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Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider

Office adress: Am Neuen Palais 10, D-14469 Potsdam, House 2, Room 1.11

E-mail: birgit.schneider[@]

Tel.: +49 331 9771873


Birgit Schneider is professor for knowledge cultures and media environments at Potsdam University, Germany. She studied art and media studies as well as media art and philosophy in Karlsruhe, London and Berlin. After initially working as a graphic designer, she worked from 2000 to 2007 at the research department "Das technische Bild" at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she received her doctorate with a thesis on the digital history of textiles, supervized by Friedrich Kittler. Since 2009, she has been researching in the context of fellowships at the European Media Studies Department of the University of Potsdam as well as in Munich and Weimar. In 2010 she represented the Chair of History and Theory of Cultural Techniques at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Since 2016 she has been Professor of Media Ecology in the Department of European Media Studies at the University of Potsdam. Her current research focuses on images and perceptions of nature, ecology and climate change, diagrams, data graphics and maps as well as images of ecology. She is head of the mixed-methods project "analysing networked climate images" and a member of the research group "Sensing. On the knowledge of sensitive media". Since 2017 she is, together with Prof. Dr. Peer Trilcke, speaker of the Network Digital Humanities of the University of Potsdam.

Thematic focuses

  • Climate images and visual climate change communication, especially data visualizations, maps and their epistemology, politics and phantasms
  • science pictures
  • Questions of media ecology and media aesthetics
  • Diagrams, notations, maps and infographics - history and image strategies
  • Camouflage - Strategies of Invisibility around 1900
  • Order, structures and materiality of textiles, nets, tables
  • Test patterns and image disturbances
  • Art and Media History of Sound and Vision


Research Assistents

Janna Kienbaum

E-Mail: jkienbau[@] 

Tel.: +49 331 9771873

Janna Kienbaum M.A. is a cultural scientist and research assistant at the Institute for the Arts and Media in the project "New potentials for analyzing networked images", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She is writing a doctoral thesis on the theory and practice of digital collections in museums. 

Student Assistent

Lisa Hein