Linda Waack Former Junior Fellow

Linda Waack


Linda Waack holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Contemporary History, German language and comparative literature at the University of Tübingen.From October 2011 till January 2012 research stay at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. From January 2010 on, she is Junior-Fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy in Weimar.

Banality Bites. Politics and Poetics of Amateur-Film.

Today amateurs are linked with the production, distribution and reception of films via You Tube. Given that the Internet platform did not exist until 2006, a historicization of the phenomenon at first seems problematic. As Henry Jenkins argues, however, there was already an awareness of amateurs in 2006, and this was then able to be accessed and activated through You Tube. Jenkins points to numerous amateur activities which proceed the platform. Jenkins’s idea of a state of readiness can be rendered more specific with the help of Foucault’s concept of the dispositive. The project follows the trace of a possible amateur dispositive by considering two essential elements: historical amateur recordings, and current cinema films. The aim is to clarify which types and textures of pictures are recognized as ‘amateurish’, and upon what orders of representation this perception is based.

fields of interest:

media theory and history


Mit Judith Blume und Caroline Merkel: Aneignung | Appropriation – Materialien, Programme, Verfahren. In: Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (Hg.): Kultur_Kultur. Denken, Forschen, Darstellen. Tagungsband, Tübingen (in Vorbereitung).
Gender@Nature: der Nachhaltigkeitsdiskurs in gendertheoretischer Perspektive. In: Meisch u.a. (Hg.): Wissenschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung! Multiperspektivische Beiträge zu einer verantwortungsbewussten Wissenschaft, Marburg: metropolis 2012, S. 209-225.
Mit Rosa Costa: Gewalt und Geschlecht. Tagungsbericht zur 12. Fachtagung des Arbeitskreises Geschlechtergeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit. In: Frühneuzeit-Info 18/ 2007, S. 116-118.
Waack, Linda: Mittelerde – ein Konzept der Moderne? Die Zwischenkriegszeit im Spiegel von J.R.R. Tolkiens „Der Herr der Ringe“ (Schriftenreihe der Phantastischen Bibliothek Wetzlar Bd. 93) Wetzlar 2006.