• A Message in a Bottle: Holocaust Writing on the Edge of Death. Projected length: 250 pp. (in progress). Taking its title from Paul Celan’s idea of a poem as a “Flaschenpost” (message in a bottle), this book analyzes a unique archive of Holocaust letters and diaries that were written days and sometimes even hours before the death of the author. Using a conceptual framework built on the philosophies of Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida, the project investigates the idea of writing blindly on the edge of death, the attempt to communicate to the future, and the ethical imperatives of being open to the message of the wholly other.
  • Digital Humanities 2.0, collaborative book project with Jeffrey Schnapp, Johanna Drucker, and Peter Lunenfeld (under consideration at University of California Press). This collaboratively written, designed, and edited volume aims to articulate the theory and history of the second wave of “digital humanities.” Providing disciplinary, institutional, and project histories, the book examines the state of the Humanities in the first decade of the twenty-first century and argues that the Humanities are more necessary than ever to understand the cultural and social implications of the massive technological transformations happening all around us.

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European intellectual history; the history of media; visual culture; digital humanities; and cultural geography