Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hanstein

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hanstein
Film studies with a focus on theory, history and aesthetics of film


  • History and Theory of Film
  • Film Aesthetics and Film Philosophy
  • Media Theory and Methods of Media Historiography
  • Avantgarde Cinema and Experimental Film
  • History and Theory of Video Art
  • Digital Cinematography
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Feminist Film and Video Practices, Feminist Concepts of Education, Queer Theory

Ulrike Hanstein was born in Erfurt. She graduated in theatre studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen. She developed collaborative performance pieces, both as site-specific works and for theatre spaces. She worked as assistant director and production manager for theatre and performance projects. She gained her PhD in film studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, with a thesis on the melodramatic film aesthetics of Lars von Trier and Aki Kaurismäki. She was postdoctoral fellow in the research team »Transmissions: Media and Religion« (Weimar, Jena, Erfurt), and held academic positions at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena. She was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. She worked as lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy«, Leipzig and at the University of Vienna. She served as an interim professor of Film Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate Academy in Jena.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hanstein is Equal Opportunities Officer of the ifs.

PUBLICATIONS (selection)


Unknown Woman, geprügelter Held: Die melodramatische Filmästhetik bei Lars von Trier und Aki Kaurismäki. Berlin/Köln: Alexander Verlag 2011
• Mit Anika Höppner, Jana Mangold (Hg.): Re-Animationen: Szenen des Auf- und Ablebens in Kunst, Literatur und Geschichtsschreibung. Köln/Weimar/Wien: Böhlau 2012.

Current publications of essays:

Feminist Studio Workshop Videoletter: Performances der Zuneigung, Zueignung und Verbundenheit. In: Nach dem Film, 17/2019. Themenheft: Film und Feminismus. 
Videoed Memories and Movements, Rediscovered and Regained: It’s Aching like Birds (2001). In: Susanne Foellmer, Maria Katharina Schmidt, Cornelia Schmitz (Hg.): Transfer in the Performing Arts: Moving Between Media. London/New York: Routledge 2018, S. 113–125.
Nachklänge des Tanzens und Bildbewegungen der Improvisation: The Nine Muses (2010) In: Nach dem Film, 16/2018. Themenheft: Film | Tanz | Diskurs.
Retracing Movements: Gestures of Film. In: Asbjørn Grønstad, Henrik Gustafsson, Øyvind Vågnes (Hg.): Gestures of Seeing in Film, Video and Drawing. London/New York: Routledge 2017, S. 13–30.


»While watching a film, the outside world recedes. All you have to do is look and listen. Films set perception in motion and transport it to ever new, familiar or never-before-seen places. Films form a particular, perceivable world that discloses knowledge about itself and about the reality beyond the images. For me, Film Studies means to learn together with students from films and through films something we do not know yet.«


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