Johannes Pause is a research scientist specializing in film and media studies. The principal areas covered in his research include political cinema, populism and film, the temporality of literature and film, methods of computer-aided film analysis, and the cultural and imaginational history of isolation and sensory deprivation.

Johannes is currently working at the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences and is a member of the Institute of German Studies at the University of Luxembourg. After being awarded a PhD by the Freie Universität Berlin in 2008, Johannes held positions as a research associate at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Transnational Media Events from Early Modern Times to the Present” of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen and at the “Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum (HKFZ)” of the University of Trier, where he explored cultural theories of space and knowledge. From 2014 to 2017, he was a research assistant at the Dresden ERC research group “The Principle of Disruption. A Figure Reflecting Complex Societies.” During this time, he temporarily taught German Studies as a visiting fellow at the University of Xiamen (China), and was appointed interim Professor of Media Studies at the University of Mannheim.


Together with Niels-Oliver Walkowski, he founded the working group Film and Video of the Association for Digital Humanities in German Speaking Countries (DHd), as well as the FHSE publishing initiative Melusina Press. As a co-founder of the FHSE Innovative Learning & Teaching Initiativ (ILTI project), his primary tasks include the development of methods and infrastructures for the use of digital media in higher education of the 21st century.


Johannes authored the volume “Texturen der Zeit. Zum Wandel ästhetischer Zeitkonzepte in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur” (Köln: Böhlau 2012), which analyzes reflections on time in German-language novels since 1990. His most recent editorships include the compilation volumes “Disruptions in the Arts” (Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2018, in association with Lars Koch and Tobias Nanz), and “Medialisierungen der Macht. Filmische Inszenierungen politischer Praxis” (München: Fink 2018, in association with Irina Gradinari and Nikolas Immer). He is currently working on a book about the political crime film.


Research interests
Media Studies
German Literature
Film Studies
Cultural Tehory
Political Film
Sensory Deprivation
Scalable Viewing
Blended Learning

Latest content Johannes Pause took part in

The Ends of the Humanities
An international network and conference for the scholarly analysis of technological change
Self and Society in the Corona Crisis
The corona crisis has put a spotlight on the importance of science in modern societies. But not only medicine and the ‘hard’ sciences, also the humanities and social sciences are called for: which kinds of political rationality determine action in the global crisis? How does ‘Corona’ influence our understanding of borders, migration and international relations? How can we learn from the past? What are the challenges we face in organizing everyday life, teaching and research, art and culture, or in dealing with ourselves? And can digital technologies help us to compensate for the negative effects of the crisis?
How can digital media be used in higher education of the 21st century?
The daily use of digital media is part of our lives and became a key componement of many acivities. Education is one them. Instead of focusing on the technology , the research initiative ILTI (Innovative Learning & Teaching Initiative) is looking at small case studies to understand how to best use digital media in contemporary Education.