Skadi Loist is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher for Media Studies at the Institute for Media Research at the University of Rostock (IMF). She obtained her PhD with a thesis titled “Queer Film Culture: Performative Aspects of LGBT/Q Film Festivals” (2015) from the University of Hamburg, where she worked at the Department of Media and Communications (2008-2013).
Her research is concerned with recent developments in film and media industries, cultural studies and gender/queer studies with a focus on film festivals and queer cinema. Recent projects include “Who directs German feature films: Gender report 2009-2013” (with Elizabeth Prommer, 2015) and Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice (a textbook edited with Marijke de Valck & Brendan Kredell, Routledge 2016). Her work has been published in German and English in Screen, NECSUS, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Scope, Diogène and numerous edited volumes. She is co-editor of Sexy Media? Gender/Queertheoretische Analysen in den Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften (with Sigrid Kannengießer & Joan K. Bleicher, transcript 2013) and Bildschön: 20 Jahre Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg (with Dorotheé von Diepenbroick, Männerscharm 2009).
Together with Marijke de Valck she founded the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN) in 2008, which connects more than 550 researchers and practitioners in the field. She serves as member of the Steering Committee of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), is a founding member of the NECS workgroup “Film Festival Research” (2008-), was inaugural co-chair of the “Film & Media Festivals” Scholarly Interest Group at SCMS (2011-2013), is inaugural co-chair of the “AG Medienindustrien” of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) (2012-), and serves as co-editor of the Festival Review section of NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies.
Outside the academy, Skadi works with the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival and Querbild e.V., the organization behind the Filmtage.