Christian David Zeitz

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Angelica Fenner


Christian David Zeitz holds a BA and MA in English and Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Cologne, where he also worked as an editorial assistant and reviews editor for the peer-reviewed e-publication gender forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His dissertation draws on recent theories of posthumanism so as to rethink the status and significance of Orientalism and Islamophobia in contemporary German-language television and post-television narratives. His other, broader research interests and expertise revolve around theories of media and culture, intersections between the postcolonial and the posthuman, as well as questions of popular culture and cultural representation, specifically as they pertain to the politics and aesthetics of contemporary German & European (TV and streaming) series.

Selected Work


  • 2021 Robert Lantos Cinema Studies Scholarship
  • 2021 Mary H. Beatty Fellowship
  • 2021 DAAD-Scholarship Kolleg Europa “Sustainable Europe”
  • 2020 Faculty of Arts and Science Alumni & Friends Graduate Scholarship
  • 2018-2021 University of Toronto Fellowship Stipend
  • 2016-2018 a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne Research Master
  • 2015 Erasmus+ Mobility Grant


MA, University of Cologne
BA, University of Cologne