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FILM STUDIES Early Film Theories in Italy 1896-1922 Modern Ghost Melodramas Cinema and Narrative Complexity Film Museum Practice and Film Historiography
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MEDIA STUDIES Images of Occupation in Dutch Film Hungarian Film 1929-1947 Reframing Luchino Visconti The Player's Power to Change the Game Remediating McLuhan Memory in Motion Unpopular Culture World Building Making European Cult Cinema Fanfiction and the Author Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics Open Data and the Knowledge Society The Datafied Society Idolizing Authorship The Art of Ethics in the Information Society The Spell of Capital MEDIA STUDIES/PERFORMING ARTS
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F I L M T H E O R Y I N M E D I A H I S TO R Y This ser ies explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of the study of film through tex ts by classical authors as well as anthologies
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EARLY FILM THEORIES IN ITALY 1896-1922 EDITED BY FRANCESCO CASETTI WITH SILVIO ALOVISIO AND LUCA MAZZEI
and monographs on k e y issues and de velopments in film theor y.
Edited by Francesco Casetti, Silvio Alvisio and Luca Mazzei
Early Film Theories in Italy, 1896-1922 The Little Magic Machine This collection is the first to bring together scholars to explore the ways in which various people and groups in Italian society reacted to the advent of cinema. Looking at the responses of writers, scholars, clergymen, psychologists, philosophers, members of parliament, and more, the pieces collected here from that period show how Italians developed a common language to describe and discuss this invention that quickly exceeded all expectations and transcended existing categories of thought and
artistic forms. The result is a close-up picture of a culture in transition, dealing with a ‘scandalous’ new technology that appeared poised to thoroughly change everyday life. Francesco Casetti is professor of film and media studies at Yale University. Silvio Alovisio is assistant professor of film at the University of Torino. Luca Mazzei is assistant professor of film at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’.
FILM THEORY IN MEDIA HISTORY March ISBN 978 90 8964 855 6 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 710 6 PB, 156 x 234 mm 512 pages €59.95 / £48.50
F I L M C U LT U R E I N T R A N S I T I O N This ser ies is committed to a pluralit y of approaches to film and to initiating infor med debate on ne w technologies, their histor ies and the ne w for ms of creativit y transfor ming cultural life. The books also feature innovative studies on film authors and the vital issues in the politics of the image.
Modern Ghost Melodramas 'What Lies Beneath' The popular and critical successes of films like The Sixth Sense and The Ring film and its sequels in the late 1990s led to an impressive international explosion of scary films dealing with ghosts. This book takes a close look at a number of those films from different countries, including the United States, Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Great Britain. Making a crucial distinction between these atmospheric films and conventional horror, Michael Walker
argues that they are most productively seen as ghost melodramas, which opens them up to a powerful range of analytic tools from the study of melodrama, including, crucially, psychoanalysis. Michael Walker is a London based independent writer and the author of Hitchcock’s Motifs.
FILM CULTURE IN TRANSITION February ISBN 978 94 6298 016 7 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 934 6 HB, 156 x 234 mm 544 pages, 48 colour illustrations €119.00 / £96.00
Cinema and Narrative Complexity Embodying the Fabula
Cinema and Narrative
Complexity embodying the fabula steffen hven
FILM CULTURE IN TRANSITION February ISBN 978 94 6298 077 8 e-ISBN 978 90 4853 025 0 HB, 156 x 234 mm 264 pages, 3 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
Since the mid-1990s, a number of films from international filmmakers have experimented with increasingly complicated narrative strategies ‒ including such hits as Run, Lola, Run, 21 Grams, and Memento. This book sets those films and others in context with earlier works that tried new narrative approaches, including Stage Fright and Hiroshima, Mon Amour, to show how they reveal the limitations of most of our usual tools for analysing film. In light of that, Steffen Hven argues for the deployment of an ‘embodied’ reconfiguration of the cinematic experience, one that allows us to rethink such core constituents of narrative understanding as cognition, emotion, and affect.
Steffen Hven is a doctoral student at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
FRAMING FILM This ser ies consists of theoretical and analytic studies concer ning restoration, collec tion, archival and exhibition prac tices, in line with the existing archive of E YE Filmmuseum.
Film Museum Practice and Film Historiography The Case of the Nederland Filmmuseum (1946-2000)
FRAMING FILM May ISBN 978 90 8964 826 6 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 674 1 HB, 156 x 234 mm 245 pages, 50 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
Rich in detail, this is a study of the interrelationships between film historical discourse and archival practices. Exploring the history of several important collections from the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam, Bregt Lameris shows how archival films and collections always carry the historical traces of selection policies, restoration philosophies, and exhibition strategies. The result is a compelling argument that film archives can never be viewed simply as innocent or neutral sources of film history.
Bregt Lameris is a post-doc at the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Images of Occupation in Dutch Film Memory, Myth, and the Cultural Legacy of War The German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II left a lasting mark on Dutch memory and culture. This book is the first to explore depictions of that period in films made a generation later, between 1962 and 1986. As Dutch public opinion towards the war altered over the postwar decades, the historical trajectory of Dutch recovery and reconstruction ‒ political, economic, and, most complicated of all, psychological ‒ came to be revealed, often unconsciously, in the films of the period. Wendy Burke is a teaching fellow in culture and media at King’s College London.
FRAMING FILM April ISBN 978 90 8964 854 9 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 709 0 HB, 156 x 234 mm 196 pages, 15 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
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E A S T E R N E U R O P E A N S C R E E N C U LT U R E S This ser ies publishes cr itical studies on the screen cultures that have mar k ed the socialist and post-socialist spaces in Europe. I t aims to unveil cur re nt phenomena and untold histor ies from this region to
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account for their specificit y and integrate them into a wider conception of European and wor ld cinema.
Hungarian Film 1929-1947 National identity, anti-Semitism and popular cinema
Hungarian Film 1929–1947 National Identity, Anti-Semitism and Popular Cinema EASTERN EUROPEAN SCREEN CULTURES April ISBN 978 94 6298 076 1 e-ISBN 978 90 4853 024 3 HB, 156 x 234 mm 360 pages, 30 b/w illustrations €99.00 / £80.00
What does it mean for someone or something to be Hungarian? People in Hungary grappled with this far-reaching question in the wake of the losses and transformation brought by World War I. Because the period also saw the rise of cinema, audiences, filmmakers, critics, and officials often looked at films with an eye to that question, too. Did the Hungary seen on screen represent the Hungary they knew from everyday life? And ‒ crucially ‒ did the major role played by Jewish Hungarians in the film industry make the sector and its creations somehow Jewish rather than Hungarian? Jews,
it was soon decided, could not really be Hungarian, and acts of Parliament soon barred them from taking major roles in cinema production. This book tells the troubled story of that period in Hungarian cinematic history, taking it up through World War II. Gábor Gergely is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Manchester.
Reframing Luchino Visconti
FILM AND ART
April ISBN 978 94 6298 053 2 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 992 6 HB, 156 x 234 mm 390 pages, 30 colour illustrations, 70 b/w illustrations €99.00 / £80.00
Reframing Luchino Visconti Film and Art In this book, Ivo Blom offers unique insights into the visual vocabulary of Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti (1906–76), whose cinematic masterpieces include canonical works like Obsession, The Earth Trembles, and The Leopard. Meticulously examining Visconti’s use of European art in his set and costume design, Reframing Luchino Visconti also investigates his cinematography in terms of staging, framing, and mirroring, among other aspects, offering valuable contextualisation for the optical splendour in Visconti’s films and revealing their close ties to the other visual arts.
Ivo Blom is a lecturer Comparative Arts and Media Studies, VU University, Amsterdam.
M E D I A M AT T E R S M ediaM atters is a ser ies on media matters
cur rent debates about media technology and prac tices. I nter national scholars cr itically
The Player’s Power to Change the Game
analyse and theor ize the mater ialit y and per for mativit y, as well as spatial prac tices of 'old' and 'ne w' media in contr ibutions that engage with today's digital media culture.
The Player’s Power to Change the Game Ludic Mutation In recent decades, what could be considered a gamification of the world has occurred, as the ties between games and activism, games and war, and games and the city grow ever stronger. In this book, Anne-Marie Schleiner explores a concept she calls ‘ludic mutation’, a transformative process in which the player, who is expected to engage in the preprogramed interactions of the game and accept its imposed subjective constraints, seizes back some of the power otherwise lost to the game itself. Crucially, this power grab is also relevant beyond the game because players then see the external world as material to be reconfigured, an approach with important ramifications for everything from social activism to contemporary warfare.
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Anne-Marie Schleiner is an artist, designer and instructor of communications and new media at the National University of Singapore.
MEDIAMATTERS April ISBN 978 90 8964 772 6 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 564 5 PB, 156 x 234 mm 172 pages, 11 colour illustrations, 3 b/w illustrations, 1 line art €29.95 / £24.50
RECURSIONS This ser ies provides a platfor m for cutting- edge research in the field of media culture studies, with a par ticular focus on the cultural impac t of media technology and the mater ialities of communication.
Remediating McLuhan RECURSIONS January ISBN 978 90 8964 950 8 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 848 6 HB, 156 x 234 mm 202 pages, 3 colour illustrations, 3 b/w illustrations, 2 line art €79.00 / £64.00
While current scholarly interest has assured Marshall McLuhan’s (1911–80) foundational status as a media theorist, much room still exists for further exploration of his writings, which have taken on additional layers of significance in our contemporary digital moment. Holding that media were extensions of the human, McLuhan also posited that the human was a product of technology. Ranging across fields as diverse as art history, biotechnology, and beyond, this collection of essays considers McLuhan’s groundbreaking approach within a number of new contexts and explores the distinguishing features of his media theory.
Richard Cavell is professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography.
Edited by Ina Blom, Trond Lundemo, and Eivind Røssaak
Memory in Motion Archives, Technology and the Social
RECURSIONS January ISBN 978 94 6298 053 2 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 992 6 HB, 156 x 234 mm 390 pages, 30 colour illustrations, 70 b/w illustrations €99.00 / £80.00
Sociology has long had approaches to describing the ways in which social memory is enacted through ritual, language, art, architecture, and institutions ‒ phenomena whose persistence over time and capacity for a shared storage of the past was set in contrast to fleeting individual memory. But the question of how new media changes that equation is very much up in the air: How, in the age of digital computing, instant updating, and interconnection in real time, is social memory created and enacted? This collection offers a set of essays that discuss the new technology of memory from a variety of perspectives that explicitly investigate their impact on the very concept of the social.
Ina Blom is professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art, and Ideas at the University of Oslo. Trond Lundemo is associate professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University. Eivind Røssaak is associate professor in the Research Department at the National Library of Norway.
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T E L E V I S UA L C U LT U R E R ather than accept the nar rative of tele vision's obsolescence, the ser ies aims at ser iously analysing both the contemporar y specificit y of the tele visual and the challenges thrown up by ne w de velopments in technology and theor y in an age where digitalization and convergence are redrawing the boundar ies of media.
Edited by Martin Lüthe and Sascha Pöhlmann
Unpopular Culture This volume introduces a new concept that boldly breaks through the traditional dichotomy of high and low culture while offering a fresh approach to both: unpopular culture. From the works of David Foster Wallace and Ernest Hemingway to fanfiction and The Simpsons, from natural disasters to 9/11 and beyond, the essays find the unpopular across media and genres, analysing the politics and aesthetics of a side to culture that has been overlooked by previous theories and methods in cultural studies.
Martin Lüthe is associate professor of North American cultural studies with the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin. Sascha Pöhlmann is associate professor of American literary history at the LudwigMaximilians-Universität München.
TELEVISUAL CULTURE January ISBN 978 90 8964 966 9 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 870 7 HB, 156 x 234 mm 340 pages, 1 line art €89.00 / £70.00
TRANSMEDIA This ne w book ser ies provides a platfor m for cutting- edge research in the field of media studies, with a strong focus on the impac t of digitization, globalization, and fan culture.
Edited by Marta Boni
World Building Transmedia, Fans, Industries Thanks to modern technology, we are now living in an age of multiplatform fictional worlds, as television, film, the Internet, graphic novels, toys and more facilitate the creation of diverse yet compact imaginary universes, which are often recognisable as brands and exhibit well-defined identities. This volume, situated at the cutting edge of media theory, explores this phenomenon from both theoreti-
cal and practical perspectives, uncovering how the construction of these worlds influences our own determination of values and meaning in contemporary society. Marta Boni is assistant professor at the Département of Art History and Film Studies at the Université de Montréal.
TRANSMEDIA January ISBN 978 90 8964 756 6 e-ISBN 978 90 485 253 1 HB, 156 x 234 mm 380 pages €99.00 / £80.00
Making European Cult Cinema Fan Enterprise in an Alternative Economy
TRANSMEDIA April ISBN 978 90 8964 993 5 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 906 3 HB, 156 x 234 mm 224 pages, 24 colour illustrations, 8 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
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Fans of cult films don’t just watch the movies they love ‒ they frequently engage with them in other, more creative ways as well. Making European Cult Cinema explores the ways in which that fandom could be understood as an alternative economy of fan enterprise, through a close look at how fans produce and distribute artifacts and commodities related to cult films. Built around interviews and ethnographic observations ‒ and even the author’s own fan enterprise ‒ the book creates an innovative theoretical framework that draws in ideas from cultural studies and political economy to introduce the concept of an ‘alternative economy’ as a way to understand fan productions.
Oliver Carter is a lecturer in media and cultural theory and a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.
Judith M. Fathallah
Fanfiction and the Author How FanFic Changes Popular Cultural Texts
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Fanfiction and the Author How Fanfic Changes Popular Cultural Texts
TRANSMEDIA January ISBN 978 90 8964 995 9 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 908 7 HB, 156 x 234 mm 248 pages, 17 b/w illustrations, 3 line art €79.00 / £64.00
The production, reception and discussion of fanfiction is a major aspect of contemporary global media. Thus far, however, the genre has been subject to relatively little rigorous qualitative or quantitative study ‒ a problem that Judith M. Fathallah remedies here through close analysis of fanfiction related to Sherlock, Supernatural, and Game of Thrones. Her large-scale study of the sites, reception, and fan rejections of fanfic demonstrate how the genre works to legitimate itself through traditional notions of authorship, even as it deconstructs the author figure and contests traditional discourses of authority. Through a process she identifies as the 'legitimation paradox', Fathallah demonstrates how fanfic hooks into and modifies the discourse of authority, and so opens new spaces for writing that challenges the authority of media professionals.
Judith M. Fathallah teaches media and cultural studies at Bangor University in Wales.
Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics We’ve all had the experience of watching a film and feeling like we’ve been in a trance. This book takes that experience seriously, explaining cinema as a cultural technique of trance, one that unconsciously transforms our perceptions. Ute Holl moves from anthropological and experimental cinema through nineteenth-century psychological laboratories, which she shows developed techniques for testing, measuring, and classifying the mind that can be seen as a prehistory of cinema, one that allows us to see the links among cinema, anthropology, psychology, and cybernetics.
Ute Holl is professor of media studies at the University of Basel.
RECURSIONS April ISBN 978 90 8964 668 2 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 348 1 HB, 156 x 234 mm 284 pages, 10 b/w illustrations €99.00 / £80.00
Edited by Bridgette Wessels, Rachel Finn, and Kush Wadhwa
Open Data and the Knowledge Society Jacobsson & Lindblom
Bridgette Wessels is reader in digital sociology at the University of Sheffield. Rachel Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir are senior research analysts at Trilateral Research and Consulting, where Kush Wadhwa is a senior partner.
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While there is a lot of talk about how we now live in a knowledge society, the reality has been less impressive: We have yet to truly transition to a knowledge society ‒ in part, this book argues, because discussion mostly focuses on a knowledge economy and information society rather than on ways to mobilise to create an actual knowledge society. That all may change, however, with the rise of open data and big data. This book considers the role of the open data movement in fostering transformation, showing that at the heart of any successful mobilisation will be an emerging open data ecosystem and new ways for societal actors to effectively produce and use data.
Bridgette Wessels, Rachel Finn, Thordis Sveinsdottir and Kush Wadhwa
Open Data and the Knowledge Society
January ISBN 978 94 6298 018 1 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 936 0 PB, 156 x 234 218 pages, 1 colour illustration, 1 line art €29.95 / £24.50
The Datafied Society Studying Culture through Data
Edited by Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Karin van Es
January ISBN 978 94 6298 136 2 e-ISBN 978 90 4853 101 1 HB, 156 x 234 mm 20 colour illustrations, 9 b/w illustrations, 2 line art €79.00 / £64.00
Edited by Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Karin van Es
The Datafied Society Studying Culture through Data As machine-readable data comes to play an increasingly important role in everyday life, researchers find themselves with rich resources for studying society. The novel methods and tools needed to work with such data require not only new knowledge and skills, but also a new way of thinking about best research practices. This book critically reflects on the role and usefulness of big data, challenging overly optimistic expectations about what such information can reveal, introducing practices and methods for its analysis and visualisation, and raising important political and ethical questions regarding its collection, handling, and presentation.
Mirko Tobias Schäfer is assistant professor for new media and digital culture at the University of Utrecht and the author of Bastard Culture!: How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production. Karin van Es is a lecturer for television and cross-media culture at the University of Amsterdam and the author of The Future of Live.
Edited by Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings
Idolizing Authorship IDOLIZING AUTHORSHIP
LITERARY CELEBRITY AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY, 1800 TO THE PRESENT Edited by Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings
January ISBN 978 90 8964 963 8 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 867 7 HB, 156 x 234 mm 276 pages, 30 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
Literary Celebrity and the Construction of Identity, 1800 to the Present Though these days, our celebrity culture tends to revolve around movie stars and pop musicians, there have been plenty of celebrity authors over the years and around the world. This volume brings together a number of contributors to look at how and why certain writers have attained celebrity throughout history. How were their images as celebrities constructed by themselves and in complicity with their fans? And how did that process and its effects differ from country to country and era to era?
Gaston Franssen is assistant professor of literary culture at the University of Amsterdam. Rick Honings is assistant professor of Dutch studies at Leiden University.
Edited by Liisa Janssens
The Art of Ethics in the Information Society Mind you New technologies are often implemented before their ethical consequences have been fully understood. In this volume, experts working in the sciences, arts, and philosophy of technology share novel perspectives on how we can best identify and navigate the new ethical crossroads emerging in our information society. With an eye toward the future, the contributors present an essential and unique view on the interplay between ethics and modern technology.
Liisa Janssens is an advisor on ethics at the Dutch information-technology organization ECP.
January ISBN 978 94 6298 449 3 e-ISBN 978 90 4853 515 6 PB, 156 x 234 mm 200 pages, 40 colour illustrations €34.95 / £28.50
Johan Hartle and Samir Gandesha
The Spell of Capital
Reification and Spectacle Johan Hartle is assistant professor of the philosophy of art and culture at the University of Amsterdam and adjunct professor of aesthetics at the China Academy of Art. Samir Gandesha is associate professor and director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University.
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This book explores the tradition, impact, and contemporary relevance of two key ideas from Western Marxism: Georg Lukács’s concept of reification, in which social aspects of humanity are viewed in objectified terms, and Guy Debord’s concept of the spectacle, where the world is packaged and presented to consumers in uniquely mediated ways. Bringing the original, yet now often forgotten, theoretical contexts for these terms back to the fore, Johan Hartle and Samir Gandesha offer a new look at the importance of Western Marxism from its early days to the present moment ‒ and reveal why Marxist cultural critique must continue to play a vital role in any serious sociological analysis of contemporary society.
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Edited by Samir Gandesha and Johan F. Hartle
The Spell of Capital Reification and Spectacle
February ISBN 978 90 8964 851 8 e-ISBN 978 90 4852 705 2 HB, 156 x 234 mm 236 pages, 20 b/w illustrations €89.00 / £70.00
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Benjamin and Adorno on Art and Art Criticism D
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March ISBN 978 94 6298 140 9 E-ISBN 978 90 4853 105 9 HB, 156 x 234 mm 373 pages €99.00 / £80.00
Critique of Art This book brings together two of the most important figures of twentieth-century criticism, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, to consider a topic that was central to their thinking: the place of and reason for art in society and culture. Thijs Lijster takes us through points of agreement and disagreement between the two on such key topics as the relationship between art and historical experience, between avant-garde art and mass culture, and between the intellectual and the public. He also addresses the continuing relevance of Benjamin and Adorno to ongoing debates in contemporary aesthetics, such as the end of art, the historical meaning of art, and the role of the critic.
Thijs Lijster teaches philosophy of art at the University of Groningen.
Joshua Edelman, Louise Ejgod Hansen, and Quirijn van den Hoogen The Problem of Theatrical Autonomy Analysing Joshua Edelman Louise Ejgod Hansen Quirijn Lennert van den Hoogen
Theatre as a Social Practice
January ISBN 978 94 6298 079 2 e-ISBN 978 90 4853 027 4 HB, 156 x 234 mm 222 pages, 7 line art €79.00 / £64.00
The Problem of Theatrical Autonomy Analysing Theatre as a Social Practice As any devoted theatregoer will attest, watching a performance is a unique experience, as the social setting, rules, and standards of theatre often combine to create a feeling of liberation from the everyday world. This book explores the phenomenon of theatre as simultaneously distinct from and yet connected to society as a whole. Combining theoretical reflections with materials from European case studies, the authors offer intriguing new methods for the sociological study of theatre while contributing equally to theatre and performance studies.
Joshua Edelman has worked as a research fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London. Louise Ejgod Hansen is a researcher in the Department of Dramaturgy and Musicology at Aarhus University. Quirijn van den Hoogen is a lecturer in arts sociology and arts policy at the University of Groningen.
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FILM THEORY HISTORY
EARLY FILM THEORIES IN ITALY 1896-1922 EDITED BY FRANCESCO CASETTI
WITH SILVIO ALOVISIO AND LUCA MAZZEI
Reframing Luchino Visconti
FILM AND ART
The Player’s Power to Change the Game Ludic Mutation
Ams te rdam Uni ve r sit y Press
N MI jA NO N BE OR AD
Studying Culture through Data
T AR R T ONND A ISM A ITIC CR
The Datafied Society
Edited by Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Karin van Es
AUP Catalogue Spring 2017 Media & Communication