Julian Hanich is associate professor for film studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands. In 2010 and 2011 he was a visiting professor in media studies at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, parallel to a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion” at the Freie Universität Berlin. He held teaching positions in film and media studies at the Free University Berlin, the University of Potsdam and the International Film School Cologne from 2006 to 2010.
Hanich’s research focuses on film and emotion, the cinema as a site of collective experience, film-phenomenology, genre and reception theory. He is the author of Cinematic Emotion in Horror Films and Thrillers. The Aesthetic Paradox of Pleasurable Fear (2010). In 2017, his new book The Audience Effect: On the Collective Cinema Experience was published.