I am an Assistant Professor in Digital Media at the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. My research focuses on the material-discursive practices of scholarly research and communication. In my work I critically analyse alternative models of scholarly communication such as open access publishing and living, liquid and remixed books: publishing experiments that try to challenge ideas of authorship, the fixed text, copyright and originality, as well as the system of material production surrounding the book. I try to engage with these new forms both in theory and in practice, where I perform my own research in an alternative, digital, and open way, by publishing it online as it develops, and by experimenting with different, remixed, multimodal and multiplatform versions of my work. In this way I want to rethink the way we do research and how we publish it to avoid uncritically repeating what have become our dominant scholarly practices.
I am a computer and environmental scientist currently working as a research funding manager at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode, Germany, where I am also teaching Statistics as an associate lecturer. Beyond that, I am a senior photonics researcher at HarzOptics GmbH, a research institute affiliated with Harz University.
I write books about — and teach classes on — children’s books and comics.
My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory, the history of archaeology, public archaeology and the early medieval archaeology of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia (c. 400-1100). I’m a co-director of Project Eliseg, and co-convenor of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory.
Giorgio Buccellati studied at the Catholic University (Milan, Italy), Fordam University and received his Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He is Research Professor in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and in the Department of History at UCLA. He founded the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, of which he served as first director from 1973 until 1983 and where he is now Director of the Mesopotamian Lab. He is currently the Co-Director of the Urkesh/Mozan Archaeological Project as well as Director of IIMAS – The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies and Director of AVASA – Associazione per la Valorizzazione dell’Archeologia e della Storia Antica. His research interests include the ancient languages, the literature, the religion, the archaeology and the history of Mesopotamia, as well as the theory of archaeology. His publications include site reports, text editions, linguistic and literary studies as well as on archaeological theory, historical monographs and essays on philosophy and spirituality. He has published a structural grammar of ancient Babylonian, two volumes on Mesopotamian civilization (on religion and politics; two more are forthcoming on literature as well as on art and architecture), a volume on archaeological theory dealing with the structural, digital and philosophical aspects of the archaeological record. He has authored two major scholarly websites on the archaeology of Urkesh and on archaeological theory. As a Guggenheim Fellow, he has traveled to Syria to study modern ethnography and geography for a better understanding of the history of the ancient Amorites. In his field work, he has developed new approaches to the preservation and presentation of archaeological sites and to community archaeology. He has spearheaded the Urkesh Extended Project, responding to the crisis of the war in Syria by maintaining a very active presence at the site. Giorgio Buccellati has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Together with his wife, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, he is co-director of the archaeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They work closely together both in the field and on the publication reports from their excavations, of which five volumes, plus audio-visual presentations, have appeared so far. They lead an international staff comprising colleagues and students from the US, Europe, the Near East and Asia and have given joint lectures on the excavations, and workshops on methods used, at major archaeological centers around the world as well as holding positions as visiting professors in various European universities.
I’ve been working with the written (and spoken) word, very broadly construed, since 2004. I love and enjoy working with texts: I write, edit, research, translate, proofread, fact-check, peer-review and present them. Together with Rebeka Sara Szigethy, I’m also the co-founder of the creative enterprise The Drawer Project and the business partnership Textor Languages. I’m a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society, the Milton Society of America, the British Haiku Society and the Association Computability in Europe. Other positions I hold are those of Editorial Board member at the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies, peer-reviewer for Watchung Review, and community reviewer for EAI Endorsed Transactions: e-Learning and EAI Endorsed Transactions: Security and Safety. My full CV as well as educational and work history is available on my LinkedIn profile.