The introduction to this special issue traces the interactions between the rise of media archaeology and the field of cinema and media studies. Arguing that media archaeology provided a necessary corrective around the question of media, I aim to show how its focus on historical narratives—especially on models of temporality—has led to a critical stagnation and a blind spot with regard to non‐Western media. Drawing on the resources in film studies for thinking about the trans‐ or international movement of media, I set out the need for and terms of a globalizing media archaeology.

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