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Fiction, Imagination, and Early Cinema

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 FIEC project word cloud

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Project "FIEC" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 172˙800 €
 EC max contribution 172˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2019-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 172˙800.00


 Project objective

'The project investigates two closely interrelated issues: what is the role of imagination in early cinema and what does it mean for a representational work to be fictional? Specifically, it asks what the criteria are according to which we categorize texts as fictional and what counts as proof for reconstructing the experience of historical spectatorship. The project innovatively proposes that the period between 1880 and 1915 provides a unique opportunity for construing how a representational medium becames employed in the production of fictions and the crucial role the discourse on imaginary engagement plays in this process. In other words, the project asks why we engage some films as fictions and other as documentaries despite the fact that they are both based on actuality material – photographs. For instance, why, when watching Méliès’ 1898 The Astronomer’s Dream or the Man in the Moon, do we nowadays regularly say that we are watching an astronomer whose gazing at the moon turns into a series of fantastical mishaps? Why do we engage such a film as a fiction rather than as a documentary of actors performing in front of painted sets? Especially if during the early era, such films were regularly seen as instances of “canned theater”, i.e. as documentaries of theatrical performances. Methodologically, the project is highly unique in its twofold approach. On the one hand, the proposal draws on analytic philosophy to articulate the key concepts informing the inquiry – fiction and imagination. Fiction, crucially, is construed as “any mandated imagining/make-believe' following the work of Kendall Walton. On the other, the project applies the new film history method to late 19th and early 20th century sources such as trade press, catalogues, lectures, and more general discourse on cinema and adjacent cultural practices to determine what place the notions of fiction and imagination played in the production, promotion, exhibition, and reception of early cinema.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mario Slugan
The film narrator and the early American screenwriting manuals
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 1746-0654, DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2019.1623058
Early Popular Visual Culture 2020-03-23
2019 J. Alexander Bareis and Mario Slugan
Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice. Special Issue of Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe
published pages: , ISSN: 2365-7758, DOI: 10.17892/app.2019.0008
Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 8 2020-03-23
2019 Mario Slugan
Theorizing Fiction in Film Non/Fiction: Some Thoughts on Recent German Film Theory
published pages: , ISSN: 2365-7758, DOI: 10.17892/app.2019.0008.161
Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 8 2020-03-23
2019 J. Alexander Bareis and Mario Slugan
Introducing Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice
published pages: , ISSN: 2365-7758, DOI: 10.17892/app.2019.0008.169
Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 8 2020-03-23
2019 Mario Slugan
The Turn-of-the-Century Understanding of ‘Fakes’ in the US and Western Europe
published pages: 718-737, ISSN: 1749-8716, DOI:
Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies 16.1 2020-03-23

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