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I studied Comparative Literature and American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Comparative Literature at the Université Saint-Denis Paris VIII and Cinema Studies at New York University.

I completed my PhD in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick in 2016. My research explored the way in which contemporary US and Chilean cinema portray factual torture cases, rendering certain aspects of this limit event visually or sensually experientable.

After an Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick – during which I forayed into academic podcast-making with an interdisciplinary roundtable on “Artificial Intelligence and Gender Trouble in Ex Machina and Humans” - I worked for two years as a research fellow at the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany, teaching film and new media theory.

Since September 2019 I am a Lecturer at King’s College London, teaching modules on World Cinema, Stardom & Performance and Contexts.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Ethics on Film, Political Cinema, Violence and Film, race, gender, class in film, Cultural Studies
  • Transnational Cinema, World Cinema, especially Cinema of the Southern Cone and the Middle East
  • Post-cinema, Film Theory and the body: haptics, embodied relations, affective communication
  • GIFs, digital media and film, Dispersed Agency

My research is always centered around ethical and political questions, from media representation and coverage to how film, through its affordances, may bring ethical questions into focus. This approach thus exceeds the analysis of representation to explore how cinema and post-cinematic objects and phenomena relate to and invite its audiences.

My research interests further include documentary film; popular culture, especially net culture and contemporary US television; film theory and film/philosophy; and the use of creative methodology in academic research, pedagogy and outreach.


In my teaching, I strive to convey my passion for the films, theories and objects we are studying. My goal is to foster an appreciation for the abilities of deep thinking and critical analysis in my students and to guide them towards developing a metacritical awareness of why and how they study. It is important for me to establish in each class an atmosphere of trust and respect. For me, teaching is about communication, which includes active listening. I enjoy working and learning and growing together with my students and other colleagues.

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Expertise and public engagement 

  • External examiner for Wytts University
  • Introduction to Film Series on German Female Directors at the Istituto Tedesco in Perugia, March 2019
  • Mentor at the mentoring programme of the University of Konstanz, 2018 - 2019
  • Advisory Committee (Beirat) at the University of Tübingen summer semester 2018 – winter term 2019
  • “Exploring Game Theory through Game Play,” workhop with Dr Ivan Girina, Lecturer for Game Design, Brunel University London) May 2018
  • Public lecture on Film & Torture, Science Pub Tübingen, April 2018
  • Workshop with students of all disciplines about Film and Violence: “History, ethics, and perpetrators in The Act of Killing” at the “Evangelisches Stift Tübingen” (Tübingen Monastery), December 2017

Selected publications

  • Jung, Berenike, and Stella Bruzzi, eds. Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain. London/New York: Routledge, 2019.
  • Jung, Berenike. The Invisibilities of Torture. Political Torture and Visual Evidence in U.S. and Chilean Fiction Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming.
  • Jung, Berenike. “Proto-Selfies in Prison: Spectacle, Invisibility, & the Normalcy of Exceptional Brutality, from Abu Ghraib to the prison-industrial complex,” in: Threat Communication and the US Order after 9/11: Medial Reflections, edited by Vanessa Ossa, David Scheu & Lukas Wilde. London/New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Jung, Berenike. “History, Fiction and the Politics of Corporeality in Pablo Larraín’s Dictatorship Trilogy.” In Film, History, and Memory, edited by Jennie Carlsten & Fearghal McGarry, 118-33. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.
  • Jung, Berenike. Narrating Violence in Post-9/11 Action Cinema. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010.