Wolfgang Fuhrmann

Wolfgang Fuhrmann is a researcher and lecturer in Film Studies. He received his PhD in Film Studies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Prior to that he completed a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2008 he was Senior Researcher in the German Research Society (DFG) project 'Film and Ethnography in Germany, 1900-1930' at the University of Kassel, Germany. From 2008 until 2017, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Film at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. From 2011 to 2017 he was Co-President of the Association of Doctoral Students, Post-Doctoral Students and Scientific Employees of the University of Zurich (VAUZ). Additionally, he was visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2008 and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. He has worked as a professorial lecturer at several universities in Germany, Switzerland and the Americas.


Research interests                                                         


The Anthropocene in Latin American cinema

Post/colonialism in German television and cinema

Documentary and ethnographic film history in German cinema

Transnational relations between Germany and Latin America

Early Film Studies

Transnational Historiography


Publications (selection):



2019 (with Marius Kuhn). ‘Transnationales Kino’. Montage AV, vol. 28/1.

2015. Imperial Projections. Screening the German Colonies. New York, London: Berghahn Books.


Jornal articles and book chapters (selection)

2022. ‘1917 – Die Deutsche Kolonial Filmgesellschaft (Deuko) bezieht ihre Räume in der Friedrichstraße’. In: N. Bayer and M. Terkessidis (eds.), Die Postkoloniale Stadt lese: Historische Erkundungen in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag, p. 227-236.

2022. ‘German films in Brazil: Immigration, associations and national film culture.’ In: K. Egan, M. Smith, and J. Terrill, Researching Historical Screen Audiences. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 86-101.

2021.‘A dónde va el cine colombiano: reflexiones entre las perspectivas nacional y transnacional’. In: Asociación Colombiana de Historiadores (eds.), Memorias: XIX Congreso Colombiano de Historia, Bogotá (Mesa 31: Cine colombiano: historia y representación de un país filmado), p. 23-28.

2021.‘Sueños en blanco y negro: La expansión de la Ufa en Brasil y América Latina’. In: Secuencias. Revista de historia del cine, no.52, 2021, p. 57-76. Available:

2021. ‘Guter Ruf und große Pläne. Die Ufa in Lateinamerika 1919–1942’. In: Philipp Stiasny, Jürgen Kasten, Frederik Lang (eds), Ufa international. Ein deutscher Filmkonzern mit globalen Ambitionen. München: edition text und kritik, 2021, p. 73-90.

2020. ‘The restauration of a colonial memory in German cinema of the 1950s/60s’. In: Janne Lahti and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (eds), Cinematic. Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film, London: Routledge 2020, p. 87-98.

2020. ‘Der Weg nach Rio in Brazil: Histoire Croisée, Public Diplomacy and Film-Historical Research’. TMG Journal for Media History 23 (1-2), 2020: p. 1–27. Available:

2020. 'K.M. Eckstein: Uma biografia cinéfila entre a televisão alemã e o Cinema Novo'. In: SOCINE (ed.) Anais de Textos Completos do XXIII Encontro Sociedade Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual (SOCINE) 2019. Saõ Paulo: Socine 2020, p. 1043-1049.

2019. ‘Kino in Zeiten des Post(?)konflikts in Kolumbien‘, Filmbulletin 6, 2019: p. 22-23.

2018. ‘Modernidade e a nova vida: Brasil no cinema alemão nos anos 50 e 60’. In: SOCINE (ed.), Anais de Textos Completos do XXI Encontro Sociedade Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual (SOCINE) 2017. Saõ Paulo: Socine 2018, p. 316-321.

2017. ‘Alemanha-Brasil: Uma historiografia do cinema transnacional’. In: SOCINE (ed.), Anais de Textos Completos do XX Encontro Sociedade Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual  (SOCINE) 2016. São Paulo: Socine 2017, p. 1082-1090.


Research project as CALAS Fellow

Title: The Anthropocene as a filmic space in Latin American cinema

Abstract: The relationship between cinema and the Anthropocene has become the focus of film studies research in recent years. However, it is a topic which is still under-researched in aesthetic and historical terms in Latin American film historiography. Starting from the selected documentation and filmography, the project seeks to understand the historical and aesthetic representation of the Anthropocene in the documentary field and in Latin American short and feature films since the second half of the twentieth century. This project aims to account for these productions both in their context of production and their distribution/exhibition. Anthropocene in cinema does not only mean to reason with the filmic text of a film, but also to understand cinema as a place of production in relation to the environment. Urban and rural regions do not only tell stories in specific settings, but are also locations in which the realization of a film production consumes enormous natural resources and transforms the place. In this sense, the project wants to contribute to a deeper understanding of the Anthropocene by adding the aspect of visual history. A film series presenting a selection of films dealing with the Anthropocene is part of the project's work.