Affiliate of Visual and Environmental Studies
Alexander Zahlten received his Ph.D. in Film Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. He conducted research for his dissertation at Nihon University (2003-2005) and received a JSPS scholarship for postdoctoral research at Meiji Gakuin University (2009-2011). He spent 2011 / 2012 as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Film & Digital Media of Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. His research focuses on film and audiovisual culture in East Asia and especially Japan from the 1960s onward. He is especially interested in the increasing interconnections between media, and his recent work explores topics such as 'amateur' production, transmedia practices, and the transforming role of fiction in the new media ecology. His publications have examined the role of postcolonial fantasy in Korean "remakes" of Japanese films, the history of Japanese film since 1960, or the changing discourse on media in a media mix context. He has curated film programs for institutions such as the German Film Museum, the Museum of Kyoto or the Athenée Français Cultural Center, Tokyo, and was Program Director for the Nippon Connection Film Festival from 2002 to 2010.