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Mary Flanagan arrives at Dartmouth

Yesterday Dartmouth College announced the appointment of Mary Flanagan as our first chair of Digital Humanities. I?m excited about this announcement and Dartmouth?s commitment to the digital humanities through the impressive endowment available for this position. She joins Dartmouth's other scholar of the digital, Aden Evens (English) in this quickly growing area of research. I first encountered Mary?s work through her edited volume reload (MIT Press, 2002), which we used in a course examining postmodernism and postmodern theory from (among other critical positions) feminism. It was a fantastic text for opening our discussion of cyberculture and the critique of postmodernism and I?m looking forward to learning more from her in the coming year. Welcome Mary!!!

I?m including below part of the text from the College?s announcement:

Dartmouth appoints first chair of Digital Humanities

Dartmouth's Office of the Dean of the Faculty is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor of Film and Media Studies, Mary Flanagan, as the inaugural endowed chair holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities.

A $10-million dollar gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a long time benefactor of the College, has endowed two Distinguished Professorships in Emerging Fields in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  These professorships were designed to attract and support faculty who show exceptional promise and are positioned to make significant advances in new and emerging disciplines.  "Mary Flanagan's innovative work and the pioneering development of new programs that she and other faculty are planning will ignite the imagination of students and faculty alike. I am so pleased that she has arrived and I look forward to working with Mary and the other faculty involved in the digital humanities as they shape this emerging discipline," said Dean of the Faculty, Carol Folt.

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