Current Courses

Lecture: Digital Humanities. An Introduction

(Monday, 4 - 6 pm, October 20th, Nikolausberger Weg 15, PH 12, with Martin Langner & Heike Neuroth, 4501104)

Digital Humanities encompasses a new field of computer based research in the humanities. The lecture gives a general survey on major issues of this new field, namely by examples in the area of archeology, library and text studies. In detail the lecture talks about metadata and vocabularies, digitization, virtual research environments, open access and creative commons, data bases for objects and texts, GPS, 3D modeling, virtual museums, TEI, corpora, text mining, and algorithmic critics. A tutorial (Wednesday 2-4 pm) completes the lecture.

Schreibman, S./Siemens, R. & Unsworth, J. (Eds.) (2004), A Companion to Digital Humanities; Gold, M. K. (Ed.) (2012), Debates in the Digital Humanities; Terras, M. / Nyham, J. / Vanhoutte, E. (Ed.) (2013), Defining Digital Humanities. A reader; McGann, J. (2014), A New Republic of Letters. Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction.

Weltliteratur im Zitat - Neue, computergestützte Wege der Literaturanalyse

Master seminar: World Literature. Theory and Concepts

(Tuesday, 10 am - 2 pm, Theologicum 0.132/0.133, October 21th, with Omid Azadibougar, 4501075)

Recent discussions on world literature conceptualize the term anew and revitalize older debates on world literature since the days of Goethe. Various models propose different ways of approaching the concept: Casanova, Moretti, Apter, Damrosch and D"haen, among others, offer fresh perspectives on global literature, address the possibility of the concept, and propose methods of doing world literature. Is world literature only a utopian term? Is it just the result of a global market? Does a global culture or literature as such really exist? How can we read world literature through translation? In the seminar we read and analyze current theories and look into details of specific "cases" that deal with world literature to address these and other questions.

NOTE: 1 - The “Guest Lecture” date is tentative and may change, depending on the availability of invited guests. 2 - A term paper is required for assessment. Students will be given themes relevant to the course to choose from and respond to in the form of an essay of 2000 words. Further details will be provided in due course.


Casanova, Pascale, The World Republic of Letters. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004; Prendergast, Christopher, ed., Debating World Literature. London: Verso, 2004; Rosendahl Thomsen, Mads, Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literatures, London: Bloomsbury, 2008; D"haen, Theo, David Damrosch, and Djelal Kadir, eds. The Routledge Companion to World Literature. London: Routledge, 2011; Moretti, Franco, Distant Reading. London: Verso, 2013; Apter, Emily, Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability. London: Verso, 2013.

Master seminar: Computer based text analysis

(Monday, 2 - 4 pm, October 20th, VG 2.107, 4501073)

New concepts to formalise textual feature and new tools for different kind of text mining open the door for computer based text analysis. The seminar introduces into theories and concept of computer assisted text analysis and analyses different mining tools. It explains how to prepare data, build corpora and run first experiments.

Noah Bubenhofer, Korpuslinguistik in der linguistischen Lehre, in: JLCL 26, 1 (2011), 141-156; Noah Bubenhofer, Sprachgebrauchsmuster. Korpuslinguistik als Methode der Diskurs- und Kulturanalyse, Berlin 2013; Thomas Rommel, Literary Studies, in: S. Schreibman/R. Siemens, & Unsworth, J. (Eds.), A Companion to Digital Humanities, Oxford, 2004; Stephen Ramsay, Reading Machines. Toward an Algorithmic Criticism, 2011; Matthew K. Gold (Ed.), Debates in the Digital Humanities,  2012; M.-L. Ryan/L. Emerson/B. Robertson (Eds.), The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and Textuality, Baltimore 2013; Michaela Mahlberg, Corpus Stylistics and Dickens's Fiction, 2013; Franco Moretti, Distant Reading, 2013; Matthew Jockers, Macroanalysis: Digital Methods & Literary History, 2013; Melissa Terras/Juliane Nyham/Edward Vanhoutte (Ed.), Defining Digital Humanities. A reader, 2013; Ben Zimmer, Google's Ngram Viewer Goes Wild. The Atlantic 10, 2013; Kersten Roth u.a. (Eds.), Angewandte Diskurslinguistik, Berlin 2013, Ulrike H. Meinhof u.a. (Eds.), Diskurslinguistik im Spannungsfeld von Deskription und Kritik, Berlin 2013; Luke Dormehl, Should We Teach Literature Students How to Analyze Texts Algorithmically, Co.Labs; Matthew Jockers, Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature, Heidelberg 2014; Jerome McGann, A New Republic of Letters. Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction, Harvard UP 2014; M. H. Beals, Introduction to Digital Analysis Techniques, 2014; Christof Schöch, "Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities". Journal of the Digital Humanities 2.3, 2013, 2-13.


Statistics for the humanities

Doing Digital Humanities. A bibliography





Computational stylistics, (cf.

Data Visualization,

Deutsches Textarchiv,

Dictionary of Numbers,

Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprachen,


Einführung in die Korpuslinguistik,


Linguistic inquiry and word count,


Many Eyes,

Ngram Viewer,


Projekt Gutenberg,

R Project,


TextGrid Repository,

Text is beautiful,

The programming historian,

Topic modeling tool,





(nach Vereinbarung, 4501071)

Im Forschungskolloquium werden entstehende Abschlussarbeiten, besonders Doktorarbeiten vorgestellt und kritisch diskutiert. Teilnahme auf Einladung oder Anfrage.