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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 DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum 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 DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum. (Marlene Leonie Biebricher, M.A.)

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Focus area 3 examines the structures of knowledge production in the Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP). Through analyzing the development and maintenance of the WFPP‘s digital platform, the project seeks to understand the pragmatics of developing a database for feminist film historiography. By developing situated data visualizations that entail data on both women film pioneers and the WFPP‘s many contributors, the project aims at visualizing the writing of feminist film historiography. (Pauline Junginger, M.A.)