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First Name
Last Name
Le Mans Université
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German History of Ideas (18th-early 19th century), German-French wars in the 19th century, digital methods, digital edition of egodocuments
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About Me

I am a Professor of German Studies with a focus on Digital Humanities, and have been working on egodocuments (mostly letters) for 20 years. My initial research focus was on German intellectuals around 1800. I am currently working on a project on writing strategies and emotionality in the context of French-German wars from the 18th to the 20th century. I develop and implement digital methods that make archive material available in high quality for scholarly work (OCR, edition, annotation, Open Access, ML-based methods of analysis).

My current interests also include the environmental footprint of research activities.

Recent Publications

Digital Scholarly Edition Letters and Texts. Intellectual Berlin around 1800, since 2021 (

“Digitalisierung und ihre Einflüsse auf den Umgang mit alten wie neuen ‘Briefen’ in deutscher wie internationaler Perspektive. De Gruyter.” Handbuch Brief. Von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart. Band 1: Interdisziplinarität – Systematische Perspektiven – Briefgenres, p. 387-398, 2020, Band 1: Interdisziplinarität – Systematische Perspektiven – Briefgenres, 978-3-11-037510-7. ⟨hal-02543927⟩

“Reconstruire ce qui manque – ou le déconstruire ? Approches numériques des sources historiques.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, Alliance of Digital Humanities, 2018, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 12 (1). ⟨halshs-01133507⟩

w/ Anna Busch. “Vernetzung-Erzählung-Kollation. Digitale Methoden in der Biographieforschung.” BIOS – Zeitschrift für Biographieforschung, Oral History und Lebensverlaufsanalysen, 2019, 30 (1-2/2017), pp.22-29. ⟨10.3224/bios.v30i1-2.01⟩⟨hal-02455253⟩

w/ David Lassner, Sergej Dogadov, Klaus-Robert Müller, Shinichi Nakajima. “Automatic Identification of Types of Alterations in Historical Manuscripts.” 2020 (accepted for publication in Digital Humanities Quarterly). ⟨hal-02512217v3⟩


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Computational, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture