I am very excited to be a HASTAC scholar this year. It's my first year so I am very curious to learn more about the community and connect with you!
I am a 2nd year PhD student in German Studies with a focus on Digital Humanities at MSU. Prior to Michigan I was studying for a MA in Culture-Language-Media at the University of Flensburg, working as a production assistant and line producer on TV commercials and (short) films in Hamburg and completed a BA in International Tourism and Leisure Management in the Netherlands, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. So I come from a quite divers background, which - I think - shines through in my works and they way I like to work.
My reserach interests include - broadly speaking - human mobility, migration, tourism and travel, german settlements in central and latin america, the representation of human mobility and the use of technology. I also work(ed) as a freelance videographer so that's another thing I love: filmmaking. I simply love moving image – while I it might not be the medium for EVERYTHING you want to communicate – it’s still my favorite.
Here is some stuff I am working on right now:
One of the projects that I would like to develop towards my PhD dissertation explores the perception, experience, and representation of the female body in transit through film. During the summer I recorded original footage for a documentary film I will be editing this semester and which merges critical elements of my research interests in German Studies (e.g. affect and movement, autobiographical documentary filmmaking, and tourism and migration studies) with Digital Humanities. Particularly, I am interested in exploring how video production can be used to deepen our scholarly inquiries and make findings accessible to non-academic publics. At the moment I am trying to find ways how the creative exploration of the topic and the critical exploration work together and create synergies. Any ideas, examples, reference to people who work on similar stuff is highly appreciated!
Another example of my work that - I think - bridges traditional work in the humanities and digital humanities is the UNTRANSLATABLE PROJECT, I co-produced with Rebecca Zantier. In the last semester we created an online repository that lets students and scholar collect words, which are not translatable to English. You can take a look at a video we made for that here: https://vimeo.com/89578309. We wanted to create a project that explores the fascinating world of languages words and ambiguity that one experiences when learning a foreign language. The compiling and exploring of the vast richness of language not only shows students the value and importance of learning another langue, but also presents translation itself as a self-critical exercise. We are currently working on writing up a paper on the potential of using video in researching issues of untranslatability and are also thankful for any advice, ideas or constructive criticism.