Antonio Somaini

Antonio Somaini is Professor in Film, Media, and Visual Culture Theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. In 2013, he was a fellow at the ZfL (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung) in Berlin, and in 2014-15 Senior Fellow at the IKKM (International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy) in Weimar. His research deals on the one hand with the film, media and montage theories of the 1920s and 1930s (Béla Balázs, Walter Benjamin, Sergei M. Eisestein, Siegfried Kracauer, László Moholy-Nagy, Dziga Vertov), and on the other with the history of the concept of “medium.” He is the author of two books (Visual Culture: Images, Gazes, Media, Dispositives, published in Italian in 2016, and Eisenstein. Cinema, Art History, Montage, published in Italian in 2011, English translation forthcoming in 2017) and the editor of editions in Italian, French, and English of writings by Walter Benjamin, Sergei Eisenstein, László Moholy-Nagy, and Dziga Vertov). Together with Naum Kleiman, he has edited the English edition of Eisenstein’s Notes for a General History of Cinema (Amsterdam UP 2016).

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