Individual research projects

Federal Ministry of the Interior - Avatare - COVID-19 memories - History of Gelotology

Forschung

Projekte

The Media Politics of the Federal Ministry of the Interior after National Socialism

Stefanie Palm

Associated PhD project

The media politics of the Federal Ministry of the Interior were in many respects overshadowed by National Socialism: the debate on ‘smut and trash’, the initiatives for a federal press act or ‘Soraya’s Law’, as well as the establishment of a Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Film Industry are only a few examples that sparked conflicts among the German public as a result of legislative initiatives on the part of the ministry’s Culture Department.

Doppelgänger, Stellvertreter, Avatare: (Posthuman) Bodies in Digital Performances

Jens Kraushaar

PhD project

The project asks about the substitute function in the various types of avatars that appear as posthuman bodies. The avatar types are examined in three areas (museum as a place of remembrance, art in contemporary contexts, social and societal lifeworld).

COVID-19 memories

Tizian Zumthurm

Research project
A platform to collect COVID19 related photos, videos, stories and interviews from/with ordinary people living or working in Luxembourg

The COVID-19 pandemic is an event whose historic dimension is immediately obvious. Comparisons with the Spanish flu at the end of the First World War and the (uniquely Western) assessment that it is the greatest crisis since the Second World War are on everyone’s lips. Luxembourg’s state of emergency has led to unprecedented restrictions in our private and professional lives.

Healthy Laughter? A History of Gelotology

Tizian Zumthurm

Research project
(in preparation)

Laughter is the best medicine, so it goes. The science behind the saying, however, is not clear at all. Research on laughter – gelotology – has been faced with various difficulties. The project aims to investigate how a scientifically disputed finding has become popular. It does so with a cultural/media studies lens and a history of science lens. In its first part, the project looks at instances where laughing was used in therapy since the early 1970s, for example hospital clowns or humor seminars.

Individual research projects

Federal Ministry of the Interior - Avatare - COVID-19 memories - History of Gelotology

Forschung

Projekte

The Media Politics of the Federal Ministry of the Interior after National Socialism

Stefanie Palm

Associated PhD project

The media politics of the Federal Ministry of the Interior were in many respects overshadowed by National Socialism: the debate on ‘smut and trash’, the initiatives for a federal press act or ‘Soraya’s Law’, as well as the establishment of a Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Film Industry are only a few examples that sparked conflicts among the German public as a result of legislative initiatives on the part of the ministry’s Culture Department.

Doppelgänger, Stellvertreter, Avatare: (Posthuman) Bodies in Digital Performances

Jens Kraushaar

PhD project

The project asks about the substitute function in the various types of avatars that appear as posthuman bodies. The avatar types are examined in three areas (museum as a place of remembrance, art in contemporary contexts, social and societal lifeworld).

COVID-19 memories

Tizian Zumthurm

Research project
A platform to collect COVID19 related photos, videos, stories and interviews from/with ordinary people living or working in Luxembourg

The COVID-19 pandemic is an event whose historic dimension is immediately obvious. Comparisons with the Spanish flu at the end of the First World War and the (uniquely Western) assessment that it is the greatest crisis since the Second World War are on everyone’s lips. Luxembourg’s state of emergency has led to unprecedented restrictions in our private and professional lives.

Healthy Laughter? A History of Gelotology

Tizian Zumthurm

Research project
(in preparation)

Laughter is the best medicine, so it goes. The science behind the saying, however, is not clear at all. Research on laughter – gelotology – has been faced with various difficulties. The project aims to investigate how a scientifically disputed finding has become popular. It does so with a cultural/media studies lens and a history of science lens. In its first part, the project looks at instances where laughing was used in therapy since the early 1970s, for example hospital clowns or humor seminars.