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Birgit Schneider

Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider

Carson Fellow

Birgit Schneider holds a PhD in cultural studies and is currently a professor of media ecology at the Potsdam University Institute for Arts and Media in the European Media Studies program. She studied art history and media studies, philosophy, and media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Goldsmiths College in London, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research focuses on technical and scientific images with a strong emphasis on questions of scientific imagery, mediality, codes, diagrams, and textility from the seventeenth century to the present. Her current research concentrates on the visual communication of climate since 1800 and a genealogy of climate change visualization between science, aesthetics, and politics.

RCC Research Project: An Interdisciplinary Scheme for Assessing Transformation in Public Climate Visualization Projects

Selected Publications:

  • “The Feeling of Red and Blue: A Constructive Critique of Color Mapping in Visual Climate Change Communication.” In The Handbook of Climate Change Communication, Climate Change Management, edited by Walter Leal Filho. Cham: Springer, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Burning Worlds of Cartography: A Critical Approach to Climate Cosmograms of the Anthropocene.” Geography and Environment 3, no. 2 (2016): e00027.
  • with Horst Bredekamp and Vera Dünke, eds. The Technical Image: A History of Styles in Scientific Imagery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • with Thomas Nocke, eds. Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, in cooperation with Columbia Press, 2014.
  • with Thomas Nocke and Georg Feulner. “Twist and Shout: Images and Graphs in Climate Skeptical Media.” In Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations, edited by Birgit Schneider and Thomas Nocke, 153–86. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, in cooperation with Columbia Press, 2014.
  • “Climate Model Simulation Visualization from a Visual Studies Perspective.” WIREs Climate Change 3, no. 2 (2012): 185–93.