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Aesthetics of Access (DAVIF)

BMBF Research Group: Aesthetics of Access. Visualizing Research Data on Women in Film History (DAVIF)

The goal of the independent research group funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to explore the aesthetics of access in light of the growing production and application of digital data in the context of women in film history. It investigates current forms of data-driven re/presentations and explores creative use of historical research data. In doing so, the project approaches the subject both from a theoretical and practical perspective. In addition to case studies, it creates and analyzes data visualizations that facilitate access to aggregated research data on women’s global involvement in early cinema (from around 1890 to 1920s). The Film and Media Studies project aims to contribute to a fruitful debate on digital tools and methods in the emerging field of digital film historiography. It thereby seeks to foster the critical discourse on scholarly knowledge production, research data, and open science.

Project Duration: April 2021 – March 2025
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sarah-Mai Dang


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