Nikita Mathias

PhD candidate with external funding
Room GS513
Visiting address 0313 OSLO : Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

The Sublime, Cinema and Film Studies, Landscape Painting, Media History, Immersion, Aesthetics


Working title: Mediations of the Sublime: Disaster Cinema and its Historical Formation

Carried out for Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany, and Universitet i Oslo within the framework of a Cotutuelle Agreement

Supervisors: Prof. Ina Blom (UiO), Prof. Georg Braungart (University of Tuebingen)


  • Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Art History at Heinrich Heine University of Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Postgraduate studies in Book and Media Practice at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt on the Main, Germany
  • Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Theory at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • Studies abroad (2 semesters) at University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa
  • Research assistant position for ca. 3 years at University of Tuebingen (in particular within the research project Poetics of Nature. The Literary History of Geology)
  • Various internships and freelance positions within the fields of journalism, publishing, museum and theatre
  • Scholarship for studies abroad from the Landesstiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Doctoral scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


Journal articles:

  • Between Art Academy and Entertainment Culture: Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, John Martin, and the Sublime, in: Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, vol. 5 (2016).
  • Between Immersion and Media Reflexivity: Virtual Travel Media in the 19th Century, in: International Journal of Film and Media Arts, vol. 1, no. 2 (2016) 
  • The Digital Discotheque. Club Events in the Internet Age, in: Cinergie, vol. 9 (Total Entertainment: Reviewing Disco Music, 2016). 

Conference Papers:

  • “The sea was absent completely” – Virtual Travel Media of the 19th Century between Immersion and Media Reflexivity, 22nd Annual German Studies Graduate Conference: Schwalbenflug: Migration and Movement in Languages, Arts, and Sciences, February 20-21, 2015, University of Virginia.

  • „It is gonna send us back to the stoneage!“: Kapitalistische Moderne und Naturgeschichte, das Anthropozän und das Transhumane in Godzilla (2014), Conference: Monster und Kapitalismus, May 7-9, 2015, PhD-Net ‘Das Wissen der Literatur’, Humboldt University Berlin.

  • Between Immersion and Media Reflexivity: Virtual Travel Media in the 19th Century, International Conference: Stereo & Immersive Media, October 7-9, 2015, University Lusófona, Lisbon.

  • Reflections on the Sublime: Cinematic Thinking in Jan de Bont’s Twister, International Conference: Film-Philosophy: Prospects, Directions and New Perspectives, January 5-7, 2016, Film and Television Department, Tel Aviv University


  • Between Art Academy and Spectacle Industry: Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg and John Martin, Presentation at Kunsthistorisk Forening Olso, March 9, 2016.   


Tags: Art History, Media History, Landscape painting, Cinema and Film Studies, Immersion, Aesthetics
Published Apr. 1, 2016 10:09 AM - Last modified May 30, 2017 12:42 PM