Summer 2019


Prof. Robert von Dassanowsky

Professor Robert von Dassanowsky is Professor of German and Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program, and co-director of the European Studies Certificate at the University of Colorado.


Dr. Robert von Dassanowsky


Robert von Dassanowsky is Professor of German and Film Studies, Director of the Film Studies Program, and co-director of the European Studies Certificate. He received his PhD at UCLA and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the AFI Conservatory. His research and instruction areas in film studies and media arts includes Austrian, German, and Central European cinema; British and American film; neorealism, surrealism, and neodecadence in Italian film; cinema of the 1960s; Western European and American popular culture; propaganda film; women filmmakers; postmodernism. Prof. Dassanowsky was founding vice president of the International Alexander Lernet-Holenia Society and founding director of the Colorado chapter of PEN USA, is an award-winning playwright, has written for television, and serves on several festival, editorial, and publication boards. He is also active as an independent film producer with his company Belvedere Film. See IMDB for details. Prof. Dassanowsky was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2001 and currently serves as a U.S. delegate to the organization. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) London in 2007, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2010, and an honorary member of the Austrian Academy of Film in 2011. He currently serves as vice president of the Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association (MALCA). On campus he is the co-founder and faculty advisor of the Annual UCCS Student Short Film Festival and Awards and technical coordinator for the biennial Intersections Film Festival (IFF) which explores the cinema of Turkey, the Arab Middle East and North Africa. He is the external reviewer for the Transatlantic (US/EU) Masters in Cinema and Language at Virginia Commonwealth University, an Atlantis Project of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.


As the 2018 Salzburg Institute Visiting Scholar, Prof. von Dassanowsky will give two lectures as part of the University of Salzburg’s Salzburger Hochschulwochen Lecture Series. For a detailed program of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen lecture series visit their website. For more information on Prof. von Dassanowsky’s scholarship, see his University of Colorado website.


Previous Salzburg Institute presenters at the Salzburger Hochschulwochen have included Prof. Dr. Yaakov Ariel (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Zimmermann (Trinity Western University and Salzburg Institute Scholar-in-Residence), Prof. Dr. Mark Roche (University of Notre Dame), Prof. Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner (Salzburg Institute), and Prof. Dr. Russell Berman (Stanford University). For more information on the Salzburg Institute’s involvement with the Salzburger Hoschschulwochen Lecture Series click here.