NeuroCine seminar - Call for PHD students



PhD students are cordially invited to contribute to the NeuroCine seminar taking place 5-7 May in Tallinn. Its aim is to enhance joint interdisciplinary research endeavours on cinematic storytelling, film viewing, and related first-person experiences.

So far, the focus of the neurocinematic inquiries have mainly been on the observation of the film viewer. However, a range of research questions could also be related to professional filmmaking practitioners such as screenwriters, editors, sound-designers, or cinematographers.

We assume that filmmakers and viewers alike build their experience and sense-making on the same embodied foundation, as their occasional references to “instincts”, or “gut feelings” may suggest. These experiences and actions could be likewise addressed using neurocinematic methods. The question our NeuroCine seminar puts forward is, in what ways could neuroimaging observations of viewer experience be extended to accumulating novel insights on the professional practices?

Accordingly, we encourage presentations concerning film experience of the film professionals and/or film viewers. The theoretical, conceptual and practical approaches to the experiential nature of filmmaking and viewing may draw, for instance, from social and cognitive sciences, psychophysiology, neurosciences, ecological psychology, affective computing, cognitive semantics, aesthetics, or empirical phenomenology. The focus of a submission may also focus on a specific expertise, for example that of the writer, editor, cinematographer, scenographer or sound designer.

The papers may describe, for example 1) subjective experiences, 2) intersubjectively shared experiences; 3) context or content annotation, 4) semantic description; 5) first-person phenomenal description, and/or 6) physiological observation (e.g. neuroimaging, eye-tracking, psychophysiological measures).

Deadline for paper proposals for the Baltic NeuroCine seminar is 28th of March, 2023.

Please send all your submissions to

Neurocine Seminar is part of FilmEU_RIT Pilot activities and a FilmEU Doctus seminar. Upon participation PhD students can receive ECT credits for presentations and full participation.

Note that PhD students from FilmEU consortium universities can apply for travel scholarships; two mobility scholarships per Institution will be awarded. Deadline for applications is April 15th, application for the mobility funding can be submitted here:

Note that your paper proposal may also be accepted to the Baltic Screen Media Review, Special Issue, Guest editors Pia Tikka and Elen Lotman with Maarten Coëgnarts, entitled: Cinematic minds in making – Investigation of subjective and intersubjective experiences of storytelling.

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