Fellow Prof. Dr. Maja Tabea Jerrentrup

Prof. Dr. Maja Tabea Jerrentrup

Ajeenkya DY Patil University

HAW Landshut

  Fellow at CAIS from July until December 2021


Visual Representation & Well-Being

The project explores the question of how staged visual representation in social media influences the well-being of the sitter. First of all, this concerns the dispositif, i.e. the constellation when photographing, in which gender aspects play a role, but also creativity lived out together. With regard to the image motifs, it is a matter of dealing with identity, and this on different levels: People can live out parallel identities, possibly unsuitable for everyday life, or embody and at the same time better define through staging what they are not. In favour of the image concept, the body is often, to a certain extent, overcome – it is no longer a question of how one looks, but whether the image of which one is a part adequately represents the given concept.

Moreover, the staging of certain popular themes also often reveals something about motifs that are socially relevant on a more general level.

Main Research Topics
  • Qualitative Methods / Participant Observation
  • Embodiment
  • Identity
  • Gender
Curriculum Vitae
  • Assoc. Professorin für “Media & Photography”, Ajeenkya DY Patil University, Pune
  • Studies University of Trier, University of Utrecht, Loyola College Chennai
  • Dr. phil. University of Trier
  • Managing Director Excellence Cluster „Social Netzworks“, University of Trier & University of Mainz
  • Faculty Member Indian Institute of Photography
  • Professor Ajeenkya DY Patil University
  • Coming up: Staging the Other – Orientalism in contemporary Media. Arte, Individuo y Sociedad
  • Ugly on the Internet. From #authenticity to #selflove. Visual Studies 36 (1), 2021.
  • Arrogantly looked at – The status of the recipient in High Fashion Photography Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, Special Issue: Eroticism, Photography & Design 8 (2), 2021.
  • “Every frame has some touch of Indian culture to it” – Reflections on an Indian Style of Photography. South Asia Research, 41 (3), 2021.
  • Das Selbst modellieren. Musik-, Tanz- und Kunsttherapie 30 (1), 2021.
  • Two Media and their Implications. Culture and Society. Journal of Social research 12 (1),
  • You+me no2, digital short film project, with Andrea Sunder-Plassmann (Alanus Hochschule)