Sascha Hosters

PhD, Alumni, Rutgers School of Graduate Studies, Class of 2018

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The Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures

Cinema Studies Program



Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Ph.D. Department of German, Media Studies, Cinema Studies
Thesis: Short Circuits of Reality: Reproducibility, Simulation and Technical Images

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Master of Arts, Department of German, Media Studies, Cinema Studies
Thesis: The Legacy of Silent Cinema in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard

University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, Political Science
Thesis: The Concept of the digital Public Sphere in Global Social Networks exemplified by Facebook


Max Kade Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Max Kade Foundation, 2017-2018

Professional Development Fund Award, Rutgers University, 2016

Mellon Summer Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2015

Max Kade Graduate Fellowship, Max Kade Foundation, 2012

Excellence Fellowship of the Graduate School, Rutgers University, 2010


Art and Art History


Digital Humanities

Film and Film History

Game Studies

German History / Studies

Journalism and Media Studies

Media Theory


Grammatikopoulos, D., Hosters, S. (2014) Simulation and the Perception of Space in Grand Theft Auto V. Virtual Topographies: Los Angeles in Media, Konstanz Journal of Media Studies, 59, 71-80

(forthcoming) Hosters, S., Roesler-Keilholz, S. (2020) Of Course a Horse… Or: About Fashion, Film, Horses and other Desires in the Pandemic Summer. Messages from the Association of Advertising Studies Regensburg. 08/2020


Pohl, K., Hufer, K.P; Hosters, S. (2016) An Interview with Oskar Negt. International Labor and Working-Class History, 90, 203-207
Belobrovaja, Marina; Hosters, S. (2012) The DNA-Project. Vienna: Bucher


The Aesthetics of Simulation in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Welt am Draht.” Harvard University, Cambridge. 2019.

Artificial Eyes/I’s - “Blade Runner, The Final Cut”. Let’s Talk about Water Film and Water Festival, Delft, Netherlands. 2019.

Shock and Projection in Michael Haneke’s “Caché”. Shock. Rutgers University. 2018.

The Aesthetics of Simulation in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Welt am Draht”. Visualizing Theory, An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory. The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. 2018.

The Image as Projectile: Unstable Images in Michael Haneke’s “Caché”. Mediating the Modern: Sound/Image/Text. University of Michigan. 2017.

From Cave-Paintings to Techno-Imagination: Rethinking History and Images in Vilém Flusser’s Media Theory. Rutgers University. 2016.

Medial Interdependencies in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. Rutgers University. 2014.


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, September 2015 - January 2017
Instructor, Department of English, Writing Program

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, September 2012 - May 2015
Instructor, Department of German

University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany, October 2008 - May 2009
Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History


Member, Modern Language Association, 2015
Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2015
Member, German Studies Association, 2015


Film, Photography & Video, Music, Tennis