Patricia Pisters is professor of Media Studies (with specialization in Film Studies) at the University of Amsterdam. From 2015 until 2019 she was director of research of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) of the Faculty of Humanities. She is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW); of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW); and of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). From 2010 until 2013 she was chair of the department of Media Studies. Between 2011 and 2015 she was elected member of the steering committee of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). She is one of the founding editors of the peer reviewed Open Access Journal NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. With Bernd Herzogenrath she is series editor of Thinking I Media at Bloomsbury; with Wanda Strauven and Malte Hagener series editor of Film Culture in Transition at Amsterdam University Press. In 2019 she was Scholar in Residence at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Senior Fellow at Cinepoetics, Institute for Advanced Film Studies at the Freie Universitat in Berlin. Since 2022 she is member of the board of the Open Foundation and Extra Extra Magazine. As a film-philosopher her work investigates the idea of the brain as te screen in relation to neuroscience, psychiatry and psychedelics; another field of research invesitgates media ecologies, eco-critical media and elemental media. Her latest book is on the poetics of horror in the work of a new generation of women directors.