I am an associate professor of Italian language, literature and culture with twenty-four years of teaching & leadership experience at the university level. My areas of specialization are Medieval & Renaissance Italian literature and foreign (F/L2) language acquisition. Currently, my focus is on the applications of technology and digital media to language acquisition, in particular video game-based learning (VGBL). In fall 2016, as a recipient of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Reinert Center for Innovative Teaching, I developed Intensive Italian for Gamers. The course was successfully taught in the SLU state-of-the-art Learning Studio in spring 2017. I have presented my research and results in workshops and presentations, at conferences and in publications (in print and forthcoming). I have an extensive and eclectic background in Classics (Greek and Latin, Philology, Literature), Ancient and Medieval History, Theology, Philosophy; but also in Cinema Studies, International Studies, Communications and Journalism. I definitely enjoyed the variety of my studies. I am a firm believer in multidisciplinary approaches to both learning and teaching.
Brigitte Braun studied History, Art History, and German Studies at the Universities of Kiel, Trier, and Wroclaw (Poland). She received her master of arts (Magistra Artium) from the University of Trier with her thesis “Early Cinema in Trier”. Her dissertation “Politics in the Cinema, 1919-1925” focuses on German and French film politics and propaganda in the occupied Rhineland after the First World War (supervised by professors Lutz Raphael and Martin Loiperdinger). From 2001 to 2012, she worked as lecturer and researcher in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Trier. Her research and teaching included areas such as early cinema, film and history, and media, politics, persuasion and propaganda. She participated in the Sreen1900 research projects “Non-fiction Film in Germany 1895 to 1918”, “The Use of Visual Media in Poor Relief in Britain around 1900”, “The Social Question in Lantern Shows and Early Cinema around 1900” (all funded by the German Research Foundation), and “Travelling Cinema in Europe” (funded by Luxembourg and Greater Region European Capital of Culture, 2007). She also was an Erasmus lecturer at the University of Zurich, Department of Film Studies.After her time in Trier, Brigitte worked at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in the Studium Generale Department, specializing on academic skills development in university teaching and open educational resources. Since 2014, she has been publications manager and editorial journalist at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and works as a research freelancer in the fields of media, history, politics, and propaganda.
Dr Sarah Dellmann is trainee research librarian at Kassel University Library. By training, she is a researcher and lecturer with a background in cultural heritage, film history and media studies. Her focus lies on West-European visual culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially film and magic lantern. From 2015-2018, she initiated and coordinated the international research project A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning. Dr Sarah Dellmann worked as editor at the journal Early Popular Visual Culture and follows debates on data management, archiving and Open Access closely. Her monograph “Images of Dutchness” was nominated for the The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation 2019 Moving Image Book Award. It was reviewed in Early Popular Visual Culture (English), H-Soz-Kult (OA, in English) and Filmkrant #420 (OA, in Dutch).
Johannah Rodgers is a writer, artist, and educator whose work explores representation and communication practices across media and their socio-economic and environmental implications. She is the author of DNA: A Networked Fiction Project, 52WordDrawings (mimeograph, 2017), Technology: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2014), and several multimedia projects, which make use of digital, mechanical, and analog visualization tools to document, analyze, and communicate information about public spending, civic literacy, and social action in relation to income inequality in the United States. She is currently working on a new collection of verbal and visual essays entitled “Dispatches From an Uncertain Future.” Until January, 2018, she was an Associate Professor at the City University of New York, a position she resigned from as a result of ongoing labor issues and their relationships with student retention and graduation rates. You can read more about her and her work at http://www.johannahrodgers.net / @what_is_writing.