Political goals and aesthetic strategies of environmental documentaries
Date: 16 - 18 May 2019
Convenors: Susanne Kaul (Bielefeld, GER), Stefan Lange (Braunschweig, GER)
Since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a boom in environmental documentary films in which the 'ecological crisis' is made visible, for example with regard to deficits in food industry and livestock farming, food waste, climate change and biodiversity, and the pros and cons of genetically modified food. This workshop examined the aesthetic strategies and political goals of such documentaries bridging the traditional gap between cultural studies and natural sciences: agricultural science and biology focussed the production site of environmental knowledge, while media studies analyzed aesthetic methods of its communication. Ethical questions about values of nature/environment or animal/human life have also been discussed.
Gerd Bayer (Erlangen, GER), Gabriele Dürbeck (Vechta, GER), Josefa Eckardt (Rostock, GER), Franz Theo Gottwald (München, GER), Britta Hartmann (Bonn, GER), Christian Huck (Kiel, GER), Hans Werner Ingensiep (Essen, GER), Markus Kügle (Mannheim, GER), Jessie Marquardt (Münster, GER), Kirsten Meyer (Berlin, GER), Jessica Nitsche (Paderborn, GER), Claudia Ruby (Köln, GER), Gesine Schepers (Bielefeld, GER), Felicitas Schneider (Braunschweig, GER), Timo Skrandies (Düsseldorf, GER), Valentin Thurn (Köln, GER), Alexa Weik von Mossner (Klagenfurt, AUT), Hans-Jürgen Wulff (Westerkappeln, GER), Christopher Zimmermann (Rostock, GER)