Institute of Media Studies

Dr. Meike Uhrig

Meike Uhrig, born in 1980, is on the academic staff of the chair of Professor Susanne Marschall (Focus: audiovisual media, film and TV).

Universität Tübinge
Wilhelmstr. 50
Raum 254
72074 Tübingen

 +49 (0) 7071 29-74282

Currently on parental leave


The key areas of Meike Uhrig's research work and key topics include: popular film, animation and fantasy film as well as media effects, media and emotion research, film psychology and cognitive film theory.

She also co-operates nationally and internationally with associated disciplines such as informatics, American studies, psychology, physiology and pathophysiology, and with editorial departments in journalism and film.

Curriculum Vitae

Meike Uhrig studied journalism and film studies at the Universities of Marburg and Mainz. She received her Master’s in European Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her doctoral thesis was funded by the Rhineland-Palatinate and the DAAD.

Her Master's thesis (2007) was an empirical investigation of the catharsis thesis and received the award for outstanding research from the Institute of Journalism, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. The study was published in "Publizistik" in 2010.

In her doctoral studies, which she finished in 2014 with „summa cum laude“ honors at the Institute of Media Studies of Tübingen University, she adopted an interdisciplinary approach to examining the emotional effects of films (Springer VS 2014).

In addition to studying and working towards her doctorate, she worked as a freelance for the dpa and SWR and completed internships and job shadowing in various editorial departments in the fields of journalism and film (including the ZFD, ARD, ARTE, and The San Francisco Film Festival). 

She spent a research year at the Psychological Institute of Stanford University in 2010/2011. 

Meike Uhrig has been a member of the academic staff at the Institute of Media Studies, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen since 2011.

Other Media-Scientific Activities

Research Projects (Selection)

  • Since 2015: „Disney & Death“ – Interdisciplinary research project with Santa Clara University (USA)
  • Since 2013: „Homo Artificious“ – Interdisciplinary research project with the departments for informatics and psychology at Tübingen University
  • Since 2012: „Close-Up Animation“ – Interdisciplinary research collaboration with the psychology departments at the Universities Dublin (IRE), Utrecht and Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2011-2015: „Cross-Cultural Happiness and Well-Being“ (CHAWS) – Interdisciplinary research collaboration with the psychology departments at the Universities Denver (USA) and Stanford (USA) i.a.
  • 2010-2011: „Culture and Emotion“ – Research project at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University
  • 2007-2009: „Modulation of pain perception through emotional and cognitive processes“ – BMBF-project at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Mainz


  • 2015 Seeking, Seizing, Sharing... Knowledge and the Fantastic
    Organization of the 6th annual conference of the Association for the Research on the Fantastic (GFF) in Tübingen
  • 2015 Animation Studies 
    Organization of the interdisciplinary winter school in Tübingen
  • 2014 Changing. Metamorphoses of Animation
    Organization of the 2nd  annual conference of AG Animation (GfM) in Tübingen
  • Since 2010: Organization and execution of panels, workshops and workshop specials in the area of face and animation research as well as research on media and emotion, 
    i.a., International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart (ITFS), FMX (Stuttgart)
  • Since 2010: Presentations covering media and emotion research as well as research on fantasy and animated film at  international conferences, 
    i.a. in Palo Alto (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Zürich (Switzerland), Milwaukee (USA).


  • Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF)
  • Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • Society for Animation Studies (SAS)
  • Society for Cognitive Studies oft he Moving Image (SCSMI)
  • AG Animation


Since 2007: Magister, BA und Master seminars and lectures in the areas of film, television, print and online, as well as reception, production, theory, history, and analysis at the Universities of Mainz and Tübingen

Since 2007: Practical seminars in the areas of print, online, film, television, and animation at the Universitäties of Mainz and Tübingen, 

  • "Zeitzeugnisse" (B.A.- student film project, summer semester 2011, in collaboration with Schwäbisches Tagblatt)
  • "Tübingen. das Porträt" (B.A.-student film project, summer semester 2012, in collaboration with Schwäbisches Tagblatt. Featuring (i.a.): Inge Jens, Gerd Simon, Dieter Baumann)
  • "Tübingen der Film. Die Geschichte" (Final Master project in collaboration with Haus des Dokumentarfilms, Stadt Tübingen, Schwäbisches Tagblatt as well as Zentrum für Medienkompetenz of Tübingen University)

Since 2010: Supervision of theoretical and practical BA and Master projects at Tübingen University,

  • "Die Fluoreszenz" (Winner of Studium Professionale Award 2011)
  • "Tomaten zum Frühstück" (2017)

Main publications

  • Uhrig, M. (in press). Emotion in Animated Films. New York/London: Routledge. 
  • Uhrig, M. (in press). Animotion. Animating Emotions in the Digital Age. In: Uhrig, M. (Hg.) Emotion in Animated Films. New York/London: Routledge. 
  • Uhrig, M. (2018): In the Face of... Animated Fantasy Characters. In: Holliday, C. & Sergant, A. (Hg.) Fantasy/Animation. Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres. Routledge 2017.
  • Uhrig, M., Cuntz-Leng, V. & Kollinger, L. (2017). Vom Suchen, Verstehen und Teilen. Wissen in der Fantastik. [Seeking, Seizing, Sharing... Knowledge and the Fantastic.] Wiesbaden: Springer VS. 
  • Eckel, J., Feyersinger, E. & Uhrig, M. (2017). Im Wandel. Metamorphosen der Animation. [Changing. Metamorphoses of Animation.] Wiesbaden: Springer VS. 
  • Cuntz-Leng, V., Kollinger, L. & Uhrig, M. (2016). Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung. [Journal for Fantastic Studies.] 2(6), Berlin: LIT.
  • Uhrig, M. (2016). Visual Communication Effects: Moving Images. In: The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Uhrig, M. & Trautmann N. (2016). Emotion elicitation. A comparison of images and films, Frontiers in Psychology, 7.
  • Uhrig, M. (2014). Darstellung, Rezeption und Wirkung von Emotionen im Film. Eine interdisziplinäre Untersuchung. [Representation, Reception and Effects of Emotions in Film]. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Uhrig, M., Kepplinger, H.M. (2010). Ist die Katharsis-Theorie zu retten? [Can catharsis theory be saved?] In: Publizistik, 55 (1), S. 5-23.