On April 7th, 2020, Britta Meredith successfully defended her dissertation on the philosopher and writer Vilém Flusser:
Vilém Flusser was a migrant and nomad, exiled, uprooted, without firm ground. He was an industrious essayist and 20th-century pioneer in media and communication theory and, among other scholars, paved the way for what we now call Digital Humanities. Flusser’s own theories on rhizomatic and hypertextual writings are connected with his autobiographic theory, as “[t]his structure is given to us through the language within which we think, just as irrevocably as it is given to the spider through the web.” (Vilém Flusser, On Doubt 40). This dissertation seeks to explore and illustrate Flusser’s oeuvre as an exemplary model for understanding his lived theory of rhizomatic autobiographical writings.
Using Flusser’s non-linear approach to thinking, writing and translating, Dr. Meredith authored a hybrid dissertation consisting of a non-linear, hyperlinked narrative in combination with a website.
Her committee members included Anke Finger (major advisor), Katharina von Hammerstein, and Sebastian Wogenstein.