Friederike Zenker
Research associate
PhD candidate
PhD candidate

Friederike Zenker

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes

Research associate

Steinengraben 5
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 18 56
friederike.zenker@unibas.ch


Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

eikones – Zentrum für die Theorie und Geschichte des Bildes

PhD candidate

Rheinsprung 9/11
4051 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 18 56
friederike.zenker@unibas.ch


Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät

PhD candidate

friederike.zenker@unibas.ch

Curriculum Vitae

In 2016 I started my Ph.D. at the University of Basel. My interdiciplinary thesis deals with the role of photographic and filmic images for recognizing the moral value of animals. It is supervised by Markus Wild (Philosophy, Basel) and Sabine Nessel (Film Studies, Berlin). I am currently part of the eikones graduate school. In 2015 I completed my MA degree in Philosophy and German Language and Literature at the University of Freiburg. My studies included stays abroad in Glasgow and Buenos Aires. Besides my studies I worked as tutor, undergraduate research assistant and language teacher.

Current project

Seeing Singular Animals
The Role of Photographic and Filmic Images for the Moral Discourse on Animal Individuality

An animal on photography or film can be described as a singular individual or as a placeholder for something else. In an encyclopaedia, the pictured lion stands for its kind. Nevertheless, it can also be perceived directly as a particular living being. The Ph.D project Singuläre Tiere sehen investigates these two perspectives on individual animals in regard to their descriptive and normative aspects, combining philosophy of photography and film with contemporary animal ethics.

Robert Bresson, Au Hasard Balthazar, Filmstill, 1966.

Robert Bresson, Au Hasard Balthazar, Filmstill, 1966.