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Organized within the Exploratory Research Project supported by the CNCS - UEFISCDI, PN-III-P4-PCE-2021-1297.
Deadline for applications: 10 July 2023.




JØRGEN BRUHN's keynote presentation at the conference:

You can see a selection of the presentations at this conference in this playlist.

Short interview with some of the participants about the topic of the conference (in English):


Short interview with some of the participants about the topic of the conference (in Hungarian):


Our conference aims to encourage studies that explore an emerging paradigm in intermediality studies centred on "affective intermediality", and we hope to initiate a friendly, scholarly debate regarding the relevance and productivity of this approach. The necessity of such an "affective turn" of intermediality studies arises from viewing intermediality as an intricate and highly performative process of communication between humans within a particular context of material reality and historical time, not just as a "transfer", a "combination" or "reference" of media characteristics or representations, i.e. not only as something that happens between media and affects media, but as something that affects us. Accordingly, we propose "affective intermediality" as a key term for a perspective over the experience of the in-betweenness of arts and media that pivots from concentrating on formal operations of media transgressions to examining the sensuous excess and complex affective performativity of cinematic intermediality and of intermedial artworks in general.
Cognitive and narrative theory has long considered cinema to be essentially an "emotion machine" (Ed S. Tan) capable of offering "ethically illuminating experiences" (Carl Plantinga). The great cinéphile philosophers of our times, Jacques Rancière and Alain Badiou both speak of cinema in affective terms, highlighting how the medium "overflows" itself (Rancière) towards the other arts and reality, or, reversely, allows reality and the arts to contaminate it, to "flow through" it, "using and magnifying them", whilst "according them a distinctive emotional power" (Badiou). However, the wide spectrum where intermediality intervenes into cinema's "affective regimes" is yet to be fully untangled. Furthermore, cinema serves as an eminent example and model for our proposed investigation and it may open up the field of analysis towards other contemporary media that are increasingly "cinematic". Cinephilia mingles with the enjoyment of the affordances of our high-tech devices. At the same time, cinematic liveness, presence, and affectivity itself have all acquired new meanings in our times, as digital mediatedness has become a part of reality and essential for personal interactions.
Looking at a variety of samples, we may find that the tensions in-between arts and media, which are inherent to any forms of intermediality, can reflect our affective responses to the world. Moreover, intermediality can also become an effective tool in a critical, ethical and emotional engagement with old and new media alike and with vital problems of contemporary reality.
Although we launch the call from the perspective of a research project on the art of moving images, we would like to encourage participants to cover as much as possible of the depth and breadth of the idea of "affective intermediality" and invite contributions from all fields of intermediality studies.

The following topics may inspire you in writing theoretical essays or individual case studies (but we also welcome any paper that proposes a relevant approach to the main idea of the conference and that can expand the area of investigations):

  • unravelling the sensuous excess, sensuous materiality, or the poetic strategies and tropes through which an "affective intermediality" is manifested in moving images and other media;
  • the pleasures and displeasures of cinematic intermediality: an exploration of specific moods, sensations and feelings or “incongruous affects” (Plantinga) communicated/generated through intermediality;
  • the uncanniness of intermediality (an idea carried over from our previous workshop launching our research project – see further suggestions about this topic here);
  • imagination, empathy, memory/postmemory and intermediality; the representability and affective accessibility of traumatic experiences through intermediality;
  • sensitizing through intermediality: addressing key issues of reality (e.g. ecological, social-humanitarian, political crises, etc.); ethical stance and critical thought emerging through “affective intermediality”;
  • “the distribution of the sensible” (Rancière) reflected through intermediality;
  • the gendered gaze and “touch” in intermedial art;
  • affective intermediality in the digital age (e.g. in computer games, in immersive/interactive uses of digital media/platforms/applications, etc.);
  • affective dispositifs (arrangements, milieus) in art installations using moving images/expanded cinema and connecting multiple arts;
  • presentations of practice as research approaches and curatorial practice bringing into spotlight an “affective intermediality” in the arts.


JØRGEN BRUHN, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Linnæus University, Sweden. He is currently leading the Linnæus University Center for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies in Växjö. His main research areas are literary theory, intermediality/media studies, and environmental humanities. His most important publications include the monograph, The Intermediality of Narrative Literature. Medialities Matter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Cinema Between Media. An Intermedial Approach (co-authored with Anne Gjelsvik, Edinburgh UP, 2018), Intermedial Ecocriticism. The Climate Crisis through Art and Media (co-authored with Niklas Salmose, Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2023), Intermedial Studies. An Introduction to Meaning across Media (co-edited with Beate Schirrmacher, Routledge, 2022), Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices (co-edited with Ida Bencke, Punctum Books, 2022), Palgrave Handbook of Intermedial Studies (co-editor and author, forthcoming in 2023). He is the editor of Palgrave Studies of Intermediality book series.

JULIAN HANICH, Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. His research focuses on film aesthetics, cinematic emotions, film and imagination, film phenomenology, and the collective cinema experience. He is the author of the monographs: The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers: The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear (Routledge, 2012) and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau: City Girl (Edition Text+Kritik, 2022). He co-edited The Structures of the Film Experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier: Historical Assessments and Phenomenological Expansions (with Daniel Fairfax, Amsterdam University Press, 2019), a special issue of Studia Phaenomenologica on ‘Film and Phenomenology’ (with Christian Ferencz-Flatz, 2016), What Film Is Good For: On the Values of Spectatorship (with Martin Rossouw, University of California Press, forthcoming).

LAURA RASCAROLI, Professor in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests span European and world cinemas, experimental nonfiction and the essay film, artist film and the post-medium moving image, space in film, and the politics of form. She is the author of the monographs: How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009); co-author of: Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006), The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries (Wallflower, 2004), From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities European Cinema (I. B. Tauris, 2003) written in collaboration with Ewa Mazierska. She edited collections of essays including: Theorizing Film through Contemporary Art: Expanding Cinema (with Jill Murphy, Amsterdam UP, 2020), Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web (with Gwenda Young and Barry Monahan, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (with John David Rhodes, British Film Institute, 2011). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

We plan this as a stimulating and mainly in-person event, therefore we encourage you to come and join us in the debates “in real life”. Nevertheless, in case you cannot come, we will accept a limited number (up to 20%) of online presentations that we can include in hybrid panels (i.e. there will be no panels with only online presentations).

The official language of the conference is English. The time for presentations is 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute debate.

Participation fee (which includes coffee, fruit & snacks in the coffee breaks, conference dinner):

  • 120 EUR regular fee,
  • 80 EUR reduced fee for: PhD students, participants from Eastern European countries, online presenters.

Details about payment method to be communicated after the notification of acceptance.

We plan to publish a selection of papers based on the presentations in an edited volume entitled Affective Intermediality at a prestigious international academic publishing house as well as in a special issue of our international, peer-reviewed journal (Acta Universitatis Sapientiae. Film & Media Studies) indexed in several international databases (e.g. Web of Science Core Collection: Emerging Sources Citation Index, ERIH Plus).

Submission of proposals:

We accept proposals for individual presentations and especially welcome proposals of panels presenting the work of a research project/centre or friendly group (consisting of 3 papers).

Please send your proposals by filling in one of these forms:

SUBMISSION FORM (individual proposal),

SUBMISSION FORM (panel proposal).
Please note that we will not accept panels consisting of online presentations only, each panel needs to have at least two in-person presenters.

Deadline: 10 July 2023. We will notify you about our decisions regarding the proposals by: 17 July 2023. (Feel free to request an earlier reply if you submit earlier than the final deadline and need it in order to apply for funding at your university.)

In case you have any additional questions, contact us

Conference committee: Ágnes Pethő (conference convenor, PI of the research project), Melinda Blos-Jáni, Hajnal Király, Judit Pieldner, Katalin Sándor, Kamilla Simor (members).

Travel information:

Cluj-Napoca is connected to major European hubs of air travel. See the list of available flights on the website of Cluj Napoca Airport:
Low-cost flights to Cluj:
The airport is located at only 8 km from the city, so it is easy and fairly cheap to get to the center by taxi or bus.

Recommended possibilities of accommodation:

Here is a list of hotels in the vicinity of the workshop venue, at a maximum distance of 15 minutes' walk.

Hotel Meteor Central ***

Fullton Central Hotel ***

Hotel Transilvania ***

Hotel Confort ***

Hotel Beyfin ****

DoubleTree by Hilton, Hotel Cluj - City Plaza ****

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