Katrin Pilz ist Historikerin und Kulturwissenschaftlerin und arbeitet im Rahmen eines Cotutelles (joint supervision Ph.D) im Forschungsteam „Standardizing the Difference“ an der Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Kooperation mit der Universität Wien an einer Dissertation zum Thema der frühen medizinischen Kinematographie in Brüssel und Wien. Vorträge und Forschungsprojekte zur visuellen Medizin- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Ph.D Stipendiatin an der ULB, externe Lehrbeauftragte an der Medizinischen Universität Wien und Forschungsmitarbeiterin zu diversen geförderten interdisziplinären Projekten (FWF und WWTF) an der Schnittstelle von Kunst und Medizin.
Fellow-Projekt: Medicine in Motion – Early medical filmmaking as cultural practice shaping clinical specialisation, public health and visual modernity in Vienna and Brussels
In the early decades of the twentieth century, the moving picture appeared as a powerful yet contested tool in the modern era, a technology of transformation. Medical professionals were especially enthusiastic: the motion picture promised to open up new ways to scientifically study biological organisms and the human body, new ways to document conditions and treatments, new ways to teach. Targeted at different audiences and produced for different purposes, medical filmmaking emerged at the intersection of experimentation, training, pedagogy, advertisement, and entertainment.
Medical films have for a long time been discussed almost exclusively as illustrating medical education and scientific research, but have only recently begun to be critically analysed as a valuable historical source in their own right. Yet these films did not just help importantly to frame biopolitical and socio-political discourses. The film medium was also a product of research in various fields, and fed back on perception and problem solving in science, thereby shaping research practices and negotiating public health propaganda. This project explores the previously understudied medium-specificity of these film documents, which are a rich source for the history of medicine and the application of the medical-scientific film camera in the clinical as well as public health setting.
Mag. Katrin Pilz
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History
Hofburg, Batthyanystiege, Mezzanin