Erik Born
Erik Born is a doctoral candidate in the Department of German, pursuing a concurrent PhD in German Studies and Medieval Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media Studies. Drawing on insights from the fields of media archaeology and the study of cultural techniques, his dissertation examines the emergence of wireless technologies around 1900 and their relation to current debates about mobile media, pervasive computing, and social networks. His other research interests include mysticism, the secularism debates, theories of vision, and the relation between old and new media. Erik is the co-editor of Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Living Together in the German-Speaking World, and the author of an article on Hans Richter’s avant-garde films as well as film studies book reviews for the Yearbook of German-American Studies. He served as the managing editor of TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World. In 2014-15, Erik was the Fulbright/IFK Junior Fellow at the IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna. He is currently finishing his dissertation in Berlin.

Research Areas

Medieval Studies; Media Studies; the history of mysticism; theories of transmission; the relation between old and new media