Friederike Ahrens is a doctoral candidate at the department of media studies at the University of Cologne (Germany) and a collegiate at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. She did her undergraduate studies in literary, cultural and media studies at the Universities of Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Vienna (Austria) and Nantes (France). She received a Diploma in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Dusseldorf and the University of Nantes. Her current research focuses on the Gaia theory in film studies and STS, ecocinema, ecofeminist STS and new materialism.