“Medienindustrien” Special Issue of Navigationen published

A volume with a focus on media industries, which I co-edited with Florian Krauß, has just been published as a special issue of the German-speaking journal Navigationen.

You can read our little blurb in English below.  The issue is available for download as open access issue.

Navigationen 2 (2018): MEDIA INDUSTRIES: Current Perspectives from German-speaking Media Studies

Media industries increasingly move to the center of attention in German-speaking Media Studies. Workshop and conference themes, research projects and links to the international field of Media Industry Studies are clear indicators. Are we on the brink of an “industry turn” in the German-speaking research context?

The previous assessment that Media Industry and Production Studies research is only be an Anglo-American phenomenon seems to be outdated.  This Navigationen issue collects recent work from German-speaking Media Studies and aims to close a gap, which the Media Industries workgroup of the German Media Studies association (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft) has been working against since its inception in 2012.  Including articles by workgroup members, the volume presents research areas such as the German television industry and its serial drama production, film marketing, film festivals, games and radio. Along with historical perspectives, current debates on gender equality are also raised.

Navigationen – Zeitschrift für Medien und Kulturwissenschaften, Vol. 18 (2018), Issue 2
MEDIENINDUSTRIEN. Aktuelle Perspektiven aus der deutschsprachigen Medienwissenschaft
Florian Krauß / Skadi Loist (Eds.)
Siegen: universi 2018, 199 pg.
ISSN 1619-1641

Queer Film Culture: Queer Cinema and Film Festivals conference

Preparations for the international conference “Queer Film Culture: Queer Cinema and Film Festivals” are already underway.  The conference is generously supported by the Körber Funds Nachwuchsforschung at the University of Hamburg and will take place 14-15 October 2014 in conjunction with the 25th Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival (14-19 October 2014).

This two-day international conference hosted by the University of Hamburg, taking place during and in conjunction with the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival will bring together film and festival studies scholars, critics and festival programmers to discuss these issues. Two keynotes delivered by Prof. B. Ruby Rich (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Dr. Marijke de Valck (University of Amsterdam) will frame the conference and bring together the fields of film festival studies and queer cinema. In three panels we will approach Queer Film Culture from various angles. In a first panel, festival scholars will present current research on LGBT/Q film festivals. In a second panel, festival programmers will discuss the current tasks and challenges of LGBT/Q film festivals. In a third panel, film scholars and critics will assess the current trends in queer cinema.

More information about the content, guests and scheduling are available on the conference website: www.queerfilmculture.org.

Dokfilmwoche Hamburg 2014

As part of the special section “Inszenierte Dokumente” (performative documentary) curated by Julia Küllmer for the Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg (9-13 April 2014) I was invited the introduce the opening film for the section.  Come enjoy Todd Haynes infamously “illegal” early film, which uses Barbie dolls to depict the life of Karen Carpenter on 10 April 2014.  For more info see here.