Turn in more recent media history. The workshop will show that the Apollo project from its beginnings to its end was by no means a mere space project, but a television project, that it not only contributed to change the ruling world order of the Cold War, but that it had the traditional concept of communication, of the visual, and of the (mass) medium culminate into a new ontology and epistemology of media, hence performing an epochal change and resulting in a completely different mediatic and scopic regime which prepared the soil for the event of the digital and which is very much in vigour still today.

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Engell

Studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies, French and Italian and Art History at the University of Cologne, receiving his Ph.D in 1988. In 1993 he became a Bauhaus Professor in Weimar and in 1996 the founding Dean of the Faculty of Media of the Bauhaus University. Since 2008 he is – alongside with Bernhard Siegert – director of the IKKM (das Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie). His areas of research are film and television studies, media history and media philosophy. His current research projects are cinematographic agencies, cinematographic objects, the imaginary of television, media anthropology, operative ontologies, and seriality, causality, indexicality. The fruit of his latest finished reserach is represented by his books Images of finitude (2005), Playtime. Film as „acting field“ (2010), and Introduction to TV theory (2012).


History Between Media and Audiences

The main publication of the project, entitled Where Is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Past, is now finally available for download here! The book draws on postmodern impulses as well as contemporary approaches to historiography, and tests them in the Central European context, to bring new insights into the relation between history, media and audiences. Edited carefully by Ian Christie and Marcel Arbeit, the monograph links researchers across humanities from both Palacký University and worldwide (Laura Mulvey, Roger Odin and others). 

Expelled to Paradise - download it now!
Re-presenting the past by Frank Ankersmit

Gianmaria Givanni: A Portrait of Black London

Sun 19. 4. | Divadelní sál | 10:30

Lucie Česálková: History of Czech Science Documentary Films

Wednesday | April 17 | 11AM | film hall - Konvikt

Vikings - AFO 2015

Reconstructing history in modern computer games - AFO 2015

Jeffrey Geiger: Pacific Fantasy in Hollywood and Amateur Film (AFO 2015)

Re-interpretation of the history

Lorenz Engell: 20th Century in the Rhythm of Television

Ian Christie: Whose history is it anyway?

The summer semester is just about to start and it is our pleasure to invite you to a varied, well-founded and thought-provoking series of lectures and workshops taking place in the scope of the Re-presenting the Past project. The opening will belong to the main mentor of the project, prof. Ian Christie, whose talks on hidden, controversial and often ignored histories will take place on February 25 and 26. The summer semester is just about to start and it is our pleasure to invite you to a varied, well-founded and thought-provoking series of lectures and workshops taking place in the scope of the Re-presenting the Past project. The opening will belong to the main mentor of the project, prof. Ian Christie, whose talks on hidden, controversial and often ignored histories will take place on February 25 and 26. 

Curator Bruno Marchand for Festival of Film Animation Olomouc 2014

Bruno Marchand, a theorist and curator based in Lisboa, Portugal, will present a special selection of films by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Their work is rooted in two basic traditions of early cinema – on one hand there is the documentary character of brothers Lumière with their unassuming acceptance of everyday reality, on the other hand, the tradition of magic ascribed to Georges Méliès, the father of special effects and the founder of sci-fi and fantasy films. During the two presentations, more than 20 films will be shown, selected especially for this occasion by the artists themselves.

Janet McCabe at Screen Industries conference


27-29 November 2014, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ian Christie: Visuality and War
Roman Empire (not only) on the Film Screen by Maria Wyke

Between November 5 and November 7, Maria Wyke, a prominent classicist from University College London, will deliver a series of lectures focused on the fascination of film by ancient Rome, as well as an astonishing analogy between US imperial politits of George W. Bush, and the figure of Caesar. Her Wednesday and Friday talks at the Art Centre of the Palacky University - Konvikt, will be topped by a unique screening of silent shorts depicting life in ancient Rome, with live piano accompaniment, which will take place on Thursday, November 6, in the spectacular setting of the baroque Corpus Christi Chapel.

Peter Lyth on the History of Transport and National Identity

On Wednesday October 22, and Friday October 24, historian Petr Lyth (University of Nottingham) will give two talks on the historiography of transport and its role in nation-building. They will be accompanied by a screening of the last Alfred Hitchcock´s British film The Lady Vanishes (1938) on Thursday October 23.

Ian Christie Launching a New Series of Lectures on October 1

On Wednesday, October 1 Ian Christie will start the fall series of lectures within the Re-presenting the Past project, focusing on how new data sources change our perception of history.



Robert Rosenstone back in Olomouc on May, 12th

Provocative historian Robert Rosenstone back in Olomouc with his lecture "What Does the Historian Filmmaker Do (to History)? on Monday May, 12th.

Lecture on melodrama by Petra Hanakova in May 7th

On Wednesday, May 7th, Petra Hanakova, professor of film studies at Charles University in Prague will held lecture on melodrama as a challenge for film studies.

Natalie Lemann lecture on 30th April

In her lecture Natalie Lemann from Institute of Contemporary Culture in Lodz focuses on film history as spectacle in television and film in Poland.

Museum Instalation of Art & Wunder kabinett - lectures of M. Winzeler

April 9th and 10th, 2014 Dr. Marius Winzeler will held two lectures on Museum instalation of Art and Wunder kabinett tradition.

Spring lectures of prof. Christie

Next lectures of prof. Ian Christie on visual history and material culture will take place on 26th and 28th of March in Olomouc.

Conference programme in pdf
Conference gallery

Explore the gallery from the conference Uses, Abuses and Inventions: Where is History Today? actually taking place in Olomouc.

Where Is History Today?

On March 13 to 15, the project hosts its first international conference Uses, Abuses and Inventions: Where Is History Today? The conference speakers include Laura Mulvey, Roger Odin and Daniel Pick.

Robin Nicholson (UK) and Lectures on Architecture

On February 19 and 21, the first lectures of 2014 will be held, this time in the field of architecture and urbanism. Our guest is Robin Nicholson of London-based Cullinan Studio.

Ernest Edmonds: Projection and Lecture at PAF

On Friday, December 6, a lecture and projection by artist, theorist and university professor Ernest Edmonds will be held at the Festival of Film Animation Olomouc.

Stephen Bann’s Lectures on Photography on November 27

On Wednesday, November 27, Professor Stephen Bann of the University of Bristol will lecture on the principles of the photographic image. The first lecture starts at 8 am. Stephen Bann is the Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998.

Ian Christie and Lectures on Visions of the End (November 6, 8)

The November series of lectures by Prof. Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, University of London) will deal with visions of the end and the apocalypse as well as with visions of the future predicted after World War 2. The lectures will be held on November 6 and 8 in the Art Centre of Palacký University.

Two Lectures on Historicism on Friday, October 25

On Friday, October 25, two lectures by prominent Czech historians, Doc. PhDr. Ivan Klimeš and PhDr. Jiří Rak, Ph.D., dealing with historicism in the context of cinema, will be held within the lecture series. They represent two of the few lectures of Czech academic experts held within the project.

First Fall Lectures: Robert Burgoyne (October 2–4)

On October 2, at 3 pm, the fall series of Re-Presenting the Past lectures will be launched by Professor Robert Burgoyne who will discuss embodiment in Kathryn Bigelow’s films.

April Lectures: Peter Kramer and Prof. Josef Vojvodík

In April, the lecture series presents external lecturers Peter Kramer and Professor Josef Vojvodík. On Friday, April 5, Peter Kramer will give a lecture on the relation of archives and (not only) film history illustrated by the example of the archive of Stanley Kubrick. On Tuesday, April 9, Professor Josef Vojvodík will lecture on affect in the reception theory in art.

Ian Christie's Lecture on Friday, March 15

On Friday, March 15, at 10 am, Ian Christie will give another of his lectures called “Do You See What I See? Case Studies in Reading Images Historically”. The lecture will be held in the Theatre Hall of the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).


Jerome de Groot: Lecture on Historical Narratives

On Wednesday, March 13, at 5 pm, Prof. Jerome de Groot will give a unique lecture on historical narratives illustrated by the example of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained (2012). The lecture will be held in the Auditorium Maximum of the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).


Ian Christie’s Lectures in February and March 2013

Another series of lectures by international expert Ian Christie will be held on February 22 and 27, 2013 in the Theatre Hall at the Art Centre of Palacký University. This time, the lectures will focus on the change of history and historiography with the arrival of modernity as well as on the past reflected by epic films of the 1910s. On Friday, March 1, a thematic lecture dealing with the characteristics of film audiences in the early 20th century will follow.


FRIDAY, February 22, 2013 | 10 am – 12 pm

“On or about December 1910, Human Character Changed.” How Did Modernity Change History?

WEDNESDAY, February 27, 2013 | 1 – 3 pm

Representing the Nation: Cinema Projects ‘Big History’ in the 1910s

FRIDAY, March 1, 2013 | 10 am – 12 pm

Being an Audience in the Early 20th Century


November Lectures of Prof. Ian Christie

Another lecture series will be held on November 2 and 7 in the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).

The First Series of Lectures by Prof. Ian Christie

The first series of lectures by Prof. Ian Christie will be held on October 24 and 26, 2012 in the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt).