Remembering Thomas Elsaesser and Peter Wollen




Late in 2019 film studies lost two of its founding members that help define the field as a discipline with their work in the last 50 years. Thomas Elsaesser was one of the founding members of the editorial board of CINEJ Cinema Journal. His contribution to the study of German Cinema, founding of Amsterdam School of Cultural Studies and training of countless PhD students in the field will be a long-lasting legacy for this giant figure of cinema and media studies. Peter Wollen will be remembered for his Signs and Meaning in the Cinema and as the father of structuralism in film studies. Along with his partner Laura Mulvey he will also be remembered as a pioneering experimental media producer.

Author Biography

Murat Akser, University of Ulster

Murat Akser is lecturer in cinematic arts, in the School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster, UK. Between 2006-2013 he has been an associate professor of cinema and media studies, chair of new media department and the founding director of the Cinema and Television MA program at Kadir Has University Istanbul, Turkey. He has his MA in Film and PhD in communication and culture from York University, Canada. He works extensively on political economy of film festivals, film genres and has recently published a book length study of Turkish cinema from Lambert: Green Pine Resurrected: Film Genre, Parody, and Intertextuality in Turkish Cinema. Also an independent filmmaker Dr. Akser has directed short films, music videos and is a member of International Cinematographers Guild and Academy of Canadian Film and Television.


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How to Cite

Akser, M. (2020). Remembering Thomas Elsaesser and Peter Wollen. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 8(1), 1–13.