Prof. Dr. Michael Wedel
History and theory of film and television, media aesthetics, media historiography
Michael Wedel, born in Berlin in 1969, studied German, History and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and Film- and Television studies at the University of Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor of Theory and History of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2009 he has been Professor of Media History at Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. From 2011 to 2014 he was the academic director of the Filmmuseum Potsdam, from 2014 to 2016 founding spokesman for the ZeM. Since 2015, he has been spokesperson of the DFG-funded research group “Cinepoetics – Poetologies of Audiovisual Images” at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is co-editor of the “Cinepoetics” series at Verlag De Gruyter and the series “Film, Fernsehen, Medienkultur” at Springer VS.
In addition to essay publications in anthologies and in magazines such as Screen, NECS – European Journal of Media Studies, Film History, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, New German Critique, TV diskurs or Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, he is the author of several books, such as Der deutsche Musikfilm. Archäologie eines Genres (2007), Filmgeschichte als Krisengeschichte. Schnitte und Spuren durch den deutschen Film (2011), Kollision im Kino. Mime Misu und der Untergang der „Titanic“ (2012), Körper, Tod und Technik. Metamorphosen des Kriegsfilms (with Thomas Elsaesser, 2016), Pictorial Affects, Senses of Rupture: On the Poetics and Culture of Popular German Cinema, 1910-1930 (2019) and Place and Time: Filmic heterotopias from Hochbaum to Tykwer (2020).