My current research examines the emergence of wireless media in German modernity. Drawing on insights from the fields of media archaeology and the study of cultural techniques, my project situates the “discovery” of electromagnetic radiation and the “invention” of wireless telegraphy in a richer field of scientific, experimental, and aesthetic relations, thereby providing a fresh perspective on the pre-history of national broadcasting. Before wireless transmission came to be synonymous with the mass distribution medium of radio or even the long-distance communication medium of wireless telegraphy, it was at the center of speculation about a variety of possible wireless futures.
The impetus for this research project came out of my dissertation, which I completed at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. To complete the dissertation, I conducted archival research in Austria and Germany, and spent a year as the Fulbright/IFK Junior Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna, Austria.
I’m also the co-editor of Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Living Together in the German-Speaking World, and the author of articles on early avant-garde films and medieval media theory, as well as translations and book reviews on topics in film and media studies.
A current copy of my CV can be found here.