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Dr Michael Kurmeier joins C21 Editions project

18 Jan 2022
Dr Kurzmeier's visualisation of his recent PhD research

Dr Michael Kurzmeier ( has joined the C21 Editions (IRC/W001489/1) project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. C21 Editions is seeking to explore and make a direct contribution to the future of digital scholarly editing and digital publishing, an endeavour in which Dr Kurzmeier will now take a leading role.

A photograph of Michael Kurzmeier, C21 Editions

Dr Michael Kurzmeier, C21 Editions

A recent PhD graduate in Digital Humanities and Media Studies at Maynooth University, Dr Kurzmeier's work revolves around the intersections of technology and society. His IRC-funded Phd thesis Political Expression in Web defacements investigates political expression through hacking and introduces novel methods for retrieval and analysis of this special kind of archived web material. In recent times, the idea of influencing political processes through online media has become widespread, yet little is known about the origins of activism on the web. Dr Kurzmeier's work makes accessible a rich body of archived websites hacked for political purposes, it provides a methodology for retrieval and analysis of this material and it delivers an in-depth analysis of content, trends and actors over time.

He received a First Class Honours MA from the University of Tübingen, Germany for his thesis on Internet access provision through community-led networks. His other research interests include Free Soft- and Hardware, Community-led Networks, Internet histories and Web archiving.

Dr Kurzmeier is a chair of the research methods work group at the Aarhus-led Web ARChive studies network researching web domains and events (WARCnet) as well as one of the founders of the Engaging with Web Archives (EWA) conference, Ireland's first dedicated web archiving conference.

C21 Editions is jointly funded by the Irish Research Council and Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK), and is led by Michael Pidd (Principal Investigator, UK), Director of the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield, and Dr James O'Sullivan (Principal Investigator, Ireland), Department of Digital Humanities at UCC. Prof. Bridgette Wessels (Co-Investigator), professor in sociology at the University of Glasgow, and Dr Órla Murphy, Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at UCC, are the co-investigators.

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