My name is Anne von Petersdorff, I am a scholar, writer, filmmaker, and educator from Berlin, Germany.
I received my Ph.D. in German Studies and Digital Humanities from Michigan State University where I created my hybrid dissertation which consists of a feature-length, bi-autobiographical travel documentary, and a theoretical-historical exploration of film aesthetics.
My research interests include issues of representation, gender, human mobility and intersectionality. My professional path has been shaped by exploring the intersection of creative practice and research. I am an advocate for public facing, digital humanities and offer digital dissertation workshops in which I introduce students and faculty to tools and models that will help them to envision, plan, and execute their own digital research projects and explore ideas for building bridges between academia and the public sphere.
In the past I have also produced TV commercials for international brands like NIVEA and Lindt, drove a forklift truck in the Netherlands, worked with NGOs in the US, supervised teenagers in a summer camp in Croatia, studied documentary film in Cuba, and decided that being a multi-hyphenated human being, connecting people and merging experiences and skills, is the way I can best create, learn and contribute inside and outside the academy. I sporadically share my thoughts, experiences, and reflections about travel, artistic-scholarly practice, and other types of border crossings on my blog.
If you would like to get in touch, work, collaborate and learn with me, whether you’re down the street or across the ocean, feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you!