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International Screen Studies Conference 2021

We are excited to have virtual presence at the International Screen Studies Conference 2021 June 25-27. Please stop by our virtual booth and explore our offerings, below.

To celebrate the Screen Studies Conference, we are offering a 35% discount on all Film and Television Studies titles through the end of July 2021. Use discount code SCREEN21 on print and eBooks ordered through our website. In addition, we are offering FREE ACCESS to our core film journals; scroll down for details.

Although we cannot meet you in person this year, we are offering many ways to connect. If you are interested in learning more about Berghahn's publishing program or have a project to discuss, please contact our editor Amanda Horn ( to arrange for a virtual meeting.

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Featured Titles

Sensitive Subjects

The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

Peter Lilienthal

A Cinema of Exile and Resistance

Persistently Postwar

Media and the Politics of Memory in Japan

Modern Lusts

Ernest Borneman: Jazz Critic, Filmmaker, Sexologist

In Fading Light

The Films of the Amber Collective

Fame Amid the Ruins

Italian Film Stardom in the Age of Neorealism

A Dramatic Reinvention

German Television and Moral Renewal after National Socialism, 1956–1970

New & Recent Paperbacks

Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema

Sofia Coppola

The Politics of Visual Pleasure

Political Fellini

Journey to the End of Italy

Polish Cinema

A History

Organic Cinema

Film, Architecture, and the Work of Béla Tarr

New Hong Kong Cinema

Transitions to Becoming Chinese in 21st-Century East Asia

Marxism and Film Activism

Screening Alternative Worlds

Mad Mädchen

Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film

German Television

Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

French Film in Britain

Sex, Art and Cinephilia

Emotions, Ethics, and Cinematic Experience

New Phenomenological and Cognitivist Perspectives

Cinemas of Boyhood

Masculinity, Sexuality, Nationality

Boro, L'Île d'Amour

The Films of Walerian Borowczyk

Books for Courses

Berghahn Books offers resources for both remote and in-person teaching situations and provides practical and inexpensive ways to access our eBook library. Learn more here.

Featured Open Access Titles in Film

Berghahn Books supports practical open access policies that help make scholarship available to a broader audience in a sustainable way. We have a growing number of Open Access texts (many offered in both ePub and pdf format) available for direct download from our website. View the complete list of OA eBooks here.

Lessons in Perception

The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist

Transactions with the World

Ecocriticism and the Environmental Sensibility of New Hollywood

From Self-fulfilment to Survival of the Fittest

Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present

A Foreign Affair

Billy Wilder's American Films

Berghahn Film Journals

Featured Journals

Use promo code Screen21 to our core film studies journals until July 4, 2021.
View redemption details.


The Journal for Movies and Mind

Published in association with The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image

Screen Bodies

The Journal of Embodiment, Media Arts, and Technology

Special Issues and Featured Articles

Receive free access to these featured articles and special issues until July 4, 2021.

Boyhood Studies

Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society

Girlhood Studies


Salon B

Salon B is an aural gathering of scholars across disciplines, hosted by Berghahn Books—an award-winning academic press.

Episode 2: Youth

The study of youth transcends traditional disciplinary bounds. On this episode of Salon B, we discuss the reshaping of social relations among young males in post-Socialist Kyrgyzstan, the reinforcement of ideology through East German comic books, and how boyhood is represented in contemporary film. Guests of the salon include Timothy Shary (author of Cinemas of Boyhood), Philipp Schröder (author of Bishkek Boys), Sean Eedy (author of Four-Color Communism), and the editors of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Episode 5: Transmissions

This month’s theme, appropriately enough, is transmission. We consider transmission in its many forms, from television transcending boundaries between West and East Germany, to the passing on of Aboriginal ceremonies in Australia. History speaks to us through the words of an Irish poet, and we look towards the future with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

From the Blog

Fascism and Film

Fascism Affect in 300

Excerpted from Carl Plantinga’s “Fascist Affect in 300,” in Projections 13(2), 20-37.

The word “fascist” appears all too frequently in today’s political climate. It is often used loosely, so one had better take care when using the term. And yet in relation to the epic action film 300 (2007), the word fits well. Adapted from the 1998 comic series created by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, 300 tells the story of 300 courageous Spartan soldiers who, led by their ferocious King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), valiantly battle the threatening Persian army of 300,000 men until, after being betrayed by a hunchbacked Spartan outcast, they all are slaughtered. Their defeat, however, alerts the rest of the Greeks to the significance of the Persian threat, and promises future victory as the entire Greek nation rises up to battle the Persians. The story is loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae during the Persian Wars of the fifth century BCE. Read more...

Editors’ Picks

Recommended Reading from the Berghahn Editorial Team

East German Cinema
Philosophy of Film


Meet the Author

Stewart Anderson

Stewart Anderson is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University and holds a doctorate from SUNY Binghamton. He is the author of A Dramatic Reinvention: German Television and Moral Renewal after National Socialism, 1956–1970, new from Berghahn Books. In addition, he is the co-editor of Modernization, Nation-Building, and Television History (Routledge 2014).


The 75th anniversary of the founding of the East German film studio DEFA

Elizabeth Ward

On 17 May 1946, the Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA) was officially founded. Over the course of the following four decades, the studio produced nearly 700 feature films, as well as hundred of animation and documentary films. By the time it was finally privatised and sold following German reunification, DEFA was one of Europe’s largest film studios.