Film and History: Towards a General Ontology

Author(s): Paalman, Floris

In order to bridge the gap between history and film history as academic disciplines, for both fields to benefit from it, scholars need to draw a theory of the function and position of film in society and develop a general ontology of cinema. A fruitful prospect for such a revisionist endeavour can be found in the emergence of world cinema history that over the last decade has developed as a field in which the social function of cinema is being related to issues of representation while taking economic conditions of production and consumption into account.

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Paalman, Floris: Film and History: Towards a General Ontology. In: Research in Film and History, Jg. (2021-01-28), Nr. 3, S. 1-41. DOI:
 author = {Paalman, Floris},
 title = {Film and History: Towards a General Ontology},
 year = 2021-01-28,
 doi = "\url{}",
 address = {Bremen},
 journal = {Research in Film and History},
 number = 3,
 pages = {1--41},
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