Vinzenz Hediger Former Senior Fellow

Vinzenz Hediger
October 2016 - March 2017


Vinzenz Hediger is professor of cinema studies at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. He is a co-founder of NECS ( and the founding editor of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (

Dated from 2017

Fields of research

Cinema Studies

IKKM Research Project

Flat Ontologies and the Technologies of the Natural Image

Taking the writings of French critic and film theorist André Bazin as the point of departure, this project explores cinema as a a medium of what we might call „flat ontologies“, i.e. a medium that systematically and, in eradicates traditional hierarchies of being. Adressing the philosophical importance of his Catholicism, the project argues that with Bazin, we may unterstand cinema as a technology of the natural image, a mechanism for the production of real presence and for the transsubstantiation of the world into the image.

Selected Publications

Essays zur Filmphilosophie (together with C. Voss, L. Engell, O. Fahle, Fink 2015).
Films That Work. Industrial Cinema and the Productivity of Media (Amsterdam UP 2009, with Patrick Vonderau)