Publications and Events

  • Special issues in journals

Two issues in English-language film and media studies journals with double-blind peer review situate research findings of the project in international contexts:

Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, Nico de Klerk (eds.): The Educational Dispositif, special issue of TMG: Journal for Media History, vol. 26 (2023) no. 1.
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This issue on audio-visual, educational media focuses on their use in schools, universities, popular education or vocational training since the late-19th century. In recent years the growing body of work on the history of audio-visual educational media has intensified methodological efforts to grasp the interplay between institutional policies, screening situations, and the form, style, and content of the media employed in various educational situations. In particular, the (heuristic) concept of the dispositif has proved to be productive, because it allows to map these different elements in a large variety of performative educational situations and their pragmatic interrelations: expectations, requirements, and goals.


– Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, Nico de Klerk, "The Educational Dispositif: a Smaller Abstraction"
– Dulce da Rocha Gonçalves, "The Nutslezing and the lantern: Public lectures with image projection organized by the Maatschappij tot Nut van 't Algemeen in the first decades of the 20th century"
– Katerina Loukopoulou, "Projecting Creative Processes: Art Films and Art Education in Post-war Britain"
– Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, "Through Ice and Snow. Mountain Films as Educational Films in the 1920s and 1930s"
– Anne-Katrin Weber, "Decentring the Broadcasting Dispositif: Educational Closed-Circuits, Military-Industrial Entanglements, and Useful TV"
– Nico de Klerk, "Dismantling the Dispositif: Social Science Experiments in the Classroom"
– Vrääth Öhner, Christian Dewald, "Showing – Becoming Aware – Learning. On the Pedagogical Dispositif of the Kulturfilm"

Katrin Pilz, Joachim Schätz (eds.): Educational Film Practices, special issue of Research in Film and History, vol. 5 (2023) no. 5
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This collection of essays aims to move beyond the state of research into so-called ‘useful cinema’ by engaging with educational film as a prolific historical source and methodological testing ground for writing film history as a historiography of practices. The concept of practice serves here as a mid-level notion in between the scopes of structures and individual acts which highlights the situated, processual and 'non-rationalist' dimensions of media usage and its organisation.


– Katrin Pilz, Joachim Schätz, "Introduction"
– Anja Sattelmacher, "Screening Propaganda: Film Documents of Contemporary History and Educational Practice, circa 1970"
– Vrääth Öhner, "In Defense of Culture: The Vienna Urania and the Cultural Film"
– Jonathan Haid, "The Raw Materials of Celluloid Film: Wartime Economy, Educational Animation, and Film’s Plasticity"
– Christian Dewald, "Wholeness and Nature: School Cinema and Reform Pedagogy"
– Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah, "The Austrian Province as Subject and Space of Action in Educational Film Practices"
– Lena Serov, "The Development of Educational Cinema for Schools in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. From the Cinefication of Schools to the Film Lesson"
– Kerrin von Engelhardt, "Educational Film in East Germany (GDR) in 1950–1990 in Perspective of the 'Grammar of Schooling'"
– Joachim Schätz, "No Instructions, Just Some Advice: Agricultural Film and the Pedagogy of Consulting in 1950s and 1960s Austria"

  • Project conferences

Conference "Educational Film as Practice: Settings, Procedures, Agencies" (June 9–11, 2022, Vienna)


This conference presented findings from the 20th-century history of educational film (school, university or popular education, consultation or vocational training) from the vantage point of film practice. Even more so than many other types of films, educational films were not supposed to be appreciated as self-contained artifacts. Whether in classrooms, lecture halls or makeshift sites of popular education, educational films were often made to be accompanied – by live lectures, slides, booklets, other films or film fragments – and embedded in lesson plans and participatory tasks. This matter of the screening dispositif is one of several ways in which the research of educational film foregrounds the notion of film practice. Another case in point are the specific regulations and institutional networks that structure the use of film in educational settings – specifically films aimed at primary and secondary education – and that negotiate the conditions on which the moving image has been accepted and promoted as a teaching aid. Finally, the concept of practice also highlights matters of agency: Writing about educational film as practice means grasping beyond a history of institutions and incorporating localized DIY efforts and ‘deviant’ uses of films and equipment in education.

Informations and program (link)

Workshop "Lehrfilmpraktiken" (September 17–18, 2021, Vienna)


The topic of the two-day workshop is not educational films, but educational film practices: On the one hand, this refers to the arrangements, framings, and pedagogical processes in which films were 'made' to teach, and on the other hand, to the ways in which films have shaped and modified teaching practices. The discussion among the assembled experts is be based on presentations by the project team and three international guests (Kerrin von Engelhardt, Audrey Hostettler, Anja Sattelmacher), as well as other program elements: a film program and a guided walk to sites of educational film practices in the vicinity of the conference venue.

Informations and program (link)

  • Further publications


Vrääth Öhner, "Montiertes Material: Visual History und Film", in: Gabriele Fröschl, Rainer Hubert, Michael Loebenstein (eds.): Zeithistoriker und Protagonist. Festschrift für Gerhard Jagschitz 1940–2018, Vienna: Lit 2021, p. 119–133. 

Katrin Pilz, "Anatomie – Animation – Audiovision: Medizinische Lehrfilme und die staatlichen Wissenschaftsfilminstitute 1945–1970", in: Wolfgang Schütz, Felicitas Seebacher, Hans-Georg Hofer, Brigit Nemec (eds.): Medizin in Wien nach 1945. Strukturen, Aushandlungsprozesse, Reflexionen, Vienna: Vienna University Press/V & R unipress 2022, p. 213–235. – Double-blind peer reviewed.
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Katrin Pilz, "Hearts and Brains in Motion: Medical Animated Film as a Popular and Controversial Medium for Education and Research", in: Wolfgang Schütz, Katrin Pilz (Hg.): Interactions between Medicine and the Arts. Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift, Supplement, 132. Jg. (2020), S. 52–56.
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Katrin Pilz, "Medicine, Media and the Public. Reassessing the History of Popular Medicine in Belgium 1880–1950", in: Benoît Majerus, Joris Vandendriessche (eds.): Medical Histories of Belgium. New narratives on health, care and citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Manchester: Manchester University Press 2021, p. 320–357. (Co-written with Tinne Claes).
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Katrin Pilz, "Viennese Sex Education Films of the 1920s: Debates on Sexual Health, Popularizing Conventions and Representability of Healthy and Sick Bodies", in: Mario Keller, Johann Kirchknopf, Oliver Kühschelm, Karin Moser, Stefan Ossmann (eds.): Sexuality and Consumption (= Werbung – Konsum – Geschichte / Advertising – Consumption – History), Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2022, p. 149–182. – Double-blind peer reviewed.
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Joachim Schätz, "DIY versus Ditmar 1006: The economics, institutional politics, and media ecology of classroom projectors made in 1950s Austria", in: Nelleke Teughels, Kaat Wils (eds.): Learning with light & shadows. Educational lantern and film projection, 1860-1990, Turnhout: Brepols 2023, p. 197–216. – Double-blind peer reviewed.
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Not yet published:

Christian Dewald, "Anschauung und Denken beim Unterrichtsfilm. Zur pädagogischen Praxis des Sachfilms In der Windmühle, D 1938", in: Jahrbuch für Historische Bildungsforschung, vol. 30 (2024) no. 30 [in process]. – Double-blind peer reviewed.

Joachim Schätz, "Zwecke und Zwillinge. Was die Filmwissenschaft aus Lehr- und Wissenschaftsfilmen lernt", in: TFMJ – Theatre, Film and Media Studies Journal, vol. 1 (2023) no. 3–4 [in review]. – Double-blind peer reviewed.

Marie-Noelle Yazdanpanah, Katrin Pilz, Christian Dewald: "Educational Film Practice in Austria. Showcasing a Digital Educational Film Collection", in: "19th Symposium of School Museums and Collections of Educational History" on "Exploring Collections of Educational History", BBF | Bibliothek für Bildungsgeschichtliche Forschung, Berlin, 28th–30th of June 2023”. online publication (spring 2024).
  • Events

June 28, 2023
Lecture Christian Dewald/Katrin Pilz/Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah: "Educational Film Practice in Austria – Showcasing a Digital Educational Film Collection"
19th Symposium of School Museums and Collections of Educational History (SMCEH 19), DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research on Education and Educational Information, Berlin

June 13–17, 2023
Lecture Katrin Pilz "Between self-help and how-to: reproductive (mental) health and prenatal care on film 1920s-1970s"
Conference "NECS 2023: Care", University of Oslo, Norway

April 23, 2023
Lecture and discussion Joachim Schätz: "Eumig macht das Filmen leicht"
Event series "Treibgut", Austrian Film Museum, Vienna

February 13, 2023
Film program and lecture Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah/Joachim Schätz: "Was wissen Filme, was lehren Filme?"
"Schule im Kino" educational series at the Austrian Film Museum, Vienna [date rescheduled from May 23, 2022]

November 22, 2022
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "Wir sind hier nicht im Kino! Filmgeschichte als Medienökologie am Beispiel Klassenzimmerprojektion"
Lecture series "Fragen stellen, Phänomene eingrenzen, Forschung konzipieren. Methoden der Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft", University of Vienna

November 11, 2022
Lecture Vrääth Öhner/Joachim Schätz: "Zwischen Schulung, Werbung und Beratung. Institutionen und Typen des berufsbildenden Lehrfilms in Österreich 1920-1970"
Workshop "Arbeit filmen. Beruf und Arbeit im Gebrauchs-, Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm",hosted by 3s Research and Consulting

November 11, 2022
Film introduction Vrääth Öhner: "Pflegenotstand im Scheinwerferlicht. Ein Filmabend zur Pflegeausbildung"
Film screening and discussion, Arthousekino, mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

October 12, 2022
Lecture Katrin Pilz "Vom 'orthopädischen Filmzirkus' zur belebten anatomischen Präparation: Wieder-bewegte und wieder-belebte Körper in Wiener medizinischen Filmen des 20. Jahrhunderts"
Event series "Im Dialog: Kunst und Medizin", Josephinum, Medical University of Vienna

September 25, 2022
Film program Christian Dewald/Katrin Pilz: "Zeigen als pädagogische Ur-Geste. Die Praktiken des Lehrfilms"
Event series "Treibgut", Austrian Film Museum, Vienna

June 25, 2022
Panel "Educational film as practice: epistemic settings and procedures" with presentations by Vrääth Öhner/Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah/Joachim Schätz
Conference "NECS 2022: Epistemic Media: Atlas, Archive, Network", National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest

June 23, 2022
Lecture Katrin Pilz "'Archiving Madness'. Neurological Film Archives and the Dilemma of Seeing the Invisible Mentally Ill"
Conference "NECS 2022: Epistemic Media: Atlas, Archive, Network", National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest

February 7 and 14, 2022
Teacher training Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah/Joachim Schätz: "Impulse von gestern, haltbare Fragezeichen? Einsatz von Lehrfilmen im Deutschunterricht der Sekundarstufen 1 und 2"
Advanced training of the University of Teacher Education Vienna

January 13, 2022
Lecture Katrin Pilz/Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah: "Filmische (Geschmacks-)Bildung und (staatspolitische) Erziehung durch Lehr- und Unterrichtsfilme im Austrofaschismus. Zum Projekt 'Praktiken des Lehr- und Unterrichtsfilms in Österreich'"
Event series "Interaktionen" of the Institute of Contemporary History of the University of Vienna

December 16, 2021
Panel "Filmic civics: Revisiting documentary’s pedagogical drive, 1924–1936" with presentations by Vrääth Öhner/Marie-Noëlle Yazdanpanah/Joachim Schätz
Conference "Visible Evidence 2021: Documentary and Democracy in Crisis", Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

October 21, 2021
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "Bringing PR to the classroom: A Short History of the Austrian Film Service"
Conference "Energy Imaginaries: Public Relations and Moving Images", Stockholm University

October 15, 2021
Film program Joachim Schätz: "Wissen für alle! Filme zur Volksbildung"
Event series "Das Rote Wien_REVISITED", Soho Studios, Vienna

September 16, 2021
Workshop talk Katrin Pilz: "Praktiken des Lehr- und Unterrichtsfilms in Österreich – und was die (mündliche) Geschichte der lebenswissenschaftlichen Forschung und Lehre damit zu tun hat..."
International Conference "FoGeL 2021", Society for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology

July 8, 2021
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "'Der Schulmann muss das Gute nehmen, wo er es findet.' Lehrwerte durch Umschnitt in den 1920er und 1930er Jahren"
Lecture series "Highlights der Lehrfilmanalyse. Audiovisuelle Argumentation und Wissenskommunikation", Humboldt University Berlin

May 11, 2021
Film introduction und discussion Katrin Pilz/Christian Bonah: "Invisible Diseases – Invisible Intertitles: comparative screening of two incunabular films in the fight against syphilis/STDs, 1919-1922"
World Knowledge Dialogue Digital Symposium, annual theme "Neverending Infectious Diseases. Life Sciences, Life Cycles and Social-cultural Life 20th-21th Century"

April 22, 2021
Lecture Katrin Pilz: "The water flea – a microcinematographic iconic object entering the national and transnational classroom"
Conference "Sound and Vision: exploring the role of audio and visual technologies in the history of education", KU Leuven

April 22, 2021
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "DIY versus Ditmar 1006: The institutional politics, national economics and media ecology of classroom projectors made in 1950s Austria"
Conference "Sound and Vision: exploring the role of audio and visual technologies in the history of education", KU Leuven

Summer term 2021
Lecture series Katrin Pilz/Julia B. Köhne "Highlights der Lehrfilmanalyse. Audiovisuelle Argumentationen und Wissenskommunikation"
Humboldt University Berlin

November 3, 2020
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "Zwecke & Zwillinge. Was die Filmwissenschaft aus Lehr- und Wissenschaftsfilmen lernt"
Lecture series "Methoden der Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft", University of Vienna

October 17, 2020
VIDEO: Film Program and Lecture Vrääth Öhner: "Rudolf Enter, Film-Animateur"
Home Movie Day 2020, Austrian Film Museum, Vienna

December 10, 2019
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "Formen folgen Funktionen. Forschen zu Gebrauchsfilmen"
Lecture series "Methoden der Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft", University of Vienna

October 12, 2019
Lecture Katrin Pilz: "Animierte Wissenschaft: Die Filmkamera als populäres und umstrittenes Lehr- und Forschungsinstrument in der Medizin"
Conference "Medical Humanities – Interactions between Medicine and the Arts", Medical University of Vienna

October 2, 2019
Lecture Katrin Pilz/Joachim Schätz: "Praktiken des Lehr- und Unterrichtsfilms in Österreich. 3x Methoden nach 3 Monaten"
16th Research Day at tfm | Department for Theatre, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna

September 28, 2019
Lecture Joachim Schätz: "'Aus gleichen Teilen Talg und Terpentinöl'. Lehrfilm als Beziehungsarbeit mit Dingen"
Annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, University of Cologne

July 27, 2016
Lecture Katrin Pilz: "New Health Educators: Film as Public Educational Tool Challenging Concepts of Health and Disease (Medical Film Collections in Austria)"
History of Science Society, Annual Conference Utrecht 2019: "Telling the Stories of Science", Utrecht University