Marking the 120th anniversary of Sergei Eisenstein’s birth, the international symposium Eisenstein for the Twenty-first Century, Prato, Italy, June 21-22, 2018 will examine the legacy of the revolutionary Russian director and film theorist and his continuing relevance to contemporary screen studies. Over the last two decades, our understanding of Eisenstein’s oeuvre and aims has been reshaped by publications and translations of his previously unpublished major theoretical writings (Metod, Musei Kino, 2002; Notes for a General History of Cinema, Amsterdam University Press, 2016; The Primal Phenomenon: Art, Potemkin Press, 2017), while critical engagement with his creative work has been expanded through exhibitions of his drawings and unfinished film projects. New archival research has demonstrated the extent of Eisenstein’s interdisciplinary work and his informal networks of collaborations with artists and scholars from around the world.

This symposium, supported by the Australian Research Council and the Arts Faculty and School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, offers scholars a forum in which to assess and chart new directions for research on Eisenstein’s heritage in the light of the current theoretical challenges and technological advances in film studies.

The symposium program will include: a round-table with Naum Kleiman (Moscow); keynote papers by Professor Ian Christie (London), Professor Joan Neuberger (Austin), Professor Antonio Somaini (Paris); and an audio-visual presentation by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López  (Vilassar de Mar).


The organisers invite proposals for papers and audio-visual presentations that explore Eisenstein’s work from any of the following perspectives:


New publications and translations of Eisenstein’s texts

New perspectives on Eisenstein’s films

Eisenstein and the visual arts

Eisenstein, philosophy and politics

Eisenstein’s writings and media archaeology

Eisenstein’s legacy and new approaches to montage

Eisenstein, cinema and the brain: affect, cognition, embodied perception

Gender and sexuality in Eisenstein’s writings, films and drawings

Einstein’s theory-and-practice and intermediality

Eisenstein, new media and the rise of the audio-visual essay

Mythologizing Eisenstein: Eisenstein as a subject of biopics

Eisenstein’s circle: formal and informal networks of collaborations


Please send an abstract of 200-250 words with a brief biographical note (150 words) to the symposium convenor, Dr. Julia Vassilieva (, by the 1st of January, 2018.


Prato is close to several of Europe’s most significant cities and esteemed institutions – thirty minutes from Florence and the European University Institute in Fiesole, one hour from Bologna – home to Europe’s oldest university, two hours from Rome, and three hours from Milan. La Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna traditionally runs “Il Cinema Ritrovato” festival in the last week of June. For more information on Monash University Prato Centre please see: