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Tobias Dietrich

Tobias Dietrich

Institute for Art History - Film Studies - Art Education 

Film studies and media aesthetics

GW2 B1650

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Lector at the Institute of Art History - Film Studies - Art Education at the University of Bremen, freelance film curator; Jury Member of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Glasgow.

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

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

2015 Zulassung zur Promotion

2009-15 studies in art and public health (B.A.) and arts and cultural education (M.A.) with focus on film studies in Bremen and Paris; during the research project "homo debilis" and other editorial activities online and for the publications on the Bremen film symposia, u.a. That's a coincidence.



Research focus

| Film aesthetics and health
| Medical Humanities
| Film and aesthetical education
| Experimental cinema



since 2015: "Die ästhetische Dimension der Mental Illness. Audiovisual construction of mental disorder through contemporary author films "(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)


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

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 2019, S. 106–118.

Die Experimentalfilme von Klaus Telscher im Kontext der deutschen Filmgeschichte, in: ffk-journal 29:2 (2017), S. 127–143.

Commented Bibliography to Riddles of the Sphinx / Annotated Bibliography on Riddles of the Sphinx, in: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.; British Film Institute (Hg.): Laura Mulvey/ Peter Wollen. Riddles of the Sphinx + Amy! [kritisch-historische DVD-Dedition, Text im Booklet auf Deutsch und Englisch], Berlin, London: Filmgalerie 451, 2013.

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



24.01.2020: „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.

25.-27.10.2019: „Von der Primavista zur Kontemplation. Patient*-Ärzt*innen-Beziehungen in Filmen zum Thema Krebs“, SmP-Workshop der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes „Körper. Krankheit. Kunst. Künstlerische und geisteswissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf zwei zentrale Themen der Medizin.“ Medizinische Fakultät der WWU Münster.

29.07.2019: „Madness and Posthumanism“, Summer School „Posthuman Intimacies. Cross-Species Entanglements in European Cinema“, University of Toronto.

26.10.2018: „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.

29.06.2018: "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.

28.11.2017: „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.

2.10.2017: „Caligari – Dr. Unrath – M. Types of Madness in Weimar Cinema“, guest lecture to „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
| NNMHR - Northern Network for Medical Humanities
| Research Lab „Film, Media Art and Popular Culture“ (Prof. Dr. W. Pauleit)
| Kommunalkino Bremen e.V.