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Robin Schmieder

About me

Robin Schmieder is a doctoral researcher and videographer at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture and the International PhD Programme for literary and cultural studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen. In his research project located at the interface of media studies, life writing studies, and narrative theory, he aims to develop a media-specific narratological model for the analysis of vlogs. His particular interest lies in the processes and functions of self-narration constitutive of vlogs and the remediation of other media genres characteristic of them. He has previously presented conference papers on the relation of the attention economy and narrative self-making on YouTube as well as the forms and functions of serial narratives in vlogs. As a lecturer at Justus Liebig University’s department for Teaching English as a Foreign Language he teaches on American literature and culture, film, and narratology.

 

Project Working Title: Vlogging the Self – A Narratology of Online Video Diaries

 

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ansgar Nünning

 

 

Find some of my video work for the Graduate Centre on YouTube here

Contact

@RobinSchmieder

 

Room 207

International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture

Otto-Behagel-Straße 12

D-35394 Giessen

Publications

  • How Lives Come to Matter – Rethinking Mediation and Materiality in Autobiography [Review of: Poletti, Anna: Stories of the Self: Life Writing after the Book. New York: New York University Press, 2020.]. In: KULT_online 63 (2021).

  • With Jennifer Kiesewetter: Dystopian Realities. Investigating the Perception of and Interaction with Surveillance Practices. In: On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture 6 (2018). 
Presentations

  • "'Face Reveal When?' On The Virtual Masquerade of VTubers." 30 June 2022, XII Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture: Masquerades, The Lisbon Consortium. (Winner of Best Paper Award)
  • "Presenting (Research) Projects on YouTube." 28 March, 2022, Short Forms Beyond Borders, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus Liebig University Giessen.
  • "Putting the ‘I‘ in Advertisable – On the Relation of the Attention Economy and Narrative Self-Making in Vlogs." 20 September, 2021, Anglistentag 2021, University of Passau.
  • "Film Now, Live Later – Lejeune’s Brouillons de Soi and the Instability of Identity in YouTube Vlogs." 28 August, 2020, Narrating Lives: International Conference on Storytelling, (Auto)Biography and (Auto)Ethnography, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • "Dystopian Realities." 6 July, 2017, Surveillance Cultures, International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus Liebig University Giessen.


Research Interests

  • Vlogs and Social Media
  • Postclassical Narrative Theory
  • Remediation
  • Automediality/Autobiography
Teaching

  • 'PC: Podcast Basics for Researchers – Planning, Recording, Editing.' Winter 2022. GCSC, JLU Giessen.
  • ‘New Perspectives in Cultural Learning.’ Summer 2022. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
  • 'Ethnographic Tools in the EFLC: Exploring US American Culture(s).' Winter 2021. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
  • ‘New Perspectives in Cultural Learning.’ Summer 2021. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
  • ‘Teaching Speculative Fiction across Media.’ Winter 2020. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
  • ‘Teaching Film Literary.’ Summer 2020. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
  • ‘Stories across Media: An Introduction to Transmedial Narratology.’ Winter 2019. Department of English, JLU Giessen, with Dr. Alexander Scherr.
  • ‘Tutorial: Introduction to TEFL.’ Winter 2017 and 2019. Department of English, JLU Giessen.
Memberships

  • International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
  • GCSC Board of Directors (Staff Representative)
  • International PhD Programme "Literary and Cultural Studies" (IPP)
  • Editorial Team of On_Culture
  • Research Area 2: Cultural Narratologies (Speaker)
  • Research Area 5: Media and Multiliteracies
  • AG Moving Images
  • TechAG: Fremdsprachenlehren/-lernen mit digitalen Distributions- und Kommunikationsmedien (GGK Section 8)
  • Mitmission e.V.