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Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk 

Research stay in Weimar in April 2016

Professional background

Marian Dörk has been a research professor of Information Visualisation at the Institute of Urban Futures at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences since October 2013. His research and teaching activities focus on interactive visualisations of complex information spaces and mass data. Since October 2014, he has headed the BMBF-funded research project “Visualisation of Cultural Collections” (VIKUS) which aims to develop innovative approaches to cultural heritage. In January 2015, he and Prof. Boris Müller founded the “Urban Complexity Lab”, in which young researchers from the areas of Design, Cultural Studies and Computer Science conduct joint research on visualising cultural and urban data.

Research project and presentation

At the invitation of the Weimar-based project “Building a Virtual Research Space”, Marian Dörk came to Weimar in April 2016 to meet with the DH staff of the MWW Research Association to discuss possibilities of visualising humanities research data in general and MWW data in particular. As part of the MWW research project “Writers’ Libraries”, Marian Dörk held a public presentation at the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv in Weimar at 6 pm on 11 April 2016 during the workshop “Libraries in the Library: Studying - Reconstructing - Visualising Collections”. In his lecture titled “Visualising Cultural Data. Experimental Approaches to Digitalised Collections”, he introduced this relatively new research field and described new digital techniques which can be used to visually present and analyse cultural collections.

More information

“Making lifted treasures accessible to everyone” – Interview with Marian Dörk in the MWW blog, published on 3 June 2016. 

Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer

Research stay in Weimar in August 2016

Professional background

Frank Fischer is currently an associate professor at the School of Linguistics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow with specialisation in the Digital Humanities. After completing his studies in Computer Science, German Studies and Spanish Philology in Leipzig and London, he earned his doctorate at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena with a dissertation on the dramas of Joachim Wilhelm von Brawes and their contemporary translations in 2013, entitled “Triumph der Rache. Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe und die Ästhetik der Aufkärung” (Triumph of Revenge. Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe and the Aesthetics of the Enlightenment). Following his studies, Frank Fischer worked as an editor for the Brockhaus Encyclopaedia and research associate in the HistVV Project at the Leipzig University Library. In addition to his academic endeavours, he is a regular contributor to various supraregional daily and weekly newspapers. In the field of the Digital Humanities, Frank Fischer is currently involved in several projects, e.g. “dlina” (Digital Literary Network Analysis) and “”.

Research project

During the second MWW International Summer School in Weimar from 1 to 12 August 2016, Frank Fischer shared insights into digital research methods and discussed their application and uses with the summer school participants. Based on Franco Moretti’s essay “Conjectures on World Literature”, the seminar participants examined the phenomena of the seasons by means of “distant reading”. The project also conducted a network analysis of a dramatic oeuvre with 500 plays and proposed alternative definitions for “Weltliteratur” (world literature) based on all 280 language variants provided in Wikipedia.