Journal History

During her Heisenberg Fellowship at the University of Regensburg (2009-2015) Natascha Drubek had the idea of founding a journal on Central and Eastern European film, visual cultures and media which would occupy a distinct position in scholarly publishing.

In discussions with her colleagues, Irina Sandomirskaja and Anke Hennig, the idea of the journal was further developed, with the aim of engaging readers all over the world by providing genuinely free access. "Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe" is the realisation of the ambitious goal to create a peer-reviewed open access multilingual journal which would not only recruit a wide range of authors from the region but also attract its readers.

With the initial partner in the project (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) Natascha Drubek applied for the funding which was granted by the section “Wissenschaftliche Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme” of the Deutsche Forschungsmeinschaft) in 2013. The starting garnt period finished in the beginning of 2018.

Design by Rustem Abliakimov (Ukraine).

Vital technical support was provided by Robert Hennig (Zwölf Medien), Božana Bokan (CeDIS; PKP) and John Newby (LShift) – all based in Berlin.

Apparatus uses the Open Journal System and is hosted by CeDIS, the Center for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin.