Weber, Tabea Sabrina
Since 2008, I am interested in representation of nonhuman animals in literature and other media and how these influences or relationship with them in different ways. I am enthusiastic about cultural studies, because I think that academic research, especially related to social or environmental issues, should not exist in a bubble. I like working in interdisciplinary contexts and exchange thoughts with academics from other areas, particularly with those interested in animals or environmental issues.
My individual research focus as PhD student of Bielefeld University is on sharks in their fictional and nonfictional (re)presentation, the interpretation of situations where sharks and humans meet in different contact zones and how media presents this as well as literary and film representations of sharks and human-shark-interaction. As so many sharks are highly threatened and this is to large extent due to specific medial pictures and the hyper-awareness of sharks and shark-related accidents after Benchley’s novel and Spielberg’s blockbuster JAWS, I think there is a specific responsibility to deal with shark species from different perspectives.
At the moment, I am also working at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover as member of the team on Ethics in Veterinary Medicine. Also, I am free lecturer for Cultural Studies at Paderborn University, where I am including Animal Studies approaches in most of my seminars and I am a freelances in art education at Museum Marta Herford, where I am also constantly trying to raise issues of human-animal-relationship in exhibitions that can be related to sustainability and/or human self-reflection (which would not?) within all animal life.