Dr. Steven Willemsen




Academic Education

2/2018Doctoral thesis,  University of Groningen, Netherlands
03/2013MA,  Research Master Literary & Cultural Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands
07/2010BA, Bachelor in Arts, Culture & Media, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Professional Experience

Since 10/2020Assistant Professor - Arts, Culture & Media, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
02/2019–09/2020Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
02/2018–01/2019Lecturer in Arts, Culture & Media, University of Groningen, Netherlands
06/2016–02/2018Visiting Research Scholar | University of California, Santa Barbara (U.S.)
2014Junior Lecturer, Arts, Culture & Media, University of Groningen, Netherlands
09/2009–07/2010Assistant Teacher, Dr. Nassau College Quintus


Journal Articles

Fayn, K., Willemsen, S., Muralikrishnan, R., Castaño Manias, B., Menninghaus, W., & Schlotz, W. (2021). Full throttle: Demonstrating the speed, accuracy, and validity of a new method for continuous two-dimensional self-report and annotation. Behavior Research Methods, 53 (3).  doi:10.3758/s13428-021-01616-3 

Willemsen, S., & Kiss, M. (2020). Keeping Track of Time: the role of spatial and embodied cognition in the comprehension of non-linear storyworlds. Style, 54(2), 172–198. doi:10.5325/style.54.2.0172

Willemsen, S., & Kiss, M. (2019). Last Year at Mulholland Drive: Ambiguous Framings and Framing Ambiguities. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 16 (1), 129–152.  doi:10.2478/ausfm-2019-0007

Willemsen, S., Kraglund, R. A., & Troscianko, E. T. (2018). Interpretation: Its Status as Object or Method of Study in Cognitive and Unnatural Narratology. Poetics Today, 39 (3), 597–622. doi:10.1215/03335372-7032774

Coëgnarts, M., Kiss, M., Kravanja, P., & Willemsen, S. (2016). Seeing Yourself in the Past: The Role of Situational (Dis)continuity and Conceptual Metaphor in the Understanding of Complex Cases of Character. Perception, 10(1), 114. doi:10.3167/proj.2016.100110

Willemsen, S., & Kiss, M. (2017). Resistance to Narrative in Narrative Fiction: Excessive Complexity in Quentin Dupieux’s Réalité (2014). Global Media Journal – Australian Edition, 11(1), 1–18. http://hdl.handle.net/11370/fee8a639-84af-4e8c-8664-ef5490c6abb5

Willemsen, S., & Kiss, M. (2013). Unsettling Melodies: a Cognitive Approach to Incongruent Film Music. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Film and Media Studies, 7(1), 169–183. doi:10.2478/ausfm-2014-0022




Kiss, M., & Willemsen, S. (2017). Impossible Puzzle Films. A Cognitive Approach to Contemporary Complex Cinema: Edinburgh University Press.

van den Oever, A., Kessler, F., Meers, P., Pisters, P., & Willemsen, S. (Eds.). (2016). Sleutelteksten in Film- en Mediatheorie - Deel 2: Klassieke en Moderne Filmtheorie. Nijmegen: In de Walvis.

van den Oever, A., Willemsen, S., Kessler, F., & Pisters, P. (Eds.). (2015). Sleutelteksten in Film- en Mediatheorie: De beginjaren van de film en de tijd van de avant-garde, 1896-1931: Deel 1. (Vol. Sleutelteksten in Film- en Mediatheorie; Vol. 1). Nijmegen: In de Walvis.


Book Chapters

Kiss, M. & Willemsen S. (2018). Wallowing in Dissonance: the Attractiveness of Impossible Puzzle Films. In Christie, I. & A. van den Oever (Eds.), Stories: Screen Narrative in the Digital Era. (pp.55–84).  Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 

Willemsen, S. (2016). The Widescreen Anamorphic Lens. In Fossati, G. & A. van den Oever (Eds.), Exposing the Film Apparatus: The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory. (pp. 109–117). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 

Willemsen, S. (2015). Paula van der Oest: Personal Approaches to Interpersonal Topics. In J. Nelmes, & J. Selbo (Eds.), Women Screenwriters: An International Guide. (pp. 506–508). Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. 

Willemsen S. & M. Kiss (2015). Unsettling Melodies: A Cognitive Approach to Incongruent Film Music [reprint]. In Á. Pethő (Ed.). The Cinema of Sensations. (pp. 103–120). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants

2014–2018Vollzeitstipendium finanziert des Forschungsinstituts Groningen für Kulturwissenschaft