Dr. Franziska Weidle

born in Görlitz in 1986 and studied English Philology, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Curriculum of Visual Anthropology at the University of Göttingen and University of Reading. In 2014 she received her Master of Arts with distinction. The topic of her Master's thesis was "Die Fiktion der Zuverlässigkeit - eine Analyse von Paul Wolfframs Dokumentarfilm "Stori Tombuna: Ancestors' Tales" (The Fiction of Reliability - an analysis of Paul Wolffram's documentary film "Stori Tombuna: Ancestors' Tales.") Parallel to her studies she supports the conception of the special exhibition "Die Macht der Ahnen" ("The Power of Ancestors") in the anthropological collection in Göttingen, was an intern for literature management at the Center for Literature, Göttingen, an academic assistant at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology at the University of Göttingen in the German Research Foundation project "Cultural Property" and assistant at the Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival as well as the Kunstverein Göttingen e.V. In the context of the teaching research project "Movements of Migration" for the development of a digital knowledge archive at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology Göttingen she published her first documentary film "Mosaik der Erinnerung" ("Mosaic of Memory"). Work experience abroad at the Charlotte Regional Film Commission in North Carolina followed and project coordination of the first literature festival "Literaturtage an der Neiße 2014". From October 2014 she has been a member of the Research Training Group GRK 1787.


  • Mosaik der Erinnerung. Die Auswanderung als Gegenstand von Erinnerungspraktiken dreier Generationen. Ein Installations- und Filmprojekt. Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie Göttingen 2013, 16 Min.
  • Mit Krüger, Gundolf/Hauser-Schäublin, Brigitta [u.a.] (Hg.): Die Macht der Ahnen - kulturelle Zeugnisse aus Neuguinea. Leitfaden zur Sonderausstellung in der Ethnologischen Sammlung der Universität Göttingen. Göttingen 2009.

  • Doctoral project: Interactive Storytelling in documentary formats: The reception of the Korsakov System
    "Linear film lies", claims the artist and filmmaker Florian Thalhofer and thus developed a web-based software in 2000 with which non-linear and interactive "documentary films" can be produced. In that the recipients of these web documentaries are able to arrange the individual units of narrative each time afresh in an interactive hypertext structure, they are designers of meaning in the centre of a dynamic and generative narrative which should yield an innovative and individual film experience.
    The "Korsakov System of Dynamic Story Telling" is just one of many phenomena which stress aspects in the context of new media such as collaboration, self-fashioning and polyphony on the basis of digital interactivity in different manifestations.
    But if the recipients become co-producers and the product finds itself in a constant state of flux, who guarantees the reliability of the portrayal? When does this even become a documentary? The dissertation proposal follows current interdisciplinary debates about the emergence of "new" and "shared narratives" in the area of the documentary through multimediality, digitalization and aesthetic hybridizing. In doing so it makes a contribution to the investigation of the transitory genre with a focus on its reception as part of interactive storytelling, something which has previously been largely overlooked.