Birgit Schneider

Membership:  2017

Member Bio

Birgit Schneider holds a PhD in cultural studies and is currently a professor of media ecology at the Potsdam University Institute for Arts and Media in the European Media Studies program. She studied art history and media studies, philosophy, and media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Goldsmiths College in London, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1998 to 2003, she worked as a graphic designer. She was a research associate in the project "Das Technische Bild" (The Technical Image) at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt University from 2000 to 2007. There, she wrote her dissertation on the history of punched-card weaving, which was published in 2007 under the title Textiles Prozessieren: Eine Geschichte der Lochkartenweberei. In 2008 she worked as a content developer for art + com, a Berlin-based media design company, on an exhibition on sustainability and climate change. Her current research concentrates on the visual communication of climate since 1800 and a genealogy of climate change visualization between science, aesthetics, and politics.


  • “The Feeling of Red and Blue: A Constructive Critique of Color Mapping in Visual Climate Change Communication.” In The Handbook of Climate Change Communication, Climate Change Management, edited by Walter Leal Filho. Cham: Springer, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Burning Worlds of Cartography: A Critical Approach to Climate Cosmograms of the Anthropocene.” Geography and Environment3, no. 2 (2016): e00027.
  • with Horst Bredekamp and Vera Dünke, eds. The Technical Image: A History of Styles in Scientific Imagery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • with Thomas Nocke, eds. Image Politics of Climate Change: Visualizations, Imaginations, Documentations. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, in cooperation with Columbia Press, 2014.
  • “Climate Model Simulation Visualization from a Visual Studies Perspective.” WIREs Climate Change 3, no. 2 (2012): 185–93.
  • "Ein Darstellungsproblem des klimatischen Wandels? Zur Analyse und Kritik wissenschaftlicher Expertenbilder und ihren Grenzen." In Kritische Berichte, Zeitschrift für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften 3 (2010): 80–90.
  • Das Technische Bild. Kompendium für eine Stilgeschichte wissenschaftlicher Bilder. Edited with Horst Bredekamp, Birgit Schneider, and Vera Dünkel, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2008.
  • Textiles Prozessieren. Eine Mediengeschichte der Lochkartenweberei.Berlin: diaphanes, 2007.