Britta Meredith

Co-Director of German Studies, UConn Graduate Assistant

Literatures, Cultures, and Languages


Education:

Ph.D.   Literatures, Cultures and Languages / German Studies, University of Connecticut, (expected Dec. 2019)
M.A.    German Studies, University of Connecticut, 2014
StEx.    Staatsexamen, English, History, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen 2011

University, Graduate Certificates:

2015-2017 Humanities Institute, Certificate Program: Digital Humanities and Media Studies
2012-2016 School of Education, Certificate Program: Teaching for College Instruction
2012-2016 Human Rights Institute, Certificate Program: Human Rights
2010-2011 DAF-Institute,Certificate Program: Teaching German as a Foreign Language

Research Interests:

  • Vilém Flusser
  • Digital Humanities
  • Autobiographical Writings
  • Intercultural Communication
  • German Literature (20th Century, Modernism)

Bio:

Britta Meredith is a PhD candidate (ABD) and Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut. Since Fall 2019, she is the Co-Director of German Studies, alongside Professor Manuela Wagner. Britta Meredith’s dissertation research is on Vilém Flusser’s Rhizomatic Writings of the Self.

Awards and Recognitions (selection):

Britta received the Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Study of German in her MA (2013) and PhD (2015) from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Boston), as well as the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Connecticut in 2016.

Throughout her graduate studies, she received various fellowships to support her research, such as the Summer Fellowship for Doctoral Students (2017, 2018, 2019), or the Dissertation Research Funding Fellowship through the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (2017/18).

Moreover, Britta received the Borys and Linda S. Bilokur Award in Eastern European Studies (2018), and the Joseph A. Palermo LCL Excellence in Research Award for German (2019), for her dissertation research on the Czech-born author, writer and philosopher Vilém Flusser. Additionally, she received the LCL Graduate Studies Fellowship for the Fall and Spring Semester (2019/20).

Service (selection):

She is Co-Editor of Flusser 2.0 (2016-present) and UConnGerman (2018-present), and was elected Student-Faculty Liaison for the German Section (2015-2019). From 2018-2019 she has been the Multimedia Language Center Coordinator in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and in addition has volunteered as cultural ambassador for the Goethe Institute Boston.

She was Advisor of the German Language and Cultural Society (2017-2018) and from 2015-2018 she co-organized the German Studies Colloquium. In the fall 2018 Britta Meredith participated as an instructor in the pilot project “After-School German Language and Culture”, a collaboration  between the Goethe Institute Boston and the University of Connecticut. In 2014 she held the position of part-time Faculty at Quinnipiac University.

She presented on topics related to her PhD research at major conferences such as NeMLA (Hartford, CT; 2016), TTT (New York City, NY; 2016) and GSA (Atlanta, GA; fall 2017).

Recent publications (selection):

Britta Meredith’s research focuses on Holocaust survivor, writer and philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920-1991), who was a pivotal 20th century pioneer in media and communication theory. Britta Meredith’s e-publication “Hyperlinking Vilém Flusser” affords a visually rich

environment in which users may work with, compare and analyze the original manuscript of Vilém Flusser’s 1989 essay Schreiben für elektronisches Publizieren in various forms, while being able to join a scholarly discourse on, with and through the text.

 

Her projects intend to stimulate communication between disciplines, try to open new avenues of research, and aim to increase collaboration of researchers from various disciplines and fields of study. Appropriately, her latest publication “Social Justice in Beginning Language Instruction: Interpreting Fairy Tales” (Dimensions Special Issue 2018) was written in collaboration with Manuela Wagner et al.

 

Furthermore, she serves as co-editor with Anke Finger of Flusser 2.0: Remediating Ideas, Reimagining Textsa multimodal collection composed with Scalar. The purpose of this project is to use a multimodal platform, Scalar, to generate digital modes of scholarship, beyond print and linear formats, allowing for multiple sensory perceptions and exploring how thoughts or ideas are structured and organized in multimodal communication.

 

Correspondingly, Britta Meredith’s early work (Focus on German Studies Vol. 23, 2016) takes a closer look at senses and sensory perceptions in the 20th century novel Kleiner Mann, was nun? (1932).

 

Contact Information
Emailbritta.meredith@uconn.edu
Phone+1 860 486 3313
Mailing AddressDepartment of Literatures, Cultures &
Languages Oak Hall East SSHB Room 207 365 Fairfield Way U-1057 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationOak 202
CampusStorrs
Office HoursWednesdays, 11.20-1.20, by appointment only
CoursesCo-Director of German Studies, TA German 3233 Building Language Skills through Culture: Kultur in der Praxis 1