Tobias Nagl

PhD (Hamburg)

Office: IGAB 0N56
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80497
Email: tnagl@uwo.ca 


Areas of Interest:

Film history and theory, silent cinema, experimental film, race and (post-)colonialism, European and German cinema, political modernism.

Selected Publications:

  • European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015), co-edited with Janelle Blankenship
  • Die Unheimliche Maschine: Rasse und Repräsentation im Weimarer Kino (The Uncanny Machine: Race and Representation in Weimar Cinema) (Munich: edition text + kritik, 2009)
  • “Alfred Andersch, André Bazin, Film” (with Janelle Blankenship), in: Norman Ächtler (ed.), Alfred Andersch 100: Engagierte Autorenschaft im Literatursystem der Bundesrepublik (Göttingen: Wallstein, forthcoming 2015/2016).
  • "The Afterlife of Stuart Hall. Why Hall?," in Dagmar Brunow (ed.), Stuart Hall: Aktivismus, Pop und Politik (Mainz: Ventil Verlag, 2015).
  • "Introduction: Towards a Politics of Scale" (with Janelle Blankenship) in: Janelle Blankenship and Tobias Nagl, (eds.), European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015)
  • "Veit Helmer's Tuvalu, Cinema Babel and the (Dis-)Location of Europe" (with Janelle Blankenship), in: Janelle Blankenship and Tobias Nagl, (eds.), European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2015)
  • "Policing Race: Postcolonial Critique, Censorship and Regulatory Responses to the Cinema in Weimar Film Culture," in: Malte Hagener (ed.), The Emergence of Film Culture: Knowlege Production, Institution Building, and the Fate of the Avant-garde in Europe, 1919-1945 (Oxford/New York: Berghahn, 2014)
  • "Afrolisation (Blueberry Hill Dub)" in: Daniel Kojo Schrade, Philip Metz (ed.), AfroSat-1 (Berlin: Revolver, 2012)
  • "March 6, 1920, Chinese Students in Berlin raise charges of racism against Joe May's Die Herrin der Welt, in: Jennifer M. Kapczynski and Michael Richardson (eds.), A New History of German Cinema (Rochester: Camden House, 2012)
  • "'So Much Tenderness': Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Gunther Kaufmann, and the Ambivalences of Interracial Desire" (co-authored with Janelle Blankenship), in: Brigitte Peucher (ed.), A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2012)
  • DVD Audio commentary (with Angelica Fenner), Toxi (Amherst: Defa Film Library, 2011).
  • "'Sonst waren wir den Weg gegangen wie alle anderen': Afro-deutsche Komparsen, Zeugenschaft und das Archiv der deutschen Filmgeschichte" ['Or we would have gone the way of all the others': Afro-German bit players, testimony and the archive of German film history] in: Claudia Bruns, Arsal Dardan and Anette Dietrich (eds.), "Welchen der Steine du best": Filmische Erinnerungen an den Holocaust ['Whichever Stone You Lift': Filmic Rmemberance of the Holocaust] (Berlin: Bertz+Fischer, 2011)
  • "Projecting Desire, Rewriting Cinematic Memory: Gender and German Reconstruction in Fraulein, ein Deutsches Melodrama," in: Roy Grundmann (ed.), A Companion to Michael Haneke, (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2010)
  • “The Aesthetics of Race in European Film Theory”, in: Trifonova Temenuga (ed.), European Film Theory (London: New York: Routledge, 2009)
  • “Louis Brody and the Black Presence in German Film before 1945. A Biographical Sketch," in: Patricia Mazon and Reinhild Steingrover (eds.), Not So Plain As Black Or White. Afro-German Culture and History, 1890-2000 (Rochester: Rochester UP, 2005)

    Tobias Nagl's work as a journalist and cultural critic has been published in Spiegel Online, die tageszeitung, Spex, epd film, konkret, Berliner Zeitung, jungle world, Suddeutsche Zeitung, die beute.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Willy Haas Prize (2009)
  • USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, University of Western Ontario, 2008-2009
  • Smallman Research Fund, University of Western Ontario, 2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute Washington D. C., 2007
  • Karl H. Ditze Foundation Dissertation Award, 2006