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Dr. Keyvan Sarkhosh


Dr. Keyvan Sarkhosh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt.


He studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Social Anthropology at the University of Münster and obtained his PhD from the University of Vienna, with a thesis on the films of Nicolas Roeg. He was a research fellow at the Department of German Studies at the University of Münster/Germany (2006-2009) and at the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna/Austria (2009-2013).


He joined the newly founded Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics as a film scholar in 2013. The main focus of his current research is on the aesthetics and experience of film and the relationship between high and popular culture.


His monograph Kino der Unordnung. Filmische Narration und Weltkonstitution bei Nicolas Roeg (transcript 2014) is the first major book in German on the British director and his films and examines, among others, the role of scientific and technical concepts of time and realism as an explanatory basis for the narrative structures of Roeg’s films.