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Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann is a Lecturer of cinema studies in the Department of Communication and Journalism and in the DAAD Center for German Studies. His fields of research, teaching and publication are film history and film theory; memory culture and cinematic remembrance of the Holocaust; West and East German cinema; film heritage and archival films; and documentary cinema.

He holds his PhD from the Free University in Berlin where he also graduated in Film Studies, New German Literature and Political Science. From 2004 to 2010 he was research and teaching assistant in the field of media history at the University for Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After defending his doctoral thesis on cinematic narration of the Holocaust in 2010 he was research assistant and postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Research Program “Media of History – History of Media” at the Bauhaus University of Weimar. In 2012 he was awarded a fellowship of the International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. From 2013 to 2014 he was head of a research project on East German Student Films based at the University for Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” and funded by the German Research Foundation.

Ebbrecht-Hartmann is author of two German monographs on cinematic narration of the Holocaust and the filmmaker Romuald Karmakar; co-editor of three German anthologies on emotions and film perception, East German documentary cinema and contemporary German cinema; and contributed numerously to journals, collections and online-publications in German, English, French and Hebrew.

Selected Publications


Images of the Past in Media Memory. Cinematic Narrations of the Holocaust, Bielefeld: transcript, 2011 (published dissertation, in German: “Geschichtsbilder im medialen Gedächtnis – Filmische Narrationen des Holocaust”).

Images beyond Words. On Romuald Karmakar, Berlin: Verbrecher Verlag, 2010 (in German: “Bilder hinter den Worten – Ueber Romuald Karmakar”)

Cinema in Transition. Perspectives of German Contemporary Cinema, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2011 (in German: “Kino in Bewegung – Perspektiven des deutschen Gegenwartsfilms”). Edited with Thomas Schick.

Remembering/Forgetting the GDR. The Visual Memory of Documentary Film, Marburg: Schüren 2009 (in German: “DDR erinnern/vergessen – Das visuelle Gedächtnis des Dokumentarfilms). Edited with Tobias Ebbrecht, Hilde Hoffmann, Jörg Schweinitz.

Selected Articles

History Runs through the Family, in: Angelica Fenner/Robin Curtis (eds.): The Auto/Biographical Turn in German Documentary and Experimental Film. Camden Press 2014. (Forthcoming in press)

Cinema to become. On Israeli Films, in: sans phrase, Vol. 4, Spring 2014, 204-211 (in German).

Cinema as Arena. Films as Subject of Political Violence, in: Tel Aviv Yearbook of German History, Vol. 41, Göttingen: Wallstein 2014, 161-180 (in German).

Withstanding within the Image? The ‚Art of Artlessness‘ and the cinematic use of Atrocity Pictures, in: sans phrase, Vol. 2, 2013, 50-64 (in German).

The Trial in Cinema, the Cinema as Trial. ‘Eichmann and the Third Reich’, Erwin Leiser (1961), in: SLIL, 2013, online: (in Hebrew).

Windows, Mirrors and a Television. Reflexive Media Use in Douglas Sirk's Family Melodramas, in: Bettine Menke, Armin Schäfer, Daniel Eschkötter (eds.): Melodrama. A Media Bastard, Berlin: Theater der Zeit 2013, 290-307 (in German).

Puzzled Past. Media and History in Alexander Kluge's The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless, in: Christian Schulte (ed.): The Question of Correlation. Alexander Kluge in Context, Berlin: Vorwerk 8 2012, 95-110 (in German).

History in Transit. Dominik Graf's At Thea's, or: Places that lead to the Past, in: Chris Wahl, Marco Abel, Jesko Jockenhövel, Michael Wedel (eds.): Facing Television. The Filmmaker Dominik Graf, München: edition text+kritik 2012, 267-283 (in German). 

Encounters and Interruption. European Places of Memory in Romuald Karmakar's Land of Annihilation and Robert Thalheim's And Along Come Tourists, in: Thomas Schick, Tobias Ebbrecht (eds.): Cinema in Transition. Perspectives of German Contemporary Cinema, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2011, 157-184 (in German).

Migrating Images: Iconic Images of the Holocaust and the Representation of War in Popular Film, in: Shofar, Vol. 28, No. 4, 2010, 86-103.

(Re)constructing Biographies. German television docudrama and the historical biography, in: Erin Bell und Ann Grey (eds.): Televising History. Mediating the Past in Postwar Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, S. 207-220.

History, Public Memory and Media Event. Codes and conventions of historical event-television in Germany, in: Media History, Vol. 13, No. 2/3, 2008, 101-114.

Visual Commemoration of the Shoah in German Culture, in: Les Guerres de Mémoires dans le Monde. Hermès, No. 52, Paris: CNRS éditions 2008, S. 127-132 (in French).

Docudramatizing history on TV. German and British docudrama and historical event television in the memorial year 2005, in: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2007, 35-53.

Recent activities

June 2014: Paper at the Conference “Cinematic Traces of Things to Come” at the Tel Aviv University on “Collecting Material For The Future: Thomas Heise’s Dialogue between the Present and the Future”.

March 2014: Paper at the Conference “Crossing the Disciplinary Divide: Conjunctions in German and Holocaust Studies” at the Washington University in St. Louis on “The Berlin Street as Cinematic Memorial Place”

Nov. 2013: Paper at the Conference “The Triumph of Nazi Cinema: 1933-2013” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “Goebbels' Fear and Legacy: Babelsberg and the Nazi Heritage”

June 2013: Paper at the Conference “Beyond Evidence. The Documentary in Art” at the ICI Berlin on “Becoming Document. Meta-Cinematic Practices of Re-Presentation and Transformation of Historic Material”.

Nov. 2012: Paper at the International Conference »Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution« organized by EVZ and FU Berlin on “Whose emotion? Feelings of Uncertainty and Disturbance in encountering Holocaust Survivors’ testimonies”.

Education, Positions and Fellowships

April 2013-July 2014: Research assistant at the DFG-Research Project “Regional Film Culture in Brandenburg” at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) »Konrad Wolf« in Potsdam-Babelsberg; conducting research on student film in the GDR. 

Oct. 2012-Jan. 2013: Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. 

Nov. 2010-Oct. 2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program “Media of History - History of Media” at the Universities Weimar, Erfurt and Jena. 

April 2010: Dr. phil., Department for Film Studies, Freie University of Berlin. 

Oct. 2004-Oct. 2010: Teaching Assistant in Media- and Film History at the Film & Television Academy (HFF) »Konrad Wolf« in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

December 2003: M.A. Film Studies (Master of Arts). Department for Film Studies, Free University of Berlin. Major: Film & Media Studies. Double minor: German Studies/New German Literature, Political Science.