Professor Thomas Elsaesser FBA

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

Elected 2008

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year of birth
Year of death
Year elected
Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de Liège, Belgium (2017); Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2008), Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion (2006)

Past appointments

Columbia University, New York Visiting Professor

2013 -

University of Amsterdam Emeritus Professor of Film Studies, Department of Media and Culture

2008 -

Yale University Visiting Professor

2006 - 2012

University of Amsterdam Professor, Film & Television Studies

1991 - 2008

University of East Anglia Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English & Comparative Literature

1972 - 1991

University of Sussex Lecturer in German

1971 - 1972


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

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