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Isis Luxenburger

Isis Luxenburger
IRTG Diversity
University of Trier
DM 242
Phone +49 651 201 2203
E-Mail isis.luxenburger@uni-saarland.de


Mediating Industrial Culture in the Borderlands of Quebec and the Greater Region: Fictional and Non-fictional Films

(Supervisors: Astrid Fellner, Saarland / Christoph Vatter, Saarland
Mentoring: Michèle Dagenais, Montréal)

In my dissertation project, I will investigate the mediation of industrial culture in Quebec and the Greater Region by industrial films from and about the respective region. There are several possible definitions of “industrial films,” e.g. films made or commissioned by industrial players, but for my project I utilize a much broader notion, understanding as “industrial film” any film explicitly treating, just broaching or showing (moving) images of industrial culture.

Both regions are borderlands and have a former ironwork, which is nowadays preserved and patrimonialized as industrial heritage site and an important part of the respective region's industrial culture (the “Völklinger Hütte” and the “Forges du Saint-Maurice”), hence, similar interests and a history of the same industries (e.g. iron, steel, coal) can be found in both of them. Therefore, films on the subject of these industries as well as the preservation and patrimonialization of their historic plants can be found in both Quebec and the Greater Region.

Using a selection of these films as a tertium comparationis, I intend to investigate the mediation of industrial culture and to find out which cultural work these films do and which effect s this work has had-not only on later films but also on industrial culture itself. To explore this cultural work performed, the corpus will be closely investigated by means of cultural film theory against the backdrop of an extended theoretical model of DuGay/Hall's “circuit of culture”, drawing on additional theories and models from the Humanities. The model's extension by several dimensions shall show that film is a well-suited medium for the trajectory of industrial history to industrial heritage, on the one hand, and illustrate, on the other hand, that the preservation of industrial films as multi-layered cultural artifacts is crucial for a future “circuit of industrial culture”. Furthermore, the addition of the aspect of time to the model will emphasize the understanding of (industrial) culture as an ongoing, constantly changing and unfinished process—a series of snapshots—rather than a general entity. The insights and the extended model gained from the exemplary investigation of industrial culture shall serve future investigations by their applicability to films in the context of other cultures.


Since 2019
Doctoral Candidate at IRTG Diversity
M.A. in Translation Studies with focus on translation (French, English) and subject Information Technology and Engineering, title of thesis: "Dimensionen des Kulturkontakts in Christian Fuchs’ ,Hermann Röchling oder der Krieg als industrielle Herausforderung'", Saarland University
B.A. Comparative Linguistics and Literature and Translation (HF), French Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication (NF) and English (EF), title of the thesis: "Das ‚Phänomen Daddy‘. Zuckerwerbung in Deutschland und Frankreich im Vergleich", Saarland University

Work Experience

11/2020 - 03/2021
lecturer at Saarland University (Faculty of Humanities, Certificate in Industrial Culture)
10/2018 - 03/2019
Research assistant in the project “IG Film”, part of the INTERREG project “UniGR-CBS”
05/2017 - 11/2017
Co-organisation of the international colloquium "Die Bergmannskuh vom Eis holen — Zugänglichkeit, Erhalt und Nutzung des filmkulturellen Erbes" / "Battre le fer quand il est chaud — Accessibilité, sauvegarde et mise en valeur du patrimoine audiovisuel" on the industrial-cultural film heritage of the Greater Region (colloquium in the framework of the Interreg project “Digitale Steine/Pierres Numériques”, a cooperation between the Saarland Film Office, Saarland University and the Ministry of Education and Culture)
02/2014 - 03/2017
Translator & editor of scientific texts (student assistant) at the Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik (IWi) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken
04/2010 - 03/2017
Receptionist (student assistant) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) in Saarbrücken

Conference Presentations

Der Mensch „am Tor zur Blut sprühenden Hölle“. Die Darstellung von Arbeitern und Alltag der Völklinger Hütte im Film
Eröffnungsvortrag der Ringvorlesung „Arbeit – Industrie – Alltag. Kulturwissenschaftliche Annäherungen an die Industriekultur im Saarland“ der Fachrichtung Historische Anthropologie / Europäische Ethnologie der Universität des Saarlandes in Kooperation mit dem Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte
Die Erdoberfläche als semipermeable Membran zwischen Ordnung und Unordnung. Die horizontale Grenze zwischen Mine und normaler Welt / The Earth’s Surface as semi-permeable Membrane between Order and Disorder. The horizontal border between the mine and the normal world / La surface terrestre : membrane semi-perméable entre ordre et désordre. La frontière horizontale entre la mine et le monde normal
6. Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (KWG): "B/Ordering Cultures: Alltag, Politik, Ästhetik", Poster Session „Alles in Ordnung? / Is everything in order?“, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Mediating Moving Mountains. The Cinematic Representations of Mining in Quebec and the Greater Region Saar-Lor-Lux in the 1950s
The 46th International Conference of the Austrian Association for American Studies: “Mediating Mountains”, University of Innsbruck, Austria
The Mediation of Industrial Culture. Industrial Films as Channeling Instruments
2019 WORKLAB Conference: “Radical Museums – labour history museums as social agents”, The Workers Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Le puits comme portail vers un autre monde. Une tentative d'explication interdisciplinaire de la camaraderie inconditionnelle des mineurs de la Grande Région / Der Schacht als Portal in eine andere Welt. Ein interdisziplinärer Erklärungsversuch des bedingungslosen Zusammenhalts der Bergleute der Großregion
LOGOS 2019: Innovation et Coopération / Innovation und Kooperation; École doctorale transfrontalière en Sciences humaines et sociales / Grenzüberschreitende Doktorand/innenschule in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Université du Luxembourg
Hermann Röchling oder der Krieg als industrielle Herausforderung - Film trifft Abschlussarbeit
Vorstellung der Abschlussarbeit und anschließende Podiums- und Publikumsdiskussion mit den Filmemachern Christian Fuchs und Inge Plettenberg, kino achteinhalb, Saarbrücken