Dr Verena Von Eicken

Job title

Verena von Eicken is a lecturer at the School of Film & Television. She was awarded her PhD in Theatre, Film and Television from the University of York in 2015, where she also taught film and television studies.

Her research interests include contemporary German cinema, gender and film, representations of the past in film and television and the figure of the film actor as both performer and star.

Verena is currently writing a book based on her PhD research, entitled The German Actress - Performing 'Germanness' from Marlene Dietrich to Nina Hoss. Her recent publications include the chapter German-Turkish Identity in Fatih Akin’s Head-On: Transgressing Gender Boundaries, Redefining Home and Belonging, in Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging (De Guyter, 2015) and the journal article Masculinity in Crisis? - What a Man (2011) and the German 'relationship comedy', New Cinemas12: 1+2, pp. 79–96 (2004).


YearQualificationAwarding body
PhD in Film Studies
University of York
MA in Cinema, Television and Society
University of York
BA in Arts and Culture
Maastricht University

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Contemporary German Cinema 
  • Gender and Film 
  • Representations of the Past in Film and Television
  • Film Acting
  • Film and Television Genres



Areas of teaching

British Television
Gender and Film

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Film