Short CV/Education and training

  • Robin Curtis holds the Chair in Media and Cultural Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

  • Born in Toronto.

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto in German Languages and Literature and Cinema Studies

  • Magister Artium Freie Universität Berlin in Theatre Studies and North American Studies.

  • Doctorate 2003 at the Freie Universität Berlin in Film Studies

  • Habilitation 2014 at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Media Studies.

  • Filmmaker (Nachlass, 1992)

  • Curator e.g. Special Programme (Out of Time) Oberhausen, 2001

  • Werkleitz Biennale, 2002

  • Goethe Institute Tour (Geschlecht-Konfliktbewältigung) Israel/Palestine 2003

  • Feodor-Lynen Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 2008 – 2011 at SUNY Buffalo, NY, USA

  • W2 Professor of Theory and Practice of Audio-Visual Media at Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf.

  • Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin in the Collaborative Research Centre (Cultures of Performativity, SFB 447) 2002 – 2010

  • On editorial boards of Pop: Kultur und Kritik (Transcript Verlag) and Jahrbuch immersiver Medien (Schüren Verlag).

Selected publications


  • Conscientious Viscerality: The Autobiographical Stance in German Film and Video, Berlin: Gebrüder Mann Verlag / Edition Imorde, 2006.

Edited Volumes

  • Synchronisierung der Künste. Ed. Robin Curtis, Gertrud Koch und Marc Siegel. München: Fink Verlag, 2013.

  • Synästhesie-Effekte: zur Intermodalität der ästhetischen Wahrnehmung. [Synaesthetic Effects: The Intermodality of Aesthetic Experience] Ed. Robin Curtis, Marc Glöde and Gertrud Koch. Munich: Fink Verlag, 2011.

  • Einfühlung: Zur Geschichte und Gegenwart eines ästhetischen Konzepts. [From Einfühlung to Empathy: The History and Contemporary Career of an Aesthetic Concept] Ed. Robin Curtis and Gertrud Koch. Munich: Fink Verlag, 2009.

  • Special Issue "Immersion", montage AV, 17/2/2008. Ed. Robin Curtis and Christiane Voss.

  • Deixis und Evidenz. [Deixis and Evidence] Ed. Horst Wenzel, Ludwig Jäger, Robin Curtis and Christina Lechtermann. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 2008.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • In Preparation: Framing the Self – The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary. Eds. Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner. Rochester: Camden House Press.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional Affiliations

  • Deutscher Hochschulverband, FRG, since 2006

  • NECS Network of European Cinema Studies, Europe-wide Association, since 2006

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies, USA, since 1997

  • Gesellschaft für Medien [Society for Media Studies], FRG, since 1996


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