Steiner, Tobias

Tobias Steiner studied American Studies and Television Studies in Hamburg (UHH) and London (Birkbeck, U of London).

He now is a PhD candidate at Universität Hamburg’s Department of English and American Studies. His PhD project (working title: “US Television’s (Hi)Stories of Transnational Pasts: Serial TV Drama as Medium of Cultural Memory”) focuses on an integration of the televisual medium into the context of Cultural Memory Studies through an analysis of  US-American television series.

Parallel to that, he works as a research fellow at Universität Hamburg’s Universitätskolleg, and has been teaching American Television history at the university’s Department for Media and Communications.

Tobias currently acts as postgraduate representative of ECREA’s Television Studies section and is enthusiastic about all things Complex television, both as a fan and a Cultural Studies-focused academic.

  • BA American Studies, University of Hamburg
  • MA Television Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
    • MA dissertation: “Dealing with a Nation’s Trauma: Allegories on 9/11 in Contemporary U.S. Television Drama Narratives and the case of ‘Homeland'”, accessible at

Areas of Research

Cultural Studies, Television Studies, American Studies, Cultural Memory Studies, Television and Society, Visual Media and Culture, Media Convergence, Transmedia Storytelling

Member in the following associations:


“Nazi flags on Times Square! Obverted Nostalgia and the Renegotiation of Cultural Memory in popular U.S. Alternate History TV drama”, Nov 10, 2016 @ GHIL workshop Pop Nostalgia: The Uses of the Past in Popular Culture, German Historical Institute London, UK. [Program: GHIL conference program]

“Variations on a Theme: Nordic Noir, Bron/Broen, and Glocalization”, June 22, 2015 @TV in the Age of Transnationalisation and Transmedialisation, University of Roehampton, London, UK. Organized by ECREA Television Studies section and the Media Across Borders network. [Program: Program]

“Blockbuster Tales of Days Past! Renegotiation of History in Fictional U.S. TV Drama from the 1940s up to today”, June 19, 2015 @9th NECS Conference, Łódź, Poland.

“Historiographie mal anders? Verhandlung von Geschichte in fiktionalen US-Fernsehformaten von den 1940ern bis heute”, March 31, 2015 @28. Film- und Fernsehwissenschaftliches Kolloquium, University of Mannheim.
[Program: 28. FFK, Mannheim | Abstract: FFK Abstracts]

“‘I can’t let that happen again’: Trauma, TV and the Cultural Forum – Allegories on 9/11 in US Television Drama” – Part of the Lecture Series Life/Rupture: Conflict Resolution and the Poetics of (Dis)Continuity, Jan 15, 2015 at University of Hamburg.

“US Television’s (Hi)Stories of Transnational Pasts: Serielles US-Fernsehdrama als Medium des Kulturellen Gedächtnisses und eine kurze Geschichte der Geschichte im Fernsehen” (18.11.2014). PhD project presentation @Kolloquium der FFF (Arbeitsstelle Film- und Fernsehforschung), Hamburg.

“‘See It Now!’ Eine Geschichte der Geschichte in fiktionalen US-Fernsehformaten”, Dec 12/13, 2014 @10. medienwissenschaftliches Kolloquium des Nordverbunds, University of Hamburg. [Program]

“Serial TV Drama as Medium of Cultural Memory and the History of History on TV”, Oct 11, 2014 @PGF of the DGfA, University of Mainz


Seminar: “TV or not TV? Historical Development of US American Serial Television from the 1950s up to today // Historische Entwicklung US-amerikanischer Fernsehserien von 1950 bis heute”, Winter semester 2013/14.


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