Dr. Tarja Laine is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam since 2004, giving classes on film theory and aesthetics, among other things. She studied Film and Television Studies at the University of Turku (Finland) including a minor in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. In 2004, she received her PhD in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Shame and Desire: Emotion, Intersubjectivity, Cinema (Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2007), and her essays on the emotional and sensual experience of the film spectator have been published in various film journals and edited collections, such as Studies of European Cinema, New Review of Film and Television Studies, PostScript, Film and Philosophy and CineAction. Her current research interests include cinema and the philosophy of mind and body.