Research and talks

On this page I present selected research projects and publications in more detail. Below you will also find a list of my academic talks.

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Service Center for Digital Humanities (SCDH)

Digital Humanities (DH) is what everyone is talking about. It makes research possible that would otherwise not exist. In practice, however, good ideas often get stuck due to a lack of expertise in their implementation. Within the framework of the DH structure at Münster University, researchers therefore work together with IT developers on concrete solutions for ideas and projects and thus advance the digital transformation of academic practice.

I am the head of the SCDH since July 2021.

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Research Association Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel (MWW)

The German Literature Archive Marbach, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel founded the MWW research association in 2013 on the recommendation of the German Science and Humanities Council. Research in MWW takes place within the framework of the Digital Humanities to develop new, model solutions for collection research and indexing.

From 2020 to 2021, I was the managing director of the research network and headed the Digital Lab based in Weimar.

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forTEXT. Investigating Literature Digitally

The platform forTEXT offers beginner-friendly citable method descriptions, text collections and tools – from digitization to annotation to interpretation and visualization of literature. You will also find materials for self-learning and for teaching at university and school.

I coordinated the DFG-funded project from 2017 to 2020 at the University of Hamburg.

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CATMA

CATMA stands for Computer Assisted Text Markup and Analysis. It is a browser-based tool that digitally supports the manual annotation and analysis (including visualization) of texts. CATMA is based on the traditional (hermeneutic-cyclical) philological workflow and can be used in a very low-threshold way – even collaboratively.

In the course of the forTEXT project, we released the sixth version of CATMA in 2019.

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Renunciation and Irony in Goethe

In the discussion about the status of the Digital Humanities (DH) as a scholarly discipline, the possibility of reconnecting digital techniques, methods, and theories is often brought into the field. But how exactly can digital methods of textual analysis bridge the gap to more traditional literary studies? And conversely, how can theoretically complex literary concepts be explored digitally? Rabea Kleymann's and my article uses the concrete example of "Renunciation and Irony in Goethe" to show how a combination of distant and close reading methods in the course of scalable reading can promote and connect discussions in Goethe research on the part of DH.

Jan Horstmann, Rabea Kleymann: "Alte Fragen, neue Methoden – Philologische und digitale Verfahren im Dialog. Ein Beitrag zum Forschungsdiskurs um Entsagung und Ironie bei Goethe". In: Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften. Wolfenbüttel 2019. text/html Format. DOI: 10.17175/2019_007

Theaternarratologie

Theater Narratology

The narrative dimension has been underrepresented in theatrical performance analysis.
In order to remedy this desideratum, my dissertation (2013 to 2017) does not examine passages narrated by characters in individual performances, but rather poses the question in general: How does theater narrate? Theater Narratology thus develops for the first time, on the basis of a comprehensive theoretical foundation in relation to the research fields of classical and post-classical narratology and theater studies, a heuristic model of analysis of performative narrative that is suitable for practical application in narrative-theoretical performance analysis. The analytical categories developed make it possible to describe theatrical narrative in an intersubjectively comprehensible way and to place it in narratological terms not only in intertheatrical but also in intermedial contexts. Performativity and narrativity are thought of together and not as opposites, giving the possibility of a rapprochement of theatrical and narratological research.

The book Theaternarratologie. Ein erzähltheoretisches Analyseverfahren für Theaterinszenierungen was published as volume 64 of the Narratologia series at de Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110597868

Vorträge

08/2021„Digital Laboratory and Virtual Research Space", European Summer University in Digital Humanities Culture & TechnologyUniversität Leipzig
05/2021„Visualisierung als Methode der (digitalen) Geisteswissenschaften"Universität Marburg
04/2021„An Introduction to Digital Humanities: Possibilities and Challenges”Universität Lissabon, Portugal
02/2020„Kollaborative Literaturwissenschaft – digitales Annotieren literarischer Texte als diskursive Aushandlung von Vermittlungs- und Verstehensprozessen“Universität Duisburg-Essen
11/2019„Literatur digital erforschen: Methoden und Tools der digitalen Literaturwissenschaft”Universität Bonn
11/2019„Digitale und traditionelle literaturwissenschaftliche Methoden im Dialog: Dissemination von theoretischem, methodischem und praktischem Wissen“, DFG-SymposiumUniversität Lüneburg
11/2019„Erzähltheorie und Theater. Möglichkeiten der narratologischen Analyse von Inszenierungen“, Ringvorlesung Travelling Concepts. Literary Theory beyond the Scope of Literary StudiesUniversität Münster
06/2019„Visualisierung als Mittler zwischen quantitativen und qualitativen Methoden der (digitalen) Literaturwissenschaft“Humboldt-Universität Berlin
05/2019„Visualisierungsformen für quantitative und qualitative Methoden in der digitalen Literaturwissenschaft“, Visualisierung in (digitalen) EditionenNordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste Düsseldorf
03/2019„Social Media, YouTube und Co: Multimediale, multimodale und multicodierte Dissemination von Forschungsmethoden in forTEXT“, DHd 2019 multimedial & multimodalUniversität Frankfurt
02/2019„Undogmatisches literaturwissenschaftliches Annotieren mit CATMA: manuell, halb-automatisch und automatisiert“, Annotationen in Edition und Forschung. Funktionsbestimmung, Differenzierung, SystematisierungUniversität Wuppertal
02/2019„Textvisualisierung: Epistemik des Bildlichen im Digitalen“, DFG-Symposium „Wovon sprechen wir, wenn wir von Digitalisierung sprechen? Gehalte und Revisionen zentraler Begriffe des DigitalenUniversität Bayreuth
12/2018„A Scalable Reading Approach to Goethe’s Narrative Texts: Investigating Renunciation and Irony“, EADH 2018 conferenceUniversität Galway, Ireland
10/2018„Making Digital Routines, Resources, and Tools forTEXT Accessible for Humanists", Teaching English in the Era of Digital Humanities: A Multi-Disciplinary PerspectiveUniversität Frankfurt
07/2018„Digital Methods to Analyze Semantic Phenomena: A Scalable Reading Approach to Goethe’s Narrative Texts“, Ocean Narratives-WorkshopUniversität Kiel
07/2018„Trauma(tizing) Narrative: Abused Trust as Content and Formal Device in Hanya Yanagihara’s Novel A Little Life (2015)“, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
04/2018„The Cut in Multinarratives: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (2015)“, Narrative-Konferenz 2018McGill-Universität Montréal, Kanada
02/2018„Digital vs. Humanities? Didaktische Aufbereitung digitaler Methoden für die klassischen Geisteswissenschaften im Projekt forTEXT“, DHd-Konferenz 2018Universität Köln
12/2017„Von der Bedarfserhebung zur nutzerorientierten Konzeptentwicklung. Die Relevanz von Interfacedesign und Visualisierung im literaturwissenschaftlichen Interpretationsprozess", Potsdamer Arbeitstreffen zur digitalen Literaturwissenschaft No. 2Universität Potsdam
09/2017„Narrative Representation and Fictionality in Performative Media“, Konferenz European Narratology NetworkUniversität Prag
09/2017Panel Chair: „Drama, Theatre, and Audionarratology“, Konferenz European Narratology NetworkUniversität Prag
08/2017„forTEXT – Study Literature Digitally“, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
10/2016„Theaternarratologie. Ein erzähltheoretisches Verfahren zur Analyse von Theaterinszenierungen“, Erzähltheoretisches Kolloquium (ETK)Universität Hamburg
08/2016„Non-Mainstream Identity in 18th and 19th Century German Fiction. Narrating the Androgynous and Hermaphroditic”, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
02/2016„Theatre Narratology“, Winterschool Transmedial NarratologyUniversität Tübingen
10/2015„Narrativization of Known Events“, Konferenz Perspectives and Frontiers of Cognitive NarratologyUniversität Prag
08/2015„Theatre Narratology. A narratological method for analyzing stage performances“, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
11/2014„Das Visuelle als Teil der performativen Narration in Theaterinszenierungen“, Visual Narratives – Cultural IdentitiesUniversität Hamburg
08/2014„Theatre Narratology. A narratological model for analyzing theatre performances“, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
08/2013„Theaternarratologie“, Workshop Sprache, Literatur, MedienUniversität Kiel
08/2013„Focalization in Theatre“, Summer Course in Narrative Studies (SINS)Universität Århus, Dänemark
03/2013„Theatre Narratology. A Narratological Method for Analyzing Theatre Performances“, 3. Konferenz European Narratology NetworkUniversität Paris
01/2012„Theaternarratologie. Theaterwissenschaftliche Relevanz narratologischer Kategorien“, Erzähltheoretisches Kolloquium (ETK)Universität Hamburg