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Ringo Rösener

Friendship as a Genre. On the Tension between Public and Intimate


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eMail: ringo.roesener@philosophie.uni-freiburg.de

ringo rösener 

  • born 1983 in Anklam (Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  • 2002 Abitur at the Lilienthal Gymnasium Anklam
  • 2003 – 2009 Leipzig University: Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, Economics
  • 2007 Universitá di Bologna: DAMS – discipline of arts, music and theater studies
  • 2009 Leipzig University: Magister Artium (Thesis: „Foucault's Other Spaces – An Insight in a Philosophy of Action“, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Klaus Christian Köhnke and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Johannes Schneider)
  • 2009 – 2012 Pentalpha Publishers for Art and Media gGmbH:

for the Hoferichter & Jacobs TV-Production GmbH:

Development of marketing and cross-media concepts, strategies and products for TV-Productions and documentaries; festival coordination; marketing / PR; organization of special screenings; film distribution

Implementation of project seminars for development of educational media and marketing regarding documentaries at the Leipzig University (Institute for Communication and Media Studies); always together with TV-producer Olaf Jacobs

for the Pentalpha Publisher for Art and Media gGmbH:

Development, conception, financing and distribution of educational programs

  • 2010/11 Working scholarship at the “Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen” to develop the documentary „Among Men – Gay in East Germany“
  • Author & director of the feature documentary „Among Men – Gay in East Germany“ (ARD/MDR, Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH, Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH), realized with Markus Stein 2011.
  • Since January 2013 PHD Student of the DFG graduate school 1288 „Friends, Patrons, Clients“ at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg





  • Feature documentary „Among Men – Gay in East Germany“ (author & director) in tandem with Markus Stein (director), Hoferichter & Jacobs GmbH, ARD/MDR and Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, funded by: Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kulturelle Filmförderung MV and DFFF – Deutscher Filmförderfonds // 62nd International Berlin Film Festival (Panorama)




WS 2012/13

  • „Stanley Cavell: The Pursuits of Happiness. The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage“ at the Institute for Cultural Studies / Leipzig University
  • Project seminar: „Potentials and Perspectives of Crowdfunding“ at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies / Leipzig University with Olaf Jacobs

WS 2011/12

  • Project seminar: „Marketing, Development and Implementation Ideas for the project Agriculture goes School“ at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies / Leipzig University with Olaf Jacobs; www.land-entdecken.de

WS 2010/11

  • Project seminar: “Marketing, Development and Implementation Ideas for the online project GDR ahoy!“ at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies / Leipzig University with Olaf Jacobs


Ph.D Project

"Friendship as a Genre. On the Tension between Public and Intimate“

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Helmuth Gander

Tutor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bröckling


Words of our everyday language like love, trust, faithfulness and friendship seem to be acknowledged as commonly understood categories across languages and even cultural borders. Simultaneously, these terms make claims on the categorization of emotional, individual and intimate relations by way of articulating private imaginations, emotions and intonations. The dissertation project “Friendship as a Genre” tries to analyze this convergence of publicly shared semantics and radically intimate meanings. On the basis of friendship in feature films it will analyze specific attributions of meanings in the second half of the 20th century.

Although there are numerous suggestions to define the term “friendship” from philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives, the relation between its use in public medial semantics and its intimate and private conceptions and enactments remains unclear. Hence, the dissertation aims to analyze the symbolical and emotional presentations of “friendship” in public semantics, its mediation in feature films, and its uses as a commonly understood vehicle for intimate categories. It therefore takes as a starting point a in the dissertation clearly specified genre “friendship” in feature films in which public relations and intimate actions are merged and increasingly presented as existential and tragic problems. In addition, the dissertation tries to find a way to engage with feature films as a fruitful subject of philosophy.

  • Postadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    c/o Historisches Seminar
    Rempartstr. 15 - KG IV
    79085 Freiburg 
  • Besuchsadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    Erbprinzenstraße 13
    79098 Freiburg
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