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Participants 2013

Hannah Borisch
is a doctoral student in the Graduate Program ‘Media of History – History of Media’ in Weimar. She previously studied Applied Theater Studies in Giessen and Theory of Audiovisual Arts in Lodz. Currently she is working on a dissertation concerning early ballooning. Her research interests include intersections of aesthetics and technology, history of air, theories of space and mobility, travel literature, vehicles, installation art.

Erik Born
is pursuing a concurrent PhD in German Studies and Medieval Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include mysticism, the secularism debates, theories of vision, and the relation between old and new media. He is the co-editor of Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Living Together in the German-Speaking World (2012), and the author of forthcoming publications on “The Paperworlds of Early Modern Cosmography” (2013) and “Notation: From Scrolls to Scores” (2013).

Carolina Sá-Carvalho
is a doctoral student in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Princeton University. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century Latin American literature; photography; technology; and their relationships to questions of knowledge, perception and memory. She is writing a dissertation tentatively entitled “Traces of the Unseen: Photography, Writing and Contact in Three Expeditions in the Tropics”.

Katherine Chandler
is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley with a designated emphasis in New Media from the Berkeley Center for New Media. Her work transects social theory, art practice, and new media studies, exploring how images and sensory information intertwine with ways of making value. She highlights the political- technological-ethical dimensions of how people see, sense and act. Her dissertation, “Drone Flights and Failures: Unmanning American Military Operations 1944-1974,” is a genealogy of drones, which studies how military targets became targeting systems. She asks how the technologies interact with humans and examines the consequences of these interactions.

Chad A. Córdova
is a PhD student in the department of French and Italian at Princeton University specializing in 19th and 20th c. literature. His main fields of research include the history of science and philosophy in France, the 20th c. Parisian avant-garde movements, media and cinema studies, and philosophy of language.

Andrew Dechet
is a PhD candidate in the German Department at Princeton University. He has an undergraduate degree in German from the same university, and has Masters degrees from Oxford University in Social Anthropology and English Literature. Academic interests include photography and the relationship of economic practice and theory to literature and other forms of cultural production.

Jake Fraser
is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He has also studied at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His research interests are centered around media theory, phenomenology of temporality and rhetoric.

Jacob Haubenreich
is completing a Ph. D. in German at the University of California, Berkeley. Jacob received a Fulbright grant to conduct research at the Swiss Literature Archive in Bern for his dissertation, which is titled “The Materialities of Writing in Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.”Jacob’s research interests include the 19th-21st century literature and philosophy, media materialities, post-hermeneutics, and new materialisms.

Karin Kröger
is a PhD-candidate of the DFG Graduate Research Program “Media of History – History of Media” at Weimar, Erfurt and Jena. Her dissertation project with the working title “Mathematical Media Literature” is dealing with notation and writing in poetic texts and manuscripts by Samuel Beckett, Georges Perec and Velimir Khlebnikov. She studied literature, Russian philology, sociology and political studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany and the State University of Saint-Petersburg, Russia, and graduated with a BAThesis on Dmitry Prigovs Azbuki (Alphabets). For her graduate studies she studied at the Graduate Program of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at the MA-Program Texts. Signs. Medias at the University of Erfurt, where she gained her MA- degree with a thesis on “Notational Iconicity (Schriftbildlichkeit) of poetic text, on the example of Velimir Khlebnikov.” Her main research interests are (history of) writing and notation, performativity and operativity, intersections of literature with art, music and theater and inter-cultural studies.

Elena Meilicke
is a Ph.D. student with the research program „Media of History/History of Media“ at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She is working on a dissertation called „Mediengeschichte(n) der Paranoia“ which explores 20th century paranoia as a ‚media pathology’ that influenced media theory. She holds a master’s degree in German Literature from Humboldt-University in Berlin and spent a year studying Chinese and film studies at the University of California Los Angeles on a Fulbright scholarship. Her research interests include the history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, media theory and history, and film. She also works as a film critic.

Anna-Maria Meister
is a PhD-candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture Program at Princeton University. Meister is currently a fellow in Princeton’s IHUM Program, working on questions of norm and normalization in relation to German modernization. Meister hold degrees in architecture from Columbia University, New York and the University of Technology, Munich. Her work has received funding through a DAAD Fellowship as well as grants and fellowships from Columbia University and Princeton University. Additionally to teaching and co-curating exhibitions and workshops, her research has been published in Baumeister, Arch+, Architectural Review and others.

Ely Rosenblum
is a Canadian ethnographer and sound recordist with experience combining anthropology, philosophy, and art in his research. He facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue through editorial and curatorial work as a founding editor of ART/E/FACT: Publications and Exhibitions of Art & Anthropology. Previous projects examined spoken word poetry in Nova Scotia and contemporary folk song in Britain, and include collaborative media projects with folk singer Sam Lee, filmmaker Vincent Moon, and composer Tod Machover. Ely is currently writing a history of field recording practices from 1950 to present at the University of Cambridge for a PhD in Music under the supervision of Nicholas Cook.

Tanya Shilina-Conte
is a doctoral student in the Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo. She is writing her dissertation, “Black Screens, White Frames: Cinema and Negative Mimesis,” under the supervision of Tony Conrad, Roy Roussel and Joan Copjec. Tanya holds a Ph.D. in English from Saint-Petersburg Herzen State University (2004) and an M.A. in Film Studies from SUNY at Buffalo (2012). She is also the recipient of an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (2006). Her book, “Midway Upon the Road”: A Study of Openings in Contemporary Short Fiction was published in 2011. She teaches a variety of courses in Film Theory, Global Media and Culture, Color and the Moving Image, and Avant-Garde Cinema. Her interests are global and exilic cinema, experimental film, phenomenology of film and multisensory media.

Kenneth White
is an artist, writer, and curator. He is a PhD candidate in Art History at Stanford University. He is completing a dissertation entitled Libidinal Engineers: Three Studies in Cybernetics and Its Discontents. He has published in PUBLIC, Screen, Millennium Film Journal, and San Francisco Arts Quarterly, among other periodicals and books. Recent curatorial projects include System Operations for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial and the Eli Ridgway Gallery. Recent presentation locations include IKKM Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Yale University, and Harvard University. In 2013-2014, White will be a Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Nathaniel Wolfson
is a doctoral student in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton. He studied Comparative Literature at Brown University and Brazilian literature at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include Latin American and particularly Brazilian literature of the 19th and 20th century; realism; concrete poetry and poetics; and philosophical aesthetics.