At the end of 2014, I participated in a competition which was launched by the Stifterverband Deutsche Wissenschaft, the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and the initiative Was bildet Ihr uns ein?. Participants were asked to write an essay on the Bildungsideal in the digital age. My text approaches the issue in a creative way, using the setting of a well-known German fairy-tale for the compilation of a whole wishlist of aspects this educational ideal should comprise. The essay was awarded the second prize, which means that I’m invited to present it in Berlin on 2nd February this year – how exciting! The first 12 essays of roughly 90 submissions will be published on- and offline. I will provide a link here as soon as possible.
After I finished my PhD-thesis “Textsorten im Internet zwischen Wandel und Konstanz: Eine diachrone Untersuchung der Textsorte Personal Weblog” in June 2014, I immediately published it as open access version. For various reasons, I wrote my PhD in German. One of my first thoughts after publishing it was to turn it into a “proper” book – in English, this time (by “proper book” I mean, for instance, reducing the length from 450 to roughly 200 pages and cutting away typical dissertation rhetorics, orienting not towards examiners but an interested semi-expert audience). The working title is “The Personal Weblog: A Linguistic History”. So far, I have finished a chapter on genre theory (including genre change) and one of the two concluding chapters.
An additional motivation for continuing with this project comes from Peter Lang Verlag: My PhD and the planned English book based on it were awarded the Peter Lang Nachwuchspreis, which includes the coverage of all publication costs for a print and an ebook edition. The award came quite as a surprise but I am really grateful for the opportunity and the additional motivation it offers for my book project!
The eJournal I have mentioned in the previous post – 10plus1: Living Linguistics – has finally been launched! In December 2014, my colleague Jana Pflaeging and I took the final step and made the journal public. The resonance so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Currently, we are working on 10puls1’s editorial board, which literally grows every day. As of today, the following scholars have agreed to join the 10plus1 team:
- Gerd ANTOS, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Matthias BALLOD, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Manuel BURGHARDT, Universität Regensburg
- Bettina M. BOCK, Universität Halle-Wittenberg / Universität Leipzig
- Alexander BROCK, Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Christine DOMKE, Technische Universität Chemnitz
- Ulla FIX, Universität Leipzig
- Martin LUGINBÜHL, Université de Neuchâtel
- Christian PENTZOLD, Technische Universität Chemnitz
- Jana PFLAEGING, Universität Halle-Wittenberg / Universität Salzburg
- Jan Oliver RÜDIGER, Universität Kassel
- Peter SCHILDHAUER, Universität Bielefeld / Universität Halle-Wittenberg
- Marion SCHULTE, Universität Bielefeld
- Martin SIEFKES, Universität Bremen
- Hartmut STÖCKL, Universität Salzburg
- Janina WILDFEUER, Universität Bremen
We are looking forward to the contributions to the first issue!