Sapientia University, Department of Film, Photography and Media
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The keywords we chose, cinematic intermediality and visual culture, define the narrower and the broader focus of our activities.
In a niche that we consider that we have already carved out for ourselves in the field of intermediality studies, we aim to advance researches and methodologies in a specific area of film and media studies: the theory and analysis of cinematic intermediality. Our goal is to study the ways in which mediums of communication interact within cinema and the ways in which cinema absorbs features and representations of the other arts, engaging them in a productive dialogue. We are also interested in observing new forms of moving images that create new cultural experiences in the digital age, and in the "cinematic turn" in contemporary visual arts. In our view, untangling the manifold aesthetic strategies of cinematic intermediality allows us to observe a variety of sensuous or intellectual modes for addressing important issues of the human condition, art, society, and history.
The other key objective of the centre expands our scope to examine a wider array of the often-interconnected areas of visual culture (including film, photography, television, and digital media) in their specific historical and geographical context, and with a special focus on Eastern Europe. The range of our researches extends from the analysis of media products to the analysis of processes of production and reception.
We connect the activities of research and teaching within our academic work and encourage artistic projects that conceive practice as research.
We strive to maintain a continuous dialogue with other research centres, scientific societies and an international network of scholars working in similar fields.


  • organizing regular in-house workshops to stimulate individual and group research of the members of the centre,
  • proposal and scientific management of research projects,
  • organizing national and international workshops and conferences,
  • international networking,
  • hosting prestige/guest lectures,
  • organizing book launches, exhibitions connected to the activites of the centre,
  • dissemination of research through a dedicated webpage of book publications and YouTube channel,
  • editing (and peer reviewing activity for) an international, English language scientific journal indexed in several prestigious databases, Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies.


RAYMOND BELLOUR, film theorist, Emeritus Research Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris (France)
MARTINE BEUGNET, Professor in Visual Studies at the Paris Diderot University (France)
STEVEN JACOBS, Professor in Art History at the Department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies, Ghent University (Belgium)
LÚCIA NAGIB, Professor of Film, Department of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading (UK)
LAURA MULVEY, film theorist, Professor at Birckbeck, University of London (UK)
JOACHIM PAECH, Professor Emeritus, The University of Konstanz (Germany)
BRIGITTE PEUCKER, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Yale University (USA)
MARION SCHMID, Professor of French Literature and Film, The University of Edinburgh (UK)


University of Edinburgh (UK), Film and the Other Arts: Intermediality, Medium Specificity, Creativity International Research Network
University of Reading (UK), Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC)
Linnaeus University (Sweden), Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS)


Transylvanian Audiovisual Archive
Regional Committee in Cluj of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences/MTA (Committee on Media and Communications)


International Society for Intermedial Studies (ISIS),European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), Hungarian Association for Film Studies



22 June 2021: INTERMEDIALITY AND WORLD CINEMA - international workshop



Books published:


The Picturesque: Visual Pleasure and Intermedilaity

Vol.19 (2021) of our journal, Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies

A selection of essays written after the international conference organized with the same title by the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on the 25th and 26th of October 2019, within the framework of the research project CNCS-UEFISCDI, project nr. PN-III-ID-PCE-2016-0418).


Two Interviews with LAURA MULVEY:

Afterthoughts on the "Picturesque" Conference

On Becoming Involved in Film Studies and Filmmaking

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