History of film, representation of history in film/historical film, film theory under National Socialism, media presentations of identity, culture and politics of memory
The Historical Film in National Socialism (working title)
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl
Daniel Körling has been a doctoral student at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF since 2022 and also conducts research as an academic assistant at the DFG project “Images – An Archaeology of Iconic Film Material from the Nazi Era” based there and at the DFG project “Images that have consequences – An archaeology of iconic film material from the Nazi era” based at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.
After his bachelor’s degree (history and cultural and social anthropology) and first master’s degree (history; working title of thesis: “Conceptions of ‘Deutschthum’ in the German-language press of the USA in the late 19th century”) at WWU Münster, he followed his interest in film and joined the master’s program Film Cultural Heritage at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. “Volker Koepp’s cinematic examination of collective identities in the space of historical East Prussia” was the topic of his final thesis. In addition, he was employed as a research assistant at the chair.
In his doctoral project, Daniel Körling combines historical and film studies by examining film theoretical discourses in the Third Reich and their influences on historical film. He also explores the ways in which history was portrayed in film and made tangible in terms of reception. In addition to feature films, he focuses on the cultural and educational films of the time, which have so far often received only marginal attention. Finally, the project should be able to provide answers to the questions of what source value historical film in the Nazi era has for today’s research and to what extent the current conception of cinematic historical culture in National Socialism needs to be revised.
You can visit personal page of Daniel Körling on the website of Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF here (in German).