Amsterdam University Press

Book Launch & Discussion: Special Effects and German Silent Film

woensdag 16 juni 2021 - 17:00

Loew book launch invite

Special effects have not only shaped the look of iconic films, but have paved the way for film art. This book launch and discussion will celebrate the publication of Katharina Loew’s Special Effects and German Silent Film: Techno-Romantic Cinema, “an original, deeply-researched approach to the fascination produced by German silent cinema,” (Janet Bergstrom).

Join Katharina Loew (University of Massachusetts Boston) in conversation with Ariel Rogers (Northwestern University), moderated by Sarah Keller (University of Massachusetts Boston), as they discuss new ideas in studying special effects in cinema studies, particularly Loew’s fascinating examination of special effects as the embodiment of a “techno-romantic” paradigm that seeks to harness technology – the epitome of modern materialism – as a means for accessing a spiritual realm.


Katharina Loew is Assistant Professor of German and Cinema Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Ariel Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.

Sarah Keller (moderator) is Associate Professor of Art and Cinema Studies, College of Liberal Arts, at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Free to register

This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 16th June 2021 11.00 am (EST) / 5.00 pm (CET).

Registration (free) is required. Register for this event here:

Attendees who sign-up for the event will receive details about a 50% discount for the book.

If you have any questions, please contact Lucia Dove (

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