Journal for Film Theory, History, and Aesthetics

Iluminace is a publishing venue of the National Film Archive and Czech Society for Film Studies (CEFS).


The peer-reviewed journal Iluminace was founded in 1989 as a biannual journal for scholarly reflection upon cinema. It has been published on a quarterly basis since 1993, the fifth year of its existence, when both the extent and format were also enlarged. Over the time period of its publication, Iluminace has presented original theoretical and historical studies. Each issue contains translations of foreign-language texts documenting current trends in world film theory and criticism or paying off translation debts from older times. Iluminace dedicates extensive space to an edition of sources on cinema history as well as to interviews with significant figures in the field. A special section provides room for the presentation of current research projects, in particular dissertations. As with every academic journal, Iluminace includes reviews of Czech and foreign-language specialized literature and conferences in its issues. As of 2004, there has been a space dedicated to a mono-thematic block of texts in every issue. As of 2005, certain mono-thematic blocks have been prepared in cooperation with visiting editors.