Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl

Dr. Chris Wahl

Professor of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage

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Born in Stuttgart in 1974, Chris Wahl studied Theater, Film and Television Studies, Romance Studies, and Intercultural German Studies in Bochum, Lisbon, and Curitiba. He earned a PhD degree from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he wrote is thesis on language and fiction films. Afterwards, he was involved in DFG research projects on multiple language versions in Bochum, on film style (slow motion and superimpositions) in Babelsberg, and on regional film culture in Brandenburg. In 2013, he was awarded a DFG Heisenberg Professorship, which was subsequently extended permanently. Wahl has been responsible for establishing and managing the school's Film Culture Heritage program.  Currently, he also serves as deputy managing director of Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM).


Film and media studies

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Film  heritage and cultural memory
  • Archaeology of cinematographic icons
  • Film history and film style
  • Audiovisual translation and polyglot films

    Selected Publications
  • Chris Wahl (ed.) [together with Julian Blunk, Tina Kaiser, and Dietmar Kammerer]: Filmstil. Perspektivierungen eines Begriffs.Munich: edition text + kritik 2016.
  • Chris Wahl: Multiple Language Versions Made in Babelsberg. Ufa’s International Strategy, 1929-1939. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press 2016.
  • Chris Wahl: La preuve de mémoire – images d’archives et/au ralenti. In: Julie Maeck / Matthias Steinle (eds.): L'image d'archives: une image en devenir. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes 2016, pp. 127-136.
  • Chris Wahl: Kunst–Künste, Medium–Medien: Film als zentrale Instanz. Ein Debattenbeitrag zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Medienwissenschaft. In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 1 (2014), pp. 143-149.
  • Chris Wahl: Between Art History and Media History: A Brief Introduction to Media Art. In: Vinzenz Hediger / Cosetta Saba / Barbara le Maître / Julia Noordegraaf (eds.): Preserving and Presenting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP 2013, pp. 25-58.

    Further Activities
  • Co-founder and board member of "Moving History – Festival des Historischen Films Potsdam e.V."
  • Editor of the Film-Erbe series published by edition text + kritik (Munich)
  • Co-host of the blog Memento Movie – Materialien zum audiovisuellen Kulturerbe
  • Member of Deutscher Kulturrat's expert committee on "Cultural Heritage"
  • Member of Goethe-Institut's advisory board on "Film, Television, and Radio"