This international conference is dedicated to the memory of Miriam Hansen and her seminal work in film history and film theory. One focus of the conference is her posthumously published book Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno (2012). Other topics are early cinema, on which Hansen published an influential book; the idea of a vernacular modernism in global context, on which her latest work was focused; and the kind of political intellectual investments she stood for both in Germany, in this country, and across the world. The conference brings together major film scholars from Europe and the United States and is designed to carry on Miriam Hansen’s critical work. The conference is organized by the journal New German Critique on whose editorial board Hansen served for several decades.