Frey, Prof. Dr. Mattias

M. Frey

Institute for Art History - Film Studies - Art Education 

Film studies and media aesthetics


Prof. Dr. Mattias Frey is Professor of Film, Media and Culture at the University of Kent where he's been teaching and researching since 2008. At Bremen University he was a substitute professor for art education with the focus on new media studies. He received his academic training in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Berlin as well as at Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor and doctoral degrees and taught in the Department for Visual and Environmental Studies. In addition to his research and teaching, he has served as the Director of Internationalisation for the Faculty of Humanities, Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Arts, Director of Internationalisation for the School of Arts, Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the School of Arts, Head of the Film department, Acting Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Humanities, Managing Director of the Centre for Film and Media Research and in a variety of other roles. In the 2000s, he reviewed movies for the Boston Phoenix and for many years he reported on film festivals for Senses of Cinema.


Prof. Dr. Mattias Frey's research endeavours include specific expertise in genres and production trends (period/historical film and series; arthouse extreme cinema), institutions (film and other arts criticism; video on demand platforms), periods (postwar and contemporary) and geographical areas (German and Austrian film), not to mention classical and contemporary film theory. These publications, informed by media industries, sociology of art, political economy and cultural studies perspectives, demonstrate the productivity of triangulating methods first developed in seemingly distant areas of the humanities and social sciences.

In the academic year 2014-2015 Prof. Dr. Frey served as invited Visiting Professor of Art and New Media at the Universitaet Bremen, where he took part in a research cluster on the audio history of film with Prof. Dr. Winfried Pauleit and Dr. Rasmus Greiner  (cp. publications)


Prof. Dr. Frey is General Editor of the journal Film Studies (Manchester UP). His books include Postwall German Cinema: History, Film History, and Cinephilia (Berghahn, 2013); Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship (Routledge, 2014; co-edited with Jinhee Choi); The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism: The Anxiety of Authority (Amsterdam UP, 2015); Film Criticism in the Digital Age (Rutgers UP, 2015; co-edited with Cecilia Sayad); Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today’s Art Film Culture (Rutgers UP, 2016); Audio History des Films: Sonic Icons – Auditive Histosphaere – Authentizitaetsgefuehl (Bertz + Fischer, 2018; co-written with Winfried Pauleit and Rasmus Greiner).

His numerous articles appear in edited anthologies, reference works and journals such as Cinema Journal, Screen, New German Critique, Artforum, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Jump Cut and Framework. In the 2000s, he reviewed movies for the Boston Phoenix and for many years he reported on film festivals for Senses of Cinema.



Prof. Mattias Frey  is member of the board of the  German Screen Studies Network as well as member of the  Translation/ Publication Committee of the Society of Film and Media Studies (SCMS). He is also a member of the  Gesellschaft der Medienwissenschaft (GfM), the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), the  Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) and the European Network of Cinema and Media Scholars (NECS).