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Hypermedia Berlin and the Geo-Temporal Web

A CEES faculty lecture by TODD PRESNER, UCLA Germanic Languages

Todd Presner is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Jewish Studies. His research focuses on German-Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography. He is the author of two books: The first, Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains (Columbia University Press, 2007), maps German-Jewish intellectual history onto the development of the railway system; the second, Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration (Routledge, 2007), analyzes the aesthetic dimensions of the strong Jewish body. His recent articles have appeared in PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, German Politics and Society, Telos, and Cyberinfrastructure Technology Watch.

He is the founder and director of two digital mapping projects that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore the layered cultural histories of city spaces: Hypermedia Berlin (an interactive, web-based research tool and collaborative authoring environment for analyzing the cultural, architectural, and urban history of Berlin) and HyperCities, a dynamic platform for linking physical space with geo-temporal information. His current research focus on the development of the geo-spatial web, the cultural dimensions of augmented reality, issues of temporality and GIS, and the technical media that enable visualizations of complex city spaces.

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