Project at Pordenone

Our project is represented at the Giornate del Cinema Muto at Pordenone. Anna Windisch is part of the Collegium. At Friday, October 6th, the special issue of Immagine will be presented at the festival’s book fair. The issue includes articles by Windisch and principle investigator Claus Tieber.IMG_1218.jpg


Two articles published in special issue on Silent Cinema and Song



The journal of the Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema (AIRSC), Immagine, just published a special issue about silent cinema and song. The peer-reviewed journal includes the articles “Silent Singing. Diegetic Songs in Austrian Silent Cinema” by principal investigator Claus Tieber and “‘… anything but a film!’ Vocal Music in Viennese Lecture Films of the 1920s” by project assistant Anna K. Windisch.

Project to present international panel at SCMS conference, Chicago March 2017

At the upcoming conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) to be held in Chicago, principal investigator Claus Tieber and project assistant Anna K. Windisch will collaborate in a panel together with renowned scholars Martin M. Marks (MIT) and James Buhler (University of Texas at Austin), chaired by Julie Hubbert (University of South Carolina).

The panel entitled “Rethinking Silent Cinema Sound’ was organized by the project on the Austrian Music Film and will be presented on 24 March from 9 to 10.45 am in session K4.

Click here for program details:

CFP “When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television” University of Salzburg, March 8-10, 2018

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference “When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television”, to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on March 8 – 10, 2018. The conference is organized by the FWF project “The Austrian Music Film, 1912-1933” in collaboration with the Department for Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg and the Kiel Society for Film Music Research.

Download the cfp here: cfp-salzburg_2018.

FWF Research Project “Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (1907–1930)”

Principal Investigator Dr. Francesco Finocchiaro and Project Assistant Henriette Engelke recently embarked on a FWF-funded research project to investigate the problem of film music during the silent era in light of contemporary film music criticism.

The project examines historical evidence of a debate which deals with aesthetic, theoretical, and compositional issues of music in cinema during the so-called silent period.

For more information, see the project website: