Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture

Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture

The Bolex camera, 16mm reversal film stocks, commercial film laboratories, and low-budget optical printers were the small-gauge media technologies that provided the infrastructure for experimental filmmaking at the height of its cultural impact. “Technology and the Making of Experimental Film Culture” examines how the avant-garde embraced these material resources and invested them with meanings and values adjacent to those of semiprofessional film culture.
Disenchanting the Caliphate

Disenchanting the Caliphate

The Secular Discipline of Power in Abbasid Political Thought

The political thought of Muslim societies is all too often defined in religious terms, in which the writings of clerics are seen as representative and ideas about governance are treated as an extension of commentary on sacred texts. “Disenchanting the Caliphate” offers a groundbreaking new account of political discourse in Islamic history by examining Abbasid imperial practice, illuminating the emergence and influence of a vibrant secular tradition.
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