Biography

 

Rafael Dernbach

Rafael Dernbach

  • Alumni
  • Germany
  • 2014 PhD Modern and Medieval Languages: German
  • King's College

I grew up in Fulda, a small town in central Germany, where I wrote my first article for a local newspaper at the age of fifteen. Since then, I strongly believe that societies need a critical public to prevent abuses of power. This conviction led me to work as a journalist, parallel to and after my undergraduate education at University College Maastricht. I wrote as a freelancer for several media outlets in Germany, including ZDFinfo, Zeit Online and Welt. Further, I became a mentor and instructor for young journalists. This belief in the preventative capacity of a critical public also motivates my research in Cambridge. I will analyze how documentary methods have been appropriated by fictional formats, and how documentarians can react this repurposing. Ideally, my research will establish a framework for audio-visual documentary literacy in the 21st century, and in so doing, contribute to the maintenance of an informed public, despite today's rapidly-shifting media landscape.