Prof. Dr. Skadi Loist

Prof. Dr. Skadi Loist

Assistant Professor for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries

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Skadi Loist studied American Literature and Culture and Media Studies with some Art History and Gender/Queer Studies at the University of Hamburg and Smith College in Northampton/MA, USA. After working on a PhD project for two years with a scholarship from the DFG Graduate School in Frankfurt/Main, Skadi returned to the Institute for Media and Communication at the University of Hamburg as Lecturer and earned a PhD with a thesis on queer film festivals and film culture in 2015.  Between 2014 and 2017 Skadi was a lecturer at the Institute for Media Research at the University of Rostock and is Principle Investigator for the research project “Film Circulation on the International Film Festival Network and the Impact on Global Film Culture” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF, 2017-2022).

Since February 2018, Skadi has been working as professor at the interdisciplinary post for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries, first as Visiting Professor, since October 2020 as Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor). Between 2021 and 2024 Skadi was Lead PI for the international research project „GEP Analysis: Assessing, Understanding, and Modeling the Impact of Gender Equity Policies (GEP) in the Film Industry“ (DFG/ESRC/SSHRC).

Furthermore, Skadi is founder of the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN); former chair of the Media Industries workgroup at the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) (2012-22); former Steering Committee member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) (2015-21)  and Editorial Board member of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.

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Film and Media Studies; Media Industries Studies

Key Subjects in Teaching and Research

  • Developments in film and media industries with a focus on fair working conditions, gender equality and diversity, sustainability and green producing
  • Film festivals
  • Circulation and distribution
  • Digital Humanities & methods
  • Queer film culture
  • Gender/queer theories in media and communications studies
  • Media theory from film theory to social media
  • European Cinema, World Cinema


Publications (Selected)

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