Exploring the Selfie

Historical, Theoretical, and Analytical Approaches to Digital Self-Photography

  • Julia Eckel
  • Jens Ruchatz
  • Sabine Wirth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Julia Eckel, Jens Ruchatz, Sabine Wirth
    Pages 1-23
  3. The Selfie in Media Theory and History

  4. The Displayed Self: The Selfie as Aesthetic Object and Networked Image

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Hagi Kenaan
      Pages 113-130
    3. Alise Tifentale, Lev Manovich
      Pages 167-187
  5. The Self on Display: Technology and Dispositif of the Selfie

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Florian Krautkrämer, Matthias Thiele
      Pages 239-259
    3. Winfried Gerling
      Pages 261-283
    4. Lisa Gotto
      Pages 285-301
  6. Displaying the Self: Social, Political, and Creative Interventions

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 379-392

About this book


This volume explores the selfie not only as a specific photographic practice that is deeply rooted in digital culture, but also how it is understood in relation to other media of self-portrayal. Unlike the public debate about the dangers of 'selfie-narcissism', this anthology discusses what the practice of taking and sharing selfies can tell us about media culture today: can the selfie be critiqued as an image or rather as a social practice? What are the technological conditions of this form of vernacular photography? By gathering articles from the fields of media studies; art history; cultural studies; visual studies; philosophy; sociology and ethnography, this book provides a media archaeological perspective that highlights the relevance of the selfie as a stereotypical as well as creative practice of dealing with ourselves in relation to technology.


Digital media Twentieth century Digital photography Social network Self-portraiture Web culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Julia Eckel
    • 1
  • Jens Ruchatz
    • 2
  • Sabine Wirth
    • 3
  1. 1.Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany
  3. 3.Philipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany

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