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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Rafael Dernbach



King's College



Professor Andrew Webber

About Me

Postgraduate Coordinator for the German Screen Studies Network (GSSN)

Co-Convenor of the “Observing Others” AHRC DTP Research Group 2016-2017


My research is concerned with constructions of futures in contemporary documentary art. My doctoral thesis examines different practices of speculation, prediction and reflections on futurity in the works of the documentarists Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl and Neil Beloufa. From their works I develop the idea of an anticipatory realism that sensitives for the agency of futures in the present.


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

AHRC Doctoral Scholarship


Honorary Fellow of the Kurt Hahn Trust

Visiting student research collaborator at Princeton University (2016)

Visiting doctoral student at Friedrich Schegel Graduate School, Freie Universität Berlin (2015-2016)

Writer in Residence 2015 at the Summer Academy of Fine Art in Salzburg


G13: Berlin in Film


Dernbach, R. (2018). An Uncanny Architecture of Control – hyperactive incapacity and financial gazing, In: A. Ring, H. Steiner, K. Veel (eds.) Architectures of Control (forthcoming with Brill)

Dernbach, R. (2016). Wie bestimmt sich Widerstand? Interview with Ilija Trojanow. German Life & Letters, 69 (3), 408-416

Dernbach, R. (2014). Hacking the Vision Machine: Farocki’s and Paglen’s detourning of control images. Revista Teknokultura, 11(2), 383-403

Other activities and roles

Postgraduate Coordinator of the German Screen Studies Network

Personal website

​Supervised by

Professor Andrew Webber, Dr Laura McMahon, Dr Rupert Stasch