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Katharina Niemeyer is a media theorist, professor at the School of Media (Faculty of Communication) at the Université du Québec à Montréal, director of CELAT-UQAM (Centre de recherche Cultures-Arts-Sociétés), co-responsible of the research-creation mXlab and co-curator of the TOTAL SCREEN exhibition. Her current research and research-creation projects embrace the questions of (creational) solastalgia, loss and media.

Trained in cultural sciences, media archaeology and media philosophy at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Germany), as well as in communication sciences at the University of Lyon (France) and at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), her research focuses on the relationships between media and (digital) technologies, temporalities, memory, and history. She recently co-edited the book Nostalgies contemporaines : médias, cultures et technologies, published in 2021 by Presses universitaires du Septentrion. She is a member of the editorial board of the journals MAST (Media Art Study and Theory) and Memory, Mind & Media (Cambridge University Press). Katharina Niemeyer is also council member of the International Association for Media and History and co-founder of the International Media and Nostalgia Network.

Twitter: @kathniemeyer   @media_debris

Research interests

  • media and communication theory
  • media, historical narratives and archives/ time and (media) temporalities
  • digital and analogue nostalgia
  • memory, history and nostalgia studies
  • media philosophy and archaeology
  • online communities and their relation to memory and nostalgia
  • mediatization and media events/ media, violence and terrorism
  • visual studies / semiotics

Previous academic positions and experiences

    • 2012-2017 Associate Professor at University Paris 2, Sorbonne Universities, The French Press Institute
    • April 2018 Invited professor at Université Catholique de Louvain
    • autumn 2016 Invited researcher at Media@McGill, McGill University, Canada

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