Tobias Dietrich

Tobias Dietrich

Institute for Art History - Film Studies - Art Education 

Film studies and media aesthetics

GW2 B3885

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Since 2019, lecturer in Film Studies and Film Education at the Institute of Art History - Film Studies - Art Education and ZeMKI-Research Lab  Film, Media Art and Popular Culture at the University of Bremen; freelance film curator; voluntary work for the Bremen queerfilm festival; member of the International Film Award selection committee at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Glasgow.

2019-21 project coordinator International Bremen Film Conference.

2016–18 scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (see research projects).

2017 research stay at the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.

2009-15 B.A. in Art Studies and Public Health and M.A. in Art and Cultural Education with focus on Film Studies in Bremen and Paris; during studies participation in the research project "homo debilis" and other editorial activities online and for the publications of the International Bremen Film Conference,, amongst others.



Research Focus

| Film Aesthetics and Film History
| European Auteur Cinema
| Medical and Health Humanities
| Queer cinema
| Film Mediation
| Medical Humanities



Since 2015: The Aesthetical Dimension of Mental Illness. On Audio-visual Construction of Mental Illness in Contemporary Auteur Cinema“ (PhD project)

2011-13: "Living Archive. Archive work as contemporary artistic and curatorial practice", Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art e.V., Berlin, in cooperation with the British Film Institute, London (student assistant)

2010-12: "homo debilis. Dis / ability in the Vormoderne ", Department of History, University of Bremen (student assistant)


Books (in German)

2022: Kopf/Kino. Psychische Erkrankung und Film (hg. mit Winfried Pauleit). Berlin: Bertz + Fischer.

2017: Filme für den Eimer. Das Experimentalkino von Klaus Telscher. Stuttgart: ibidem.


Academic papers (English selection)

2022: Teaching Mental Illness through Film and Film through Mental Illness, in: Sark, Katrina (Hg.): Social Justice Pedagogies. (Forthcoming).

2019: Depression as Aesthetic Answer to the Socioeconomic Crisis in Two Days, One Night, in: Corbalán, Ana; Kaklamanidou, Betty (Hg.): Contemporary European Cinema. Crisis Narratives and Narratives in Crisis. London, New York: Routledge, S. 106–118.


Others (English selection)

2021: Frenzies, Films and Family.  A Review of ‘Mental Traveler’ by W.J.T. Mitchell in: The Polyphony. Conversations across the Medical Humanities. 19.3.2021.

2018: Social Justice, Blood Donation, and Gay Rights, in: Sark, Katrina (Hg.): Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms, 1., S. 25–27.



5/5/2021: „Mind/Screens: Bridging Film Aesthetics and Mental Illness“, Introductory Note to the 25th International Bremen Film Conference, University of Bremen, CITY 46 / Kommunalkino Bremen e.V., together with Angela Rabing and Winfried Pauleit.

1/24/2020: „Experience as Aesthetic Change: Mental Illness as Self-corrective Truth in Christopher Nolan’s Memento“, 3rd Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, „Experience, Medicine and Marginalisation“, University of Sheffield.

7/29/2019: „Madness and Posthumanism“, Summer School „Posthuman Intimacies. Cross-Species Entanglements in European Cinema“, University of Toronto.

10/26/2018: „Considering the Clinical Discourse as an Aesthetic One Through the Light of Film”, Cultural Crossings of Care. An Appeal to the Medical Humanities, University of Oslo.

6/29/2018: "Taking the 'Scenic' Route. Values of Authorial Wrong Tracks in Discontinuous Fictional Illness Narratives", GCSC-Workshop "Rhetorics of Health and Illness. (Dis-)Continuous Minds, Bodies, and Narratives", Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.

11/28/2017: „The Aesthetic Dimension of Mental Illness. Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done”, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada.

10/2/2017: „Caligari – Dr. Unrath – M. Types of Madness in Weimar Cinema“, im Rahmen des Seminars „A Short History of German Film“, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada.


| GfM - Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft
| NECS - Network for European Cinema and Media Studies
| IAMHAR - International Association of Medical & Health Humanities and Artistic Research
| NNMHR - Northern Network for Medical Humanities
| Netzwerk Medical Humanities, Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens, Universität & ETH Zürich