Dr. Steffi Ebert
at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
short bio: born in Halle in 1971, and grew up in a new housing block with afternoons at the Young Pioneers, collecting materials for recycling and playing games of Cowboys and Indians. After training as a travel agent and my first borderline experience – that is, escape to the Federal Republic – I later completed my school graduation at evening school and studied German philology and media sciences. This was followed by many travels and study abroad (Bozeman Montana), then my doctorate and two children. As a scientific associate at the University of Halle, I research into children’s film in Europe, combining media practise and media theory. Parallel to this I have worked for more than 15 years as a journalist, texter and editor, in particular for documentary films.
Childhood in European Children's Films is my Post-Doc Research-Project.
So far I've mainly focused on basic research esp. the identification of the films, the setting up of a database and developement of questions, theory and so on.
A few talks I've given within this field are:
"Der DDR-Kinderfilm zwischen stattlichen und individuellen Kinderbildern" San Diego, Sept 2016 (GDR-Children's Film between state-required and individual constructions of children)
"Angst und Selbstermächtigung im Kinderfilm" Befragung von Kinderfilmakteueren (gemeinsam mit Franziska Matthes). Delmenhorst, Jun 2015 (Anxiety and Empowerment in Children's Film. Survey of peope involved in professional filmproduction for children.)
"Kinder-Medien-Räume: Mobilität und Qualität in differenzieller Zeitgenossenschaft." München, Feb.2014 (Children-Media-Spaces: Mobility and Quality in differential contemporaneity)
Apart from this topic I see my work as having an intermediary role between theory and practise in academic teaching as well as in my approach to scientific research. Therefor I'm interested in production studies and scientific methods such as audivisual essays.
Here are two links to my own documentary works: