Thomas Assinger studied German and Italian in Vienna and Konstanz.
Deniz Bayrak studied German and English language and literature. She gained a teaching degree for secondary schools. Currently, Deniz is working as a research assistant for the Department of German Language and Literature at TU Dortmund University. Within the scope of her doctoral thesis, she works on intercultural literature and its didactics. Further areas of research she is engaged in are discourse analysis, accented cinema as well as crime and horror film. Within these areas she focuses on space and gender theory.
Andreas Ehrenreich gained a MA in German literature and film studies from the University of Vienna. He is a research associate at the Institute of Media and Communication Studies of the University of Mannheim. His research interests include the literature of the Weimar Republic and Italian genre cinema.
Michael Fuchs holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Graz, Austria, where he teaches media studies and American literature. Michael has co-edited Landscapes of Postmodernity: Concepts and Paradigms of Critical Theory (2010), Placing America: American Culture and its Spaces (2013), and ConFiguring America: Iconic Figures, Visuality, and the American Identity (2013). Currently, he is working on a book on traces in horror movies, a project on cities in audio-visual media (including horror cinema and video games), and a project on the imaginary construct that is ‘America’ in video games (www.fuchsmichael.net).
Gianluigi Gugliermetto is an Anglican theologian who has studied in Torino (Italy) and Claremont (California) and lives presently in Graz. He is specialized in systematic theology, process theology, feminist and queer theologies, and creation spirituality. Among his research interests there are: inter-religious dialogue, Eros and Christianity, the body and liturgical space, asceticism and mysticism in relation to masculinity.
Sarah Held is currently pursuing her PhD at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The focus of her study includes gender perspectives on critical creation movements primarily in do-it-yourself cultures. Her research incorporates her study of textile handcraft and art and design to her feminist and political activism. She studied art with an emphasis on textiles, graduating with a teaching degree for secondary schools from the University of Cologne. Additionally, she successfully completed a postgraduate course in the field of Art Theory at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. In addition to her projects, which are presently scheduled for publication, she has lectured, organized, and led workshops in her field of study. In October 2013, she presented at the University of Kassel’s conference titled, “Gendered Spaces – Spatialized Gender.”
Since 2007: member of the Collaborative Research Centre 626 “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” at Freie Universität Berlin; PhD completed in 2009; since 2011: research associate at the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion” at Freie Universität Berlin. Publications include: Heim-Suchungen. Stadt und Geschichtlichkeit im italienischen Nachkriegskino (Berlin 2009), Pedro Almodóvar (Co-Editor with Hermann Kappelhoff, Munich 2008), Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung (Co-Editor with Jacek Rzeszotnik und Lars Schmeink, since 2011).
Born in 1953, historian and author. He has written extensively on the history of crime in early modern times. His publications include In Unehren beschlaffen. Unzucht vor kirchlicher und weltlicher Gerichtsbarkeit im frühneuzeitlichen Salzburger Lungau (2004), Coitus cum diabolo. Der Mooshamer Hexenprozess von 1688/89 (2006), Peinliche Ordnung. Von Giftmördern und anderen malefizigen Personen im Erzstift Salzburg (2010) and “Daß sy der Rit schütt”. Das Lungauer Zauberer- und Hexenbuch (2014).
PhD student at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Institute of German Studies. PhD project about early German and Austrian horror cinema. 2007–2009: collaborator on a research project on the culture in the early 20th century (“Regionalität, kulturelle Techniken, Wissenschaftsbilder um die Jahrhundertwende und in der Zwischenkriegszeit”); 2010–2011, 2012–2014: fellow of the Ernst Mach Grant (Austria, University of Vienna); 2012–2014: fellow of the Franz Werfel Grant (Austria, University of Vienna). Areas of competence: horror cinema, narratology.
Arthur Lizie is a Professor of Film, Video, and Media Studies and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University. His areas of research interest include film, food, and fan culture. His current scholarship includes an edited volume on The Godfather and fan culture, and a book on global food discourses.
Christine Lötscher is a research associate at the Institute of Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich. Her current research focuses on Lewis Carroll’s Alice-books and their adaptations in different media. Her dissertation on magic books in fantasy will be published in fall 2014. Moreover, she is working as a literary and film critic.
Xavier Mendik is Director of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival at the University of Brighton. He has written extensively on cult and horror film traditions, and his publications (as author/editor/co-editor) include Bodies of Desire and Bodies in Distress: The Golden Age of Italian Cult Film 1970-1985 (2013), Peep Shows: Cult Film and the Cine-Erotic (2012), 100 Cult Films (with Ernest Mathijs, 2011), The Cult Film Reader (with Ernest Mathijs, 2008), Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945 (with Ernest Mathijs, 2004), Shocking Cinema of the Seventies (2004), Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon (2002), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (2000) and Unruly Pleasures: The Cult Film and its Critics (2000). He is currently preparing the new feature-length documentary That’s La Morte: Italian Sex and Death Cinema of the 1970s in conjunction with Dania Film.
Marlene Peinhopf has studied Law at the University of Graz as well as Italian and English at the Institute for Theoretical and Applied Translation of Graz. She has been working as a research assistant at the Department of Roman Law, Ancient Legal History and History of Private Law of the University of Graz for many years. While writing her doctoral thesis (“Adultera, venefica, meretrix. Women between Law and Rhetoric”), she has done research at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca as well as at the Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’. Her main research areas are Roman law, ancient legal history, gender and rhetoric.
Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media in the School of Arts at Brunel University. His publications include Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain (Edinburgh University Press 2011) and Censorship: a Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld 2009). He is the co-principal editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.
Sarah Reininghaus studied German language, literature and philosophy. Currently, she is a member of research staff at the Department of German Language and Literature at TU Dortmund University. In her dissertation project she analyses the representation of places of transit in literature and film by using theories of space. Further fields of research are discourse analysis, theories of normalism and literature of remembrance.
Ivo Ritzer is Assistant Professor in the Media and Film Department at the JGU Mainz University. He has widely published on film, media and cultural theory. His work includes several monographs and edited books on genre hybridisation and cultural globalisation, representations of the body in the media, transgression in TV series, French crime cinema, intercultural perspectives on the Western, the gangster film, and on the dialectics of genre theory and auteurism. Current research projects focus on performativity of film and TV, inter- and cross-mediality, as well as on new approaches to mise-en-scene criticism.
Janet S. Robinson teaches for the Film Studies Department and the Libby Arts Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2012, her chapter on David Cronenberg’s Crash was published in The Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema and in December 2013 her chapter on Elizabeth Bathory was published in Dracula’s Daughters: The Female Vampire in Film. She is currently working on her dissertation concentrating on the issues of censorship and the representation of gender and sexuality in cinema as a Ph.D. candidate at the Philips University of Marburg, Germany.
Film theorist/critic, PhD from University of Amsterdam, free-lance lecturer in film studies at Vienna University 1995–2012, author of German-language books on film theory and post-politics in Rancière (2010) and on “politics of affect” of film/TV re-visions of anti-nazi resistance (2009); co-editor of volumes on Kracauer (2013), Rancière (2010), Cronenberg (1992); current FWF-sponsored research project Political Aesthetics of Contemporary European Horror Film at L. Boltzmann-Institute for History and Society/Vienna.
Born in 1971, teaches film studies at the German Universites of Mainz, Siegen, and Mannheim. He was visiting professor at Clemson University, SC, USA. In 1999 he published his doctor’s thesis on the subject of politics and sexuality in cinema (‘Sadiconazista’) and has edited several books on film history and film aesthetics. His publications include books on the seduction theory of film (2006), western (2003, co-ed.), war films (2006, co-ed.), pop and cinema (2004, co-ed.), terror-cinema (2010), David Cronenberg (2011, ed.), Dario Argento (2013, co-ed.), global bodies in the media (2012, co-ed.) etc. He regularly contributes to international conferences and magazines like Kinoeye (USA), Paradoxa (USA), and Eyeball (UK). Currently he has finished a book on Akira Kurosawa (forthcoming mid 2014). His research interests are: body theory, transgressive philosophy and cinema, media mythology, performative aspects of cinema, and the Holocaust in narrative media.
Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, Institute of German Studies. 2006–2009: collaborator on a research project on the culture in the early 20th century (“Regionalität, kulturelle Techniken, Wissenschaftsbilder um die Jahrhundertwende und in der Zwischenkriegszeit”); 2009: PhD dissertation on the moral conceptions in the theories of tragedy; 2010–2011: fellow of the Franz Werfel Grant (Austria, University of Vienna); 2013–: collaborator on the Cognitive Research Group (University of Szeged). Areas of competence: literary theory, modern German drama, theories of media.
Erika Blanc, the renowned Italian actress, began her illustrious career in the Sixties and has had roles in over 100 films and T.V. series episodes. Throughout her many years in the profession, Erika has worked with acclaimed directors such as Pupi Avati, Mario Bava, Sergio Castellitto, Umberto Lenzi, Ferzan Özpetek, Ettore Scola and Margarethe von Trotta. In addition to her prolific presence in cinema, she has also had a successful career as a stage actress.
The singer, songwriter, and producer Michael Holm is one of the most versatile and creative personalities of the German music business. He started his career in the Sixties as songwriter and composer for many noted interpreters of German pop music, frequently in congenial cooperation with Giorgio Moroder. In 1969, he made his breakthrough as a singer and interpreter with “Mendocino.” With numerous subsequent hits, such as “Tränen lügen nicht/Tears don’t lie” (English version: “A Child is Born,” 1974) or “Lucille” (1977), Holm became one of the most significant artists on the German charts in the Seventies. Since the end of the decade, he has focused on producing and publishing; he has scored many great successes, especially in the American Country Music market. In Europe, his involvement with well-known songs like “Sun of Jamaica,” impressively demonstrates his unmistakable instinct for chart-topping hits.
Percy Hoven began his career as an investment banker and studied economics, philosophy and Japanese studies in Munich. He has been actively involved in both German and Austrian media business for over 30 years. He developed several T.V. shows for Pro7 and RTL and was featured as the host of several popular infotainment programs. Additionally, Hoven is regarded as one of the 100 most successful voice artists in Germany. His voice can be heard in uncountable features, television and radio commercials, trailers, audio books and live events.
Uwe Huber is a film journalist and producer. His work is published in genre magazines such as Splatting Image, Deadline, Moviestar, DVD Special, Virus, and various DVD booklets. He produced DVD bonus features for German and international companies such as Koch, Subkultur, Kinowelt, Polyband, NSM, Epix, Blue Underground, Anchor Bay, Dark Sky and Eureka, among others. He already put a great deal of research in Turbine’s groundbreaking BD/DVD special edition of Mark of the Devil. Currently, he supervises Ascot-Elite’s edition of the “Jess Franco Goya Collection.”
Dieter Menz, a lawyer by profession, is from a film family that has been active in various areas of the film business for more than 85 years. He is the founder of the foreign sales company Atlas International Film GmbH. Apart from his sales activities, Dieter Menz has always been involved in film and media politics. Since 1973, he has served as both chairman and member of the board of EXU (Export Union of German Film), and he is a long-time Chairman of the VDFE (Association of German Film Exporters). As member of the German Producer’s Association, he has numerous times represented the Association at FIAPF meetings and has served in the German Oscar selection committee. For over 30 years he represented the German Film Exporters at the FFA (the Federal Film Subsidy Fund) where he has been involved in the creation of various amendments to the German Film Subsidy Law. Starting in early 2000 and for the following eight years, he has served as board member of SPIO, the umbrella organization of all German Film Associations.