Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schabacher

Chair of Media and Culture Studies

Research focus

  • Theory of media culture, media history
  • Media and infrastructures
  • Urban regimes of surveillance (digital and non-digital)
  • Pattern recognition and AI
  • History of mobilities
  • Cultural techniques of repair
  • Studies of seriality and autobiographies

Academic Vita

Gabriele Schabacher is Professor of Media and Culture Studies at the Institute for Film, Theatre, Media, and Cultural Studies (FTMK) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She studied philosophy, psychology, and German philology in Cologne and Bochum. From 1999 to 2009 she was a research assistant and lecturer at the Collaborative Research Centre 427 »Media and Cultural Communication« at the University of Cologne. She received her doctorate from the University of Cologne in 2004 with a thesis on Roland Barthes' theory of autobiography. From 2009 to 2014, she was scientific coordinator of the DFG Research Training Group »Locating Media« and lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Siegen, and from 2014 to 2017, she was Professor of History and Theory of Cultural Techniques at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Since 2017, she is professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where she has established the working unit and Master's program »Media and Culture Studies«. Since 2021 she is deputy spokesperson of the CRC 1482 »Studies in Human Categorization« and principal investigator of the project »Urban Control Regimes. Railway Stations as Infrastructure of Human Categorization«.




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WiSe 2023/24



Past Teaching at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
(since winter semester 2017/18)

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Past Teaching at Bauhaus University Weimar
(from winter semester 2014/15 to summer semester 2017)

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