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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 Celia Britton

French Caribbean literature and thought, especially Glissant, Fanon, Condé; postcolonial theory; surrealism in the Caribbean; psychoanalysis and colonialism; literature and ideology; images of community; the Nouveau Roman

Professor Gerald Smith

Russian, Slavonic and Eastern European Languages and Literatures Eastern Europe including Russia Russia

Professor Robin Milner-Gulland

Russia - modern literature (particularly 20th c. poetry); medieval and modern Russian culture, language, history, art and architecture; Byzantine culture; aspects of Sussex archaeology