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Focus Areas

The research group comprises three projects, which are brought together in an overarching comparison with regard to research data, digital tools and media aesthetics.

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Focus area 1 explores the various jobs in early film industries and how they have changed over time. Drawing on the research data of the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (DFF) and the Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) it seeks to rediscover and visualize the impact of women that has been overlooked in film history due to gender biases, film theoretical concepts, and politics. Thereby diagrams and statistics as well as network analysis are applied. (Dr. Sarah-Mai Dang) 

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Focus area 2 examines "unhistoricized women", more precisely the term "beautiful failures" and the reasons why women had to quit their involvement in the early film industry in Germany. In addition, it deals with the geneaology of blind spots inherent to film history with regard to the potentials of data essays as digital form of research data representations. To this end, it will refer to data and sources from the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (DFF). (Marlene Leonie Biebricher, M.A.)

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Focus area 3 concentrates on biographies and networks of mostly unknown women filmmakers in the United States to conduct a prosopographical research. For this purpose, data and sources of the digital platform Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) will be analyzed and visualized, e.g. via interactive web documentations (i-docs), which are becoming increasingly important as an alternative form of reflection in the artistic-academic environment.