Dr. Steffen Hven


Steffen Hven received his doctoral degree at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in 2015. His dissertation is due to appear in 2016 at the Amsterdam University Press as part of the series Film Culture in Transition under the title “Cinema and Narrative Complexity: Embodying the Fabula”. The book’s central concept, of the ‘embodied fabula,’ brings together two opposed approaches to film – (Deleuzian) film-philosophy and cognitive film theory –, in the process providing a novel framework for the study of cinema. He received his MA in dramaturgy, film and television studies from Aarhus University in 2010, which also comprises a research stay at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul. He has presented his research at several internationally renowned film and media conferences, amongst others at the 2015 annual conferences of the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) in Montreal and the SCSMI (Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image) in London. Moreover, he has been awarded various scholarships, including a scholarship for his doctoral studies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar from the state of Thuringia [Thüringer Graduiertenförderung]. He is currently working on a research project provisionally entitled “Cinema and Narration: Towards an Embodied and Media-Philosophical Approach”. In this research project, Steffen Hven proposes a new theory of cinematic narration based conjointly on the idea of ‘embodiment’ – as it is chiefly associated with the philosophy of mind, cognitive sciences and affective neurosciences – and the concept of ‘anthropomedial relations’ [anthropomediale Relationen]; a neologism originating from, and studied at, the research institute KOMA (Kompetenzzentrum Medienanthropologie).



Cinema and Narrative Complexity: Embodying the Fabula (Series: Film Culture in Transition, ed. Thomas Elsaesser), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (forth. 2016). ISBN: 9789462980448.

Articles (Selection)

“Narrative is not in us; but it is we who move in a Being-Narrative, a World-narrative” in Thinking Reality and Time through Film (e-book), Lisbon: University of Lisbon (forth. 2016).

“Narrative Comprehension Revisited: Memento and the Embodied Fabula” in ACTA Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, De Gruyter Open (forth. 2015).

“Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema” in New Review of Film and Television, vol. 13, issue 4, pp. 448-452, pp. Taylor and Francis (doi:10.1080/17400309.2015.10585557), 2015 (review article).

“En farlig vej” in 16:9: Online Film Journal, vol. 10, issue 43, (2012) < http://www.16-9.dk/2012-02/side06_feature3.htm>.

“Interview: Thomas Vinterberg” in 16:9: Online Film Journal, vol. 8, issue 36, (2010) <http://www.16-9.dk/2010-04/side06_feature3.htm>.

“Det hvide band [Das weiße Band]” in 16: 9: Online Film Journal, vol. 7, issue 34, (2009) < http://www.16-9.dk/2009-11/side08_filmanmeldelse.htm>.

Contact details:

Dr. Steffen Hven
Hauptstr. 5H
10317 Berlin