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Hannah Maria Leontine Ackermans

PhD Candidate

Hannah Ackermans is a PhD student in digital culture at the University of Bergen (Norway). She completed the research master Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). During her MA, she specialized in electronic literature and she wrote her MA thesis on computer-generated literature as a modeling practice which renegotiates literary theory. Her PhD project is called “Electronic Literature: Reimagining Digital Tools in/and the Humanities”.

Academic article
  • 2020. How an Academic Companion Website Makes Media-Specific Arguments. American Quarterly. 1011-1020.
  • 2020. Appealing to Your Better Judgement: A Call for Database Criticism. Electronic Book Review (EBR).
  • 2019. Electronic Literature in the Database and the Database in Electronic Literature. Communications, Media, Design. 5-18.
  • 2015. The Imprisoned Text: An Analysis of the Performativity of the Preservational Acts of Archives. BLIK: tijdschrift voor audiovisuele cultuur. 9-18.
  • 2015. From Letters to Vlog Entries: Truthfulness as a Literary Trope in Fictional Life Writing. Frame Journal of Literary Studies. 135-148.
Academic lecture
  • 2020. A Stretch of the Imagination: Transforming Writing Under Constraint into an Inclusive Practice .
  • 2019. Nodes Without Edges: Peripheries of the Database.
  • 2019. How to Review a Database.
Short communication
  • 2016. "Flows Dream / Shapes Hold": Tijdsgebondenheid, Overwriting, en Remixen in Generatieve Dichtkunst. Vooys: tijdschrift voor letteren. 21-32.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2019. Narrating the Sociality of the Database: A Digital Hermeneutic Reading of The Atlas Group Archive and haikU. 5 pages.
Academic literature review
  • 2020. Born-Digital Publications: Public Databases, Hypertext Journals, and Companion Websites as Digital Humanities Tools.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Electronic Literature: Reimagining Digital Tools in/and the Humanities

In my PhD project, I study the social and technological aspects of the digital practices by scholars in the field of electronic literature in order to provide new insights into the importance of digital tools as theory-building methodologies in the humanities. I distinguish three intertwined attributes of digital tools that shape research practices and outcomes: Databases (storing), Experimentation (playing), and Platforms (showing).