Some say it is not a name, but my Mom thought otherwise and now all my tags read “Anselm Maria Sellen”. Even in Germany this is an odd name. Ever since I have been subject to some creative jokes and even more shiftless puns. At least it is a nice conversation opener!
I studied at the Universities of Würzburg and Siegen. In 2009 I finished my studies obtaining an M.A. degree: Literature, Culture and Media (American studies).
At the moment, I am employed by the Europahaus Marienberg, carrying the very “Faulkeneresque” title “Director of Studies” (I love “the Sound and the Fury” of it!). At the Europahaus Marienberg we are busy organizing and conducting political youth education, sustainable communication strategies and latest media developments summoned under the label: thinkeurope. Before that, I did some cultural managment in Berlin (illustrative e.V.) and back in Spain and the US I worked for local and national Radiostations.
At University I dealt with topics like “cultural memory”, “identity formation”, “Black American Writing”, “Border Lands”, “Other Spaces, “the Absurd”, “Otherness”… and astonishingly enough, I graduated with some beautiful but very “indifferent” thoughts on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Bakhtinan theory. You can also buy this breathtaking (center-) piece of work on amazon (if you do so, you will probably be the first and last to make this extremly advisable purchase!)
This blog I would like to dedicate to efforts that evolve around the vast fields of Education, Literature, Culture and Social Media. I hope this blog to be collaborative. With different people to develop ideas, concepts and observations touching upon issues of “digital collective memory”, “storytelling strategies”, “political education”, “texies” (movies in textform) etc.
There is so much to do and so many possibilities at hand… this blog will (hopefully) contribute to the structuring and clustering of thought. I hope to install this blog as a plattform for response and open think tanking processes. This blog explicitly invites you to respond to any impulse that will be published and/or triggered here. I hope that the concept of Common Craft will apply sooner or later!