Silvia Bahl studied Media and Culture Studies (BA) and Media Culture Analysis (MA) at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf from 2009-2014. She subsequently worked as research fellow in the interdisciplinary research project “Wiederkehr der Folter?/Return of Torture?” where she realized an autonomous empirical study on affective modes of film reception in a media related sub-project. From 2014-2018 she was a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Media and Culture Studies in Düsseldorf and held BA and MA seminars in the fields of Film Studies, Aesthetics, Conflict and Violence Research, Interculturality, Culture of Memory, Media Ecology and Psychoanalysis. Besides her academic work she is a film curator at Filmkunstkinos Düsseldorf since 2010 and participated as a jury member for the International Confederation of Art Cinemas in the official Berlinale competition, the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival. Since 2018 she also works as a film critic for Filmdienst.