After the Archive

Symposium as part of the festival Archival Assembly #1

The symposium After the Archive brings together international scholars, archivists, curators, artists, and students to discuss relevant topics related to archiving, curating, and the presentation of film culture, with the aim of bridging theories and practices and building networks across diverse cultural and educational institutions. 


9.30am–9.45am INTRODUCTION with Sonia Campanini (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst) 

9.45am–10am GREETING: Andreas Görgen (Director General for Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office) 

10.15am–11.45am TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DECOLONIAL STRATEGIES IN FILM CULTURE INSTITUTIONS with June Givanni (Pan African Cinema Archive), Giovanna Fossati (Eye Filmmuseum, University of Amsterdam), Erica Carter (King’s College London), Tom Rice (University of St Andrews), Brigitta Kuster (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Rebecca Ohene-Asah (National Film and Television Institute Accra, Ghana), moderation: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus 

11.45am–12.45pm TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DECOLONIAL STRATEGIES IN FILM CULTURE INSTITUTIONS – PROJECT “FILM CULTURE AND ARCHIVAL STUDIES” MASTER’S PROGRAM (UNIVERSITY OF JOS AND NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION) with Chidia Maduekwe (Nigerian Film Corporation), Jeremiah Methuselah (National Film Institute, Nigeria), Tanko Ishaya (University of Jos), Nancy King (University of Jos), Didi Cheeka (Lagos Film Society), Ellen Harrington (DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, moderation: Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-Universität)

2pm–3.30pm WHAT DO WE TRAIN FOR? FUTURE ROLES IN FILM ARCHIVING AND CURATING with Ellen Harrington, Michael Loebenstein (Österreichisches Filmmuseum), Nancy King, Juana Suárez (New York University), Pablo La Parra Pérez (Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola), Simone Venturini (Università degli Studi di Udine), moderation: Sonia Campanini 

3.45pm–5.15pm FILM CURATORSHIP BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE with Janet McCabe (Birkbeck University of London), Marc-André Schmachtel (Goethe- Institut), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Madhusree Dutta (Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln), Aboubakar Sanogo (Carleton University, African Film Festival of Ottawa), Jihan El-Tahri (Dox Box), moderation: Erica Carter

Admission is free, please register at
The symposium will also be live-streamed via Arsenal's YouTube channel.

Archival Assembly #1
September 1-8, 2021
Arsenal Cinema, silent green Kulturquartier, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), SAVVY Contemporary, Sinema Transtopia

Archival Assembly #1 marks the conclusion of the five-year project Archive außer sich. Arsenal is also planning Archival Assembly #1 as the first edition of a biennial festival that regards archival work - like cinema - as an artistic, social and political practice. Four intertwined parts form the festival’s contours. At Arsenal Cinema and in the HKW’s Westgarten there are daily film screenings, presentations of restorations and other projects. SAVVY Contemporary will host the exhibition How to find meaning in dead time, curated by Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis (26.8.–12.9.), while two symposia complete the program: After the Archive (in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt) in the Kuppelhalle at silent green, and The Right to a Public II at the Filmhaus. In addition, every morning in the Kuppelhalle at silent green and in Sinema Transtopia there will be presentations on precarious archival projects under the title Found Futures, organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, with the goal of networking and mutual support. This will also be the context for a discussion of the collectively produced paper “Call for Action and Reflection on Decolonising Film Archives”.