Opendata, web and dolomites


Fiction, Imagination, and Early Cinema

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 FIEC project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the FIEC project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "FIEC" about.

plays    engage    articulate    instances    performances    sets    texts    front    mandated    canned    becames    actors    philosophy    press    history    engagement    closely    films    crucially    fictions    analytic    counts    asks    li    turns    era    applies    say    sources    catalogues    words    inquiry    representational    played    imagination    19th    astronomer    painted    period    categorize    medium    watching    documentaries    twofold    mishaps    photographs    actuality    draws    nowadays    promotion    century    eacute    1880    moon    discourse    egrave    proof    fiction    man    fantastical    film    exhibition    reception    theater    fact    interrelated       proposes    theatrical    adjacent    dream    place    material    historical    walton    practices    gazing    informing    documentary    cinema    imaginary    imagining    mean    20th    reconstructing    construing    1898    performing    spectatorship    opportunity    criteria    fictional    construed    employed    provides    instance    notions    cultural    series    kendall    investigates    innovatively    lectures    trade    despite    1915    methodologically    believe   

Project "FIEC" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 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

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "FIEC" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "FIEC" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

Drought (2020)

Drought coping strategies in southern Africa 1966-2016

Read More  

INTERGLP1 (2020)

Dissecting GLP-1 receptor internalization pathways using genetic and pharmacological tools

Read More  

MAREITA (2018)

Mapping Remediation in Italian Literature Beyond the Digital Revolution

Read More