Kurt Fendt is Director of HyperStudio, MIT’s Center for Digital Humanities, which explores the potential of new media technologies for the enhancement of research and education. He is Research Director in the Comparative Media Studies Graduate Program (CMS) and teaches a range of upper-level courses in the German Studies Program in Global Studies and Languages.
Dr. Fendt has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Cologne, the Technical University of Aachen (both Germany), and the University of Klagenfurt, Austria; in 2001 he was Visiting Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute in Sankt Augustin, Germany. He is co-Principal Investigator of the d'Arbeloff-funded Metamedia project, co-Director of Berliner sehen, a collaborative hypermedia learning environment for German Studies, the on-line collaboration space for educators "Berliner sehen Exchange", and co-author of the French interactive narrative"A la rencontre de Philippe" (CD-ROM version). Since 2005, he has been organizing the MIT Short Film Festival.
Before coming to MIT in 1993, Fendt was Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he established the Media Learning Center for the Humanities and earned his Ph.D. in modern German literature with a thesis on hypertext and text theory in 1993 after having completed his MA at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.
1993 Ph.D. University of Bern, Switzerland
1983 M.A. Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich