Mediated Things. The Excess of Things between Photography and Text (Comparative Literature)
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Sakine Weikert received her M.A. in German Literature (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Media Studies and German as a Foreign Language (Freie Universität Berlin) in 2010 with honours. Her thesis on language and violence in the discourse of the German terrorist group Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) was published in 2012. In 2004 she held a teaching position at Deutsches Haus@New York University, funded by a DAAD grant. She has been working in fields such as guided museums tours ("Animism" at HKW Berlin), cultural journalism (print, tv and online), event organization (International Literature Festival Berlin). She has been a Ph.D. candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, receiving a 3 years research grant by the DFG. Project supervisor: Prof. Dr. Georg Witte (Comparative Literature, FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Hartmut Böhme (Cultural Studies, Humboldt University Berlin).
COURSES TAUGHT AT PETER SZONDI INSTITUTE OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, FU BERLIN:
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PHD PROJECT OUTLINE: MEDIATED THINGS
How do we perceive things in a book? How are they taken into view artistically? How do they trigger narratives?
Sakine Weikert’s dissertation on “Mediated Things” analyzes the staging of things through text and photography. The seemingly mundane everyday has not only evolved as a focus of artistic interest but also as a topic of interdisciplinary research. Things have been charged with meaning and value through discourses about magical, animist, fetishist objects / museum collectibles and memorabilia / consumer goods.
Through different aspects of image-text-mediation and genre-hybridity - a let's say excessive framing - things are highlighted and appear as the driving force of the narration. Even though we look at "Mediated Things" - for example in works by Sophie Calle, Leanne Shapton or Teju Cole -, we experience certain moments of excess (Waldenfels: "Überschüsse") - which can be perceived as a thingly quality, multiple meanings etc.
The study looks at (artist) books and emerging alternative modes of (digital) narration and reading. It contributes to an interdisciplinary theory building as it aims to integrate material culture studies into literary studies as well as the itinerancy of the photographic image.
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