Dissertation: Melanie Konrad

Anordnungen von Familiarität. Trans- und intermediale Verhandlungen von Queer Kinship in fotografischen Medien; Arrangements of Familiarity. Trans- und Intermedial Negotiations of Queer Kinship in Photographic Media (Arbeitstitel)

The family photo album and the family home-video – as artefacts that arrange, document, conserve and structure remembrance and memory – can be apprehended as media of the arrangement of familiarity. Thereby they can be seen as forms of the self-reflective medial processing of experiences in the generation and elaboration of contents and memories. Memory and remembrance are connected to subjects that reciprocally constitute them and are constituted by them; they are complex and undergo change. The political comprehensibility of such artistic-medial expression unfolds with their resistance to socio-political norms and commonplaces i.e. the (hetero-)normative temporal and semantic order of bourgeois society. The actual increasing visibility and judicial legitimation of conditions for queer kinship in the everyday life of Western industrialised societies is indicative of certain forms of social stabilisation of queer forms of family and family-like life. Since the early 2000s we see a growing popularity of images that deal with queer kinship in so-called mainstream media. Yet, the (de-)construction of family lies at the heart of the political struggles surrounding LGBTIQ* issues because LGBTIQ* practices challenge in a vast variety of ways the bourgeois nuclear family. The question how sex/gender and sexuality are performatively (re-)produced in the context of the LGBTIQ* family in media is, therefore, a question of the politics of media and images that support these constructions. The research project aims to investigate medial arrangements of the family from a queer-feminist, media-culture studies-oriented perspective. The necessary analytical framework will be developed in engagement with the research material. The research will reflect on queer-feminist media theory and analysis (Engel, Foucault, Butler and Halberstam) by way of a contextualization through certain approaches of Critical Theory (Benjamin and Kluge).

Melanie Konrad. Studium der Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Wien und am Goldsmiths College, University of London. Forschungsinteressen liegen in der Politischen Theorie, den (queer-)feministischen Theorien, der Queer Theory und den (Visual) Cultural Studies sowie bei Konzeptionen des Spannungsverhältnisses von Natur und Kultur. Daran schließen sich Auseinandersetzungen mit Demokratietheorien, Politischer Ökologie und New Materialism sowie politischer darstellender Kunst, Musik, Fotografie, Games und Post Conflict Societies an. Seit Oktober 2017 Universitätsassistentin in Ausbildung (Prae Doc) am tfm | Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft an der Universität Wien bei Christian Schulte.

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