Sebastian Armbrust studied media culture and English at the University of Hamburg, and graduated with a M.A. thesis on Visual Metaphor in Film. He joined the Graduate School Media and Communication in 2010 with a dissertation project on Plotting in Serial Television Drama. He held a fellowship granted by the Graduate School from 2010-13, and is currently a research assistant at the University of Hamburg’s Institute for Media and Communication. His dissertation project bridges the gaps between narrative theory, cognitive film theory, and the storytelling strategies pursued by screenwriters in contemporary US television drama, ranging from ‘quality’ mainstream productions like House to critical darlings like The Wire and Breaking Bad.
“Serielles Erzählen in US-amerikanischen Fernsehserien.” [Serial Storytelling in US Television.] Proseminar, winter term 2011-12, Institute for Media and Communication, University of Hamburg.
“Metaphern in audiovisuellen Medien.” [Metaphors in Audiovisual Media.] Proseminar, summer term 2011, Institute for Media and Communication, University of Hamburg.
“Eventfulness in Contemporary Television Drama.” 3rd Conference of the European Narratology Network (ENN), 29-30. März 2013, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.
“Zur Ethik US-Amerikanischer Serienhelden.” [On the Ethics of US Serial Television Heroes.] Conference Menschenbilder in der Populärkultur – Konflikte und Wandel. March 29-31, 2012, University of Vienna.
“Analyzing Storytelling Strategies in Serial Television Drama: Hybridization, Procedural Structure, and Polyvalence in House M.D.” 2nd ENN Conference „Working with Stories“, March 9-11, 2011, Syddansk Universitet Kolding, DK.
“Serielle Perspektiven auf Patienten und Ärzte, Körper und Psyche in Dr. House.” [Serial Perspectives on Doctors, Bodies, and Psyche in House.] Workshop Medium Menschenbild, February 17-19, 2011, University of Mainz.
“Visual Manifestations of Conceptual Metaphors in Film.” Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) 2009 Workshop: “Metaphor, metonymy & multimodality.” June 4-5, 2009, University of Amsterdam.