Statement of Purpose

DHMS Statement of Purpose

Britta Meredith

            Early one Thursday morning, on a near empty train to Philadelphia, I found myself, with caffeine rushing through my veins, and (thanks to working wifi) with the world at my fingertips. On that journey to the Untimeliness of Media conference at the University of Pennsylvania, I (for the first time consciously) marveled the opportunities of the digital for my work in the humanities.

            Presenting at this conference on my DH project “Hyperlinking Vilèm Flusser” (which I started during my first semester in the PhD at UConn,) I had not yet reflected on if, and how, I wanted to continue with digital humanities and media studies in my academic future. However, with this first step, going to my first conference off campus, I changed this for the better. With every subsequent presentation, CFP, and talk, I grew more confident and excited about digital humanities and the role they play for my own work. Within two years, I evolved from a person with the most basic computer skills, to someone proficient in several online tools and platforms and undertaking various online publication and digital research endeavors. Moreover the digital realm has become more important for my teaching and for engaging my students as well. Digital tools are not only transforming the ways in which students learn, but also how I, as a scholar, research, interpret, and communicate ideas. While most work in Grad-School requires a collaborative relationships with colleagues and students in one’s own department, I have found digital humanities to go beyond these relationships, fostering communication and collaboration with scholars in other departments, outside one’s own university, and even with the public. Communication and interdisciplinary collaboration are key in DH. During my first year already, I joined a DH reading group, exchanging and communicating ideas and thoughts on DH projects, and later subscribed to a DHMS List-server.

            Ever since my first conference in Philadelphia back in 2016, media studies and digital humanities have become an integral part of my scholarly life. In addition to my communication with various personae in DH, and my presentation of DH related topics at major conferences in Philadelphia, Hartford, New York City, and Boston, I have secured four online publications[1] for this year. As an example, I currently finish my “Hyperlinking Flusser” contribution to an online publication project, which I co-edit with one of the leading Flusser Scholars (Professor Anke Finger): Flusser 2.0 Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts. I also present this contribution at the German Studies Association in Atlanta, in the fall of this year, as well as continue my work as co-editor of the online publication project Flusser 2.0 Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts.

            I have come to realize the importance of, and need for proficiency in, digital tools and media for an academic career. Digital humanities and media studies have thus become intrinsic to my own teaching, my work as a scholar and my dissertation research. For these reasons I seek to pursue the Digital Humanities and Media Studies Certificate at the University of Connecticut.

[1] Finger, Anke and Meredith, Britta. Flusser 2.0 Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts. (Editors: Anke Finger, Britta Meredith). Web. In: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/flusser-20. Expected Summer 2017.

Finger, Anke and Meredith, Britta. Flusser 2.0 an Introduction to the online project (Authors: Anke Finger, Britta Meredith). Web. In: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/flusser-20. Expected Summer 2017.

Meredith, Britta. “Hyperlinking Flusser”. Flusser 2.0 Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Texts. Web. In: http://scalar.usc.edu/works/flusser-20. Expected Summer 2017.

Meredith, Britta. “Of Failure, Faults and Flaws – Embracing Imperfection?”. Brain Bytes: DHMS Blog. Web. In: http://dhmediastudies.uconn.edu/brain-bytes-dhms-weekly-blog/. Expected April 2017.

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