Last Name
Tobias Dietrich
Fachbereich 9: Kulturwissenschaften
Institute for Art - Film Studies - Art Education
Film Studies and Media Aesthetics

Born in Celle, Germany in 1988; since 2015 PhD student and contract lecturer at the Institute for Art - Film Studies - Art Education, University of Bremen, Doctoral Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, v. Research Projects; member of the International Film Award selection committee at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Glasgow; 2009–15 graduation in Art Studies and Public Health (BA program), and Art and Cultural Education with focus on Film Studies (Master program) in Bremen and Paris; during studies Latin-German translation for the historic research project “homo debilis” and editing activities both online and for the International Bremen Film Conference publications and the online journal

Until January 2018, Tobias Dietrich will be working as Visiting Research Student at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Research interests

   | Film Aesthetics and Health
   | Aesthetic Education
   | Experimental Cinema

Research projects

since 2015: „Aesthetic Dimensions of Mental Illness. How Mental Disorders Are Audio-visually Constructed by Contemporary Auteur Films” (doctoral project)

2011–13: „Living Archive. Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice“, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V., Berlin, in co-operation with British Film Institute, London (student co-worker)

2010–12: „homo debilis. Dis/ability in Pre-Modern Societies“, Institute for History Studies, University of Bremen (student assistant)


   | German Society of Media Studies (GfM - Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft)
   | Research Lab „Film, Media Art and Popular Culture“ (Prof. Dr. W. Pauleit)



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“, part of the class “A Short History of German Film”, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada.

16.3.2017: „Sheer Madness. Mental Aberrations Spotted“, within the Exhibition Veit Laurent Kurz. Kräutergasse, Municipal Gallery Delmenhorst, Germany.

9.3.2017: „Furze and Figment. Articulating Outgrowth between Madness and Film Practice in Mother is God (2013)“, 30th Colloquium on Film and Television Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany.

9.12.2016: „Aesthetic Forms of Affective Disorder in Deux jours, une nuit“, 14th North Colloquium on Media Studies, Europe-University Flensburg, Germany.

25.2.2016: „Klaus Telscher’s Experimental Films in the Context of German Film History“, 29th Colloquium on Film and Television Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

19.1.2013: „Why Do We Go to Movies? An Interactive Documentary Project“, 18th International Bremen Film Conference: Spectators? Between Cinema and Social Networks, City46/ Kommunalkino Bremen, Germany, together with E. Ebel and S. Odorico.


Filme für den Eimer. Das Experimentalkino von Klaus Telscher / Bin Films. Klaus Telscher's Experimental Cinema. Stuttgart: ibidem 2017.

"Die Experimentalfilme von Klaus Telscher im Kontext der deutschen Filmgeschichte" / "Klaus Telscher's Experimental Films in the Context of the German Film History." ffk-journal 29:2 (2017): 127-143.

"Kino und Kindheit. 21. Internationales Bremer Symposium zum Film. Filmische Bewusstseinsformen des Kindes" / "Cinema and Childhood. 21st International Bremen Film Conference. The Cinematic Child." Kinema Kommunal 2 (2016): 18–19, co-author L. Manz.

"Annotated Bibliography on Riddles of the Sphinx." Laura Mulvey / Peter Wollen. Riddles of the Sphinx + Amy!, eds. Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art; British Film Institute, Berlin/London: Filmgalerie 451, 2013 [DVD, booklet text in English and German].