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Smit, P.H. p.h.smit at rug.nl
Tue Sep 2 12:17:04 CEST 2014

Hello all,

I'm Rik Smit, a third-year PhD candidate and lecturer in the Journalism an
Media department at the University of Groningen. As a direct colleague of
Michael's, I feel less isolated than some others in this mailing list. At
least I've got someone to talk to.

My PhD work is on the construction of collective (or maybe better,
connective) memory in online spaces and settings. For some, this may sound
esoteric or alien, maybe even totally out of focus of this mailing list.
However, I'd argue that my research has a lot in common with the stuff web
historians are working with and on.

I examine the genres, practices, and uses of the web and new media that
allow new and creative versions of the past to emerge. Case studies
include: the construction of memory of the Syrian War on YouTube and memes
as a web-native form that allows for historical remix.

I'm very eager to (virtually) meet people who are working on similar or
related topics.

All the best from the Netherlands,

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