Anton Kaes

Anton Kaes

Anton Kaes

Professor of German and Film & Media
University of California Berkeley

In Residence

June 2013 – August 2013

July 2014

Research Project

My current research focuses on the emergence of cinema and its consequences for virtually all areas of social and cultural life. How did the technical medium of film challenge traditional conceptions of time, space, corporeality, sensory perception, and experience? How did film redraw the boundaries between private and public spheres; past and present; fiction and reality? How did film influence attitudes towards gender, politics, and popular culture? What kind of knowledge does film produce? My claim is that today’s debates about the rise of digital media shed new light on the beginnings of cinema and film.


  • Weimar culture and contemporary literature and film
  • Literary theory and theory of cultural studies
  • Exile, migration and multiculturalism
  • Film history and film theory


Shell Shock Cinema. Weimar Culture and the Wounds of War, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2009.

M, London: British Film Institute 2001.

The Weimar Republic Sourcebook, Anton Kaes, Martin Jay and Edward Dimendberg (eds.), Berkeley: University of California Press 1994.

From Hitler to Heimat. The Return of History as Film, Cambridge et al.: Harvard University Press 1989.

Kino-Debatte. Texte zum Verhältnis von Literatur und Film, Anton Keas (ed.), Munich: DTV 1978.

Expressionismus in Amerika, Tübingen: Niemeyer 1975.


Anton Kaes

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