As project manager at MIT’s Digital Humanities Hyperstudio, Anna van Someren combined a background in curriculum design and education with her experiences researching new media and participatory culture. Prior to working at the HyperStudio, Anna worked at the Center for Future Civic Media to conduct research on the ways in which participatory culture environments support the kinds of social deliberation, debate, and advocacy practices that allow entry into a shared public discourse. She formerly worked as creative manager for project New Media Literacies at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies, leading the production and development of innovative educational materials informed by a deep understanding of the ways youth interact with and produce media. She has served as board member of the Regional Youth Media Arts Education Consortium at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
Prior to working at MIT, Anna developed new media curriculum and taught multimedia production at after school programs and at the college level. An independent video artist, Anna has shown her experimental shorts in festivals internationally. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in Art & Art History from Colgate University, and her MFA in Film & Video from Massachusetts College of Art.