Ada Ackerman

Ada Ackerman is a permanent researcher at THALIM/ CNRS (French National Research Center). An art historian and a specialist of Sergei Eisenstein’s work, she focuses on interartistic and intermedial circulations (cinema and other arts) as well as on cultural exchanges between USSR, Europe and the United States. She can be reached at ada.ackerman[at]

Neta Alexander

Neta Alexander is Assistant Professor of Film and Media at Colgate University, New York and an Assistant Editor of JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. Her research interests include digital culture, film theory, science and technology studies (STS), and disability studies. She can be reached at nalexander[at]

Meredith A. Bak

Meredith A. Bak is Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden. She is the author of Playful Visions: Optical Toys and the Emergence of Children’s Media Culture (MIT Press, 2020). Her research concentrates on children’s media, visual, and material cultures from the nineteenth century to the present. She can be reached at meredith.bak[at]

Marie-Aude Baronian

Marie-Aude Baronian is Associate Professor in Visual Culture at the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. Her research fields and interests are rather interdisciplinary and include media, memory and testimony, ethics and aesthetics, film-philosophy, French thought, fashion theory, material objects, and Armenian diasporic audiovisual practices. She can be reached at lousbaronian[at]

Ulrike Bergermann

Ulrike Bergermann is professor of media studies at the University of the Arts Braunschweig. Her research interests include Postcolonial Theory, Gender Studies, and questions of (academic) knowledge production. See

Amrita Biswas

Amrita Biswas is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Her research interests include post-partition trauma in the films of Ritwik Ghatak as well as media infrastructures of alternative and popular Bengali cinema. She can be reached at amritabiswas0411[at]

Teresa Castro

Teresa Castro is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. She has extensively worked on aerial imagery and was associate curator of the exhibition “Vues d’en haut”, held at the Centre Pompidou Metz (2013). Her current research interests include the links between film and animism, vegetal life forms in visual culture and eco-criticism. She can be reached at teresa.castro[at]

Didi Cheeka

Didi Cheeka is the artistic director of Decasia – Berlin-Lagos Archival Film Festival. He is co-founder and curator of Lagos Film Society – an alternative cinema centre dedicated to founding Nigeria’s first arthouse cinema. Didi is currently engaged in digitizing and researching Nigeria’s rediscovered colonial and post-war (1967-70) audiovisual archives. He can be reached at didicheeka27[at]

Michelle Cho

Michelle Cho is an assistant professor of Korean film and media at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Korean cinema, television, video, and pop music, genre cinemas, social media platforms, and Korean-wave pop culture fandoms. She can be reached at mh.cho[at]

Shane Denson

Shane Denson is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and, by Courtesy, of German Studies at Stanford University. His research interests span a variety of media and historical periods, including phenomenological and media-philosophical approaches to film, digital media, and serialized popular forms. See for more information.

Guilherme da Silva Machado

Guilherme da Silva Machado is a PhD candidate at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and Goethe University Frankfurt, where he is also a member of the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films”. He is particularly interested in the relationship between techniques of observation and labor practices, from an aesthetic, epistemological and anthropological perspective. He can be reached at machado.cine[at]

Marijke de Valck

Marijke de Valck is associate professor of film and media studies at Utrecht University where she co-directs the master program in film and television culture. Her research deals with transnational media cultures, media industries, and art cinema. In her work on film festivals she combines critical theory, textual analysis and empirical approaches. Contact: m.devalck[at]

Kerim Dogruel

Kerim Dogruel is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” at Goethe University Frankfurt. His research interests include media theory, animation and game studies. He can be reached at dogruel[at]

Stefanie Duguay

Stefanie Duguay is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University (Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, Canada). Her research focuses on the influence of digital media technologies in everyday life, with attention to the intersection of sexual identity, gender, and social media. She can be reached at stefanie.duguay[at] or on Twitter @DugStef.

Kester Dyer

Kester Dyer is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at Carleton University. His research focusses on Québec, Indigenous and Canadian film and media. His areas of interest also include genre theory and postcolonial approaches to film. He can be reached at kester.dyer[at]

Christoph Engemann

Christoph Engemann is postdoc for digital transformation and society at the Bauhaus University Weimar. His research interests include graphs & transactions, media of statehood and barns. He can be reached at christoph.engemann[at]

Karin Fleck

Karin Fleck is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” with a project titled “Future Oddities: Nostalgia, Music and Film”. Her research interests include nostalgia trends in cinema, popular music, reception theory and the history of analogue media. She can be reached at[at]

Bishnupriya Ghosh

Bishnupriya Ghosh is professor of Global Studies and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include studies of environmental media, science-and-technology, global media, and postcolonial/decolonial theory. She can be reached at: bghosh[at]

Sophia Gräfe

Sophia Gräfe is Research Associate in the project “Transdisciplinary Networks of Media Knowledge” at the Philipps-University of Marburg as well as guest researcher at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin. Her research interests include the history of the behavioral sciences, the media of science and scientific film. She can be reached at sophia.graefe[at]

Malte Hagener

Malte Hagener is a professor of film and media studies at Philipps University Marburg and a Principal Investigator at the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films”. His research interests include film history and historiography, film theory and media archaeology. He can be reached at hagener[at]

Vinzenz Hediger

Vinzenz Hediger is professor of cinema studies at Goethe University Frankfurt where he directs the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films”. His research interests include the history of film theory, marginal film forms and global film industries. He can be reached at hediger[at]

Florian Hoof

Florian Hoof is a research associate at the Institute of Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, Leuphana University Lüneburg. Fields of research: film and media history, digital environments, media and organizational theory. Recent publication: Angels of Efficiency: A Media History of Consulting, Oxford University Press, 2020. He can be reached at florian.hoof[at]

Marek Jancovic

Marek Jancovic is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His current research is centered around the materialities of the moving image, film preservation practices and format studies. He can be reached at m.jancovic[at]

Philipp Dominik Keidl

Philipp Dominik Keidl is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate  Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” at Goethe University Frankfurt. His research concentrates on fandom, media and material culture, and moving image preservation and exhibition. He can be reached at keidl[at]

Alice Leroy

Alice Leroy is a lecturer in film studies at the University of Gustave Eiffel (Paris). Her work focuses on the relationship between science and aesthetics through the visual imaginaries of the body. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Cahiers du cinéma, and also an associate programmer at the international documentary film festival Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and the Stockholm French Film Festival.

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez is assistant professor of critical media studies in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research spans digital media, border studies, infrastructure studies, and Latin American film and television. He can be reached at juan.llamasrodriguez[at]

Laliv Melamed

Laliv Melamed is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research is dedicated to marginal forms and the intersection of state politics and media. Her current project focuses on operative images. She can be reached at Melamed[at]

John Mowitt

John Mowitt is Professor of Cultural and Media Studies and the Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities at the University of Leeds.  He is also a senior editor of Cultural Critique.  His research interests include the history and geography of critical theory, sound studies and comparative literature.  He can be contacted via email at J.W.Mowitt[at]

Joshua Neves

Joshua Neves is Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab at Concordia University (Montréal). His research centers on digital media, cultural and political theory, and problems of development and legitimacy. He is the author of Underglobalization: Beijing’s Media Urbanism and the Chimera of Legitimacy (Duke 2020), and co-editor of Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke 2017). He can be reached at joshua.neves[at]

Alexandra Schneider

Alexandra Schneider is professor of film studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. She is affiliated with the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films” and the director of the Gutenberg Graduates School of the Humanities and Social Science (GSHS). Her research interests include media archaeology, amateur media and format studies. She can be reached at a.schneider[at]

Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa

Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa is an Assistant Professor in Film Studies at Seattle University. His research focuses on the history of scientific filmmaking, nontheatrical film, and animal studies. His book The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life is due to be published by UC Press in 2022. He can be reached at schultzfigub[at]

Diego Semerene

Diego Semerene is Senior Lecturer in Film and Digital Media Production at Oxford Brookes University and a film critic for Slant Magazine. Their research interests include psychoanalysis, queer theory and fashion theory. Contact info: d.semerene[at]

Felix M. Simon

Felix M. Simon is a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at the University of Oxford. His research broadly focuses on AI in the news, political communication in the digital age, and the changing nature of the media in the 21st century. He tweets under @_FelixSimon_ and can be reached at felix.simon[at]

Antonio Somaini

Antonio Somaini is Professor of Film, Media and Visual Culture Theory at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, where he is also Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies. His research interests include the history of film and media theories, as well as issues in contemporary visual culture, such as the implications of the high and low definition of images, and of the new technologies of machine vision. He can be reached at antonio.somaini[at]

Marc Steinberg

Marc Steinberg is Associate Professor of Cinema and director of The Platform Lab at Concordia University. His research examines the impacts of digital platforms on management practices, media industries, and cultural life, focusing on East Asia in particular. His most recent book is The Platform Economy: How Japan Transformed the Commercial Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). He can be reached at marc.steinberg[at] or on Twitter @msteinbrg.

Wanda Strauven

Wanda Strauven is Privatdozentin of Media Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt and member of the Graduate Research Training Program “Konfigurationen des Films”. Her research focuses on early cinema, media archaeology, touch-based media and screenic practices of post-cinema (from interactive media installations to creative media hacking by today’s children). Her email address is: wanda.strauven[at]

Jaap Verheul

Jaap Verheul is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, where his research focuses on the regulation of transnational flows of cultural production in European media industries. He recently published an edited collection on The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007 with Amsterdam University Press (2020). He can be reached at jaap.verheul[at]

Abby Waysdorf

Abby Waysdorf is a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, where she is part of the CADEAH (Curation and Appropriation of European Audiovisual Heritage) project. Her research interests are of audiovisual archives, fan cultures, and the relationship between viewers/users and the media industry. She can be reached at A.S.Waysdorf[at]

Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies at the University of South Wales. Her research interests include fandom and participatory cultures, mediated place and space, media tourism, and themed and immersive spaces. She can be contacted at Rebecca.williams[at]

Leonie Zilch

Leonie Zilch is a postdoctoral assistant researcher at the Institute of Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Her fields of research include Porn Studies, Feminist Film Theory, Gender Studies, Documentary Practices and Popular Culture. She can be reached at leozilch[at]

Yvonne Zimmermann

Yvonne Zimmermann is professor of media studies at Philipps-University Marburg. She is the editor and co-author of a volume on useful cinema in Switzerland (Schaufenster Schweiz: Dokumentarische Gebrauchsfilme 1896–1964, 2011) and the co-author of the forthcoming book Advertising and the Transformation of Screen Cultures (AUP, 2021, with Bo Florin and Patrick Vonderau). Her current research focuses on the popular transfer of knowledge by magic lantern and on Asta Nielsen and the introduction of the star system before WWI. She can be reached at yvonne.zimmermann[at]