UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

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Nicholas Baer


Nicholas Baer completed his PhD in Film & Media with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory in 2015. His dissertation, “Absolute Relativity: Weimar Cinema and the Crisis of Historicism,” focused on the relationship between film and the philosophy of history in interwar Germany. Together with Anton Kaes and Michael Cowan, he co-edited The Promise of Cinema: German Film Theory, 1907–1933 (University of California Press, 2016), which won the Limina Award for the Best International Film Studies Book as well as the Award of Distinction for Best Edited Collection from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Baer's research has been supported through yearlong fellowships from the ´╗┐Fulbright Program, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Leo Baeck Institute/Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He is also the recipient of the Karsten-Witte-Preis for best film essay of the year from the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft. Beginning in September 2017, Baer will be Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. For a list of his publications, please click here.