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Dr. J.F. (Jacob) Engelberg

Faculty of Humanities
Departement Mediastudies

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Dr Jacob Engelberg is Assistant Professor of Film, Media, and Culture at the University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. He completed a BA in English Literature and Film Studies and an MA in Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, and completed a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London.

    Dr Engelberg's research considers the relations between sexuality and the cinema, specifically as these pertain to epistemology, hermeneutics, historiography, and form. He is particularly interested in the affordances of bisexual theory in approaching questions of cinematic sexuality. He has also completed research into pornographic film, articulations of Jewishness in transnational cinemas, and the cinema of Ingmar Bergman.

    Dr Engelberg's work has appeared in the Journal of Bisexuality and Porn Studies, where he is editing a special collection on bisexuality and pornography. He also has chapters under contract with Routledge, Wiley-Blackwell, Intellect, and Liverpool University Press. He is currently completing a monograph proposing the theoretical utility of cinematic figures of bisexual transgression for queer film studies.

  • Publications


    • Engelberg, J. F. (2024). Bisexual and Transgender Potentialities in Pornographic Spectatorship. Porn Studies, 12(2).
    • Engelberg, J. F. (2024). Call Me Bi Any Other Name: Anal Monstration, Formal Bisexualization, Gay Indigestion. In Call Me by Your Name: Perspectives on the Film (pp. 198-224). (Trajectories of Italian Cinema and Media). Intellect.




    • Engelberg, J. F. (2018). “How Could any One Relationship Ever Possibly be Fulfilling?”: Bisexuality, Nonmonogamy, and the Visualization of Desire in the Cinema of Gregg Araki. Journal of Bisexuality, 18(1), 102-117.


    • Engelberg, J. F., Lawton, S., & Shaw, J. (2021). The Futile Search for 'Physiological Evidence' of Male Bisexuality: A Response to Jabbour et al. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 12(2), 31-34.


    • Engelberg, J. (2023). The Affordances of the Bisexual Triangle. Paper presented at World Picture Conference 2023, Berlin, Germany.
    • Engelberg, J. F. (2023). Alluring Confoundment: Bisexual and Transgender Transgressions in Neo-noir and Erotic Thriller Cinemas. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2023, Denver, Colorado, United States.


    • Engelberg, J. (2022). Bisexual Invisibility on Film; or, Monosexual Hermeneutics in Film Spectatorship. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2022.


    • Engelberg, J. F. (2021). She Must Be Seeing Men: Bisexual Threat, Lesbian Paranoia, and the Troubling of Monosexual Signification in She Must Be Seeing Things (1987). Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference 2021.


    • Engelberg, J. F. (2019). Critical Stakes: Bisexualising Cinema’s Les(bi)an Vampires.. Paper presented at Queer Conversations: Looking to Art History and Visual Culture, London, United Kingdom.
    • Engelberg, J. F. (2019). Rehistoricising Female Vampires of 1970s British Cinema: Bisexuality, Antisemitism, and Xenophobia. Paper presented at 5th European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.


    • Engelberg, J. F. (2016). Bisexuality and Polyamory in the Cinema of Gregg Araki. Paper presented at The European Bisexual Research Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Membership / relevant position

    • Engelberg, J. (2023). Research School for Media Studies.
    • Engelberg, J. (2023). Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis.

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