Academic journal article Framework

Editorial

Academic journal article Framework

Editorial

Article excerpt

In the dossier that opens Framework 60.1, New Materialities and More: A Selection of Essays, we have republished some vital Thomas Elsaesser essays that have been out of print or not easily accessible for some time. In March 2008, on receiving the Society of Cinema and Media Studies' Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Elsaesser remarked that his career was one that had been forwarded by "productive misunderstandings," a route in which new ways of looking at a given subject emerged in constant and unexpected, even, at first, seemingly erroneous ways. Nevertheless, these proved to be serendipitous and eye-opening. His career has also been notable for the numerous publications, reprints, and translations of his work across a wide range of publishers. This scope has allowed readers to participate in their own "productive misunderstandings" as each iteration of work such as Elsaesser's, which reflects so conscientiously on culture, allows any of us to reform, re-access, rethink, and, in so doing, to establish new thoughts, not only about a given subject but in creating paths that open new ways of thinking about a subject and how to work on it. …

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