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Professor Thomas Elsaesser FBA

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About this Fellow

History and pre-history of cinema and moving image culture 1870s-1900s; European cinema since 1945; German cinema; ‘New Hollywood’ of the 1970s, ‘post-classical’ cinema since the 1990s; architecture and urbanism; avant-garde cinema and installation art



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Film Studies, Department of Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam; Visiting Professor, Columbia University

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in German, University of Sussex, 1971 - 1972
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English & Comparative Literature, University of East Anglia, 1972 - 1991
  • Professor, Film & Television Studies, University of Amsterdam, 1991 - 2008
  • Emeritus Professor of Film Studies, Department of Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam, 2008
  • Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2006 - 2012
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University, New York, 2013


European Cinema and Continental Philosophy: Film as Thought Experiment (Bloomsbury) 2018

Film History as Media Archaeology (Amsterdam University Press) 2016

Germany Cinema: Terror and Trauma (Routledge) 2013

The Persistence of Hollywood (Routledge) 2012

Film Theory-An Introduction (Routledge) 2010 [with Malte Hagener; 2nd revised edition, 2015]

European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood (Amsterdam UP) 2005

Fassbinder's Germany (Amsterdam University Press) 1996

Other Modern Languages, Literatures and other Media from 1830 Fellows

Professor Patrick Wright

'Heritage' and the power of tradition in British culture since 1890; the cultural dimensions of international relations since 1945; place and belonging in relation to globalisation

Professor Patricia Waugh

Modern literary studies and intellectual history, with specific interests in the modern and contemporary novel; literature, science and medicine; cultural theory and modernist aesthetics

Professor Anne Fuchs

German cultural memory since 1945; cultural theories of memory and time; modernity and German modernism; postwar German and Austrian literature; contemporary German literature and culture; German-Jewish literature