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The focus of the research area “AV Cultures” is the medial organisation and aesthetics of audiovisual productions, as well as their use by different actors. In a combination of different disciplinary perspectives and various methods and procedures, research is conducted into how the perception and use of audiovisual productions contribute to the social and institutional organisation of audiovisual cultures.

In doing so, we are particularly interested in interconnecting two different approaches and thus methodically and systematically expanding the study of audiovisual cultures in the respective disciplines: i.e. relating object-oriented media research, as established in film and media studies, art studies and historical research, with actor-centred media research, as practised in the social sciences.

The aim of the network is to make the strengths of both fields fruitful for the different disciplines in dialogue. The overarching horizon of the joint research is to draw conclusions about the influence of audiovisual media on the process of political and aesthetic communalisation.

Labs in the main research area „AV-Cultures“

Research projects in the main research area „AV-Cultures“

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Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse

The research and evaluation of long-term film-aesthetic educational processes Team: Dr. Bettina Henzler Funding: EU (Erasmus+) From 2022 to 2024, the University of Bremen has been a partner in the international film education project Le cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse, funded by the European Union within the framework of Erasmus+. The focus is on a (…)

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Film Comedy after the Third Reich: On the political Aesthetics of Entertainment in Defector Films

Team: PD Dr. Rasmus Greiner, Tatiana Astafeva M.A. Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) Contact: film-history@uni-bremen.de The project aims to research German feature films from 1944/45 that were not completed or premiered until after the end of the Second World War. These approximately 60 defector films are of disproportionate importance for film theory and (film) history. (…)

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Digital Curating: Visual History of the Holocaust

The project “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age” is being funded as an Innovation Action with around 5 million euros as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. The project will run for four years, starting in January 2019. The Holocaust is a central point of reference in European history (…)