Members

 



 Sofie Kluge

Sofie Kluge (PhD, University of Copenhagen, 2007; dr.phil, University of Copenhagen, 2014) is associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark where she teaches courses on literary history (Antiquity and Middle Ages; 16th and 17th centuries), literary-theoretical topics (literary historiography; literary narrative; literature and myth; historical representation), and literary genres (poetry; drama). Her research focuses on early modern literature with a recurrent emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions such as the problem of periodization and generic classification. She has published work on the concept of ”baroque”; on the novel genre; on various dramatic subgenres (comedy; tragicomedy; tragedy; history play; auto sacramental); and on the conception of ”literature” in the early modern period. She created the network to explore how digital methods and tools can fertilize and underpin her hermeneutic practice, especially in terms of establishing generic concepts; identifying intellectual historical constants; and capturing historical change.

  Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen is Professor with Special Responsibilities of Comparative Literature at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literature (2008), The New Human in Literature: Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind and Society (2013), and the editor of several volumes, including World Literature: A Reader (2012), The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges (2012), Danish Literature as World Literature (2017), Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis (2017) and the forthcoming The Bloomsbury Handbook of Posthumanism (2020). He has published in the fields of literary historiography, modernist literature, world literature, canonization, and historical representations of the posthuman. Thomsen has taught at the Institute for World Literature (Harvard, 2013, and Copenhagen, 2017), and he is currently co-director of the research project “Posthuman Aesthetics” (2014-18), director of the Digital Arts Initiative (2017-) and director of the research focus area “Human futures” (2016-19). He is a member of the Academia Europaea (2010-).


 David Hasberg Zirak-Scmidt

David Hasberg Zirak-Schmidt is a PhD student at Aarhus University and affiliated researcher at the research project Unearned Wealth, Aarhus University. His research interests include early modern political drama, political theology, inheritance, the history of emotinos, and the intersections between comparative literature and digital humanities. He has published the article “Histrionic History: Theatricality and Historiography in Shakespeare’s Richard III” and co-edited Staging History: Renaissance Dramatic Historiography together with Sofie Kluge and Ulla Kallenbach. He is currently working on a dissertation about the representation of royal succession in the critically neglected Caroline drama, focusing on such writers as James Shirley, Richard Brome, Philip Massinger, and John Ford.

 

Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo

Kristoffer L. Nielbo is Director of Center for Humanities Computing at Aarhus University. KLN has specialized in applications of quantitative methods and computational tools in analysis, interpretation and storage of cultural data. He has participated in a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects involving researchers from the humanities, social sciences, health science, and natural sciences. His research covers two areas of interest of which one is more recent (automated text analysis) and the other (modeling of cultural behavior) has followed him throughout his academic career. Both interests explore the cultural information space in new and innovative ways by combining cultural data and humanities theories with statistics, computer algorithms, and visualization.


 Søren Frank

Søren Frank is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. He teaches literary history and theory and specializes in migration literature, border literature, and maritime literature and culture. He is currently writing a book on the cultures of the sea and initiating a collective project on post-1989 fluid Europe. Frank’s book publications include Migration and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Cultural Analysis of Manchester United (Bloomsbury, 2013), and important articles are ”The Novel and the Borders of Europe” (Symploke, 2017) and ”The Seven Seas: Maritime Modernity in Nordic Literature” in Nordic Literature: A Comparative History (John Benjamins, 2017).

 

Max Roald Eckardt

Max R. Eckardt is a research software engineer with a background in mechatronics engineering and more than a decade of collaborations with researchers in the humanities. In his career he has developed scores of custom tailored full-stack web applications and software prototypes for research. Max has a passion for social- and generative coding.

 

Jakob Ladegaard

 Jakob Ladegaard is a broadly oriented literary scholar who also occasionally writes about cinema. His research is primarily concerned with the relations between modern literature, politics and economy. He now works mainly on Early Modern English drama, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Since 2017 Jakob Ladegaard has been the director of a four year collective research project entitled ”Unearned Wealth – A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015”, supported by the Danish Research Council. The project deals with literary representations of inherited wealth in England and France from the Early Modern period to the present. He is also participating in the research project “Reading Slavery” at Aarhus University. His PhD thesis focused on figures of democracy in the works of romantic writers such as Friedrich Hölderlin, William Wordsworth and Victor Hugo around the time of the French Revolution. The dissertation was published in 2013 as an abridged and rewritten book entitled The Book and the People – The Politics of Romantic Literature. Jakob Ladegaards later postdoc project was about aesthetic and political representations of post-communist Eastern Europe in Western European and American literature and film.

 

Jens  Bjerring- Hansen

Jens Bjerring-Hansen is an Associated Professor at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at The University of Copenhagen. He teaches courses on Danish and Scandinavian literature, mainly from before 1900. His Doctoral work was concerned with the Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg and 18th century print culture (book: Ludvig Holberg på bogmarkedet, 2014). His postdoctoral focused on intellectual networks and practices of the 16th and 17th century. Currently he is the Co-PI of the Digital Currents project, exploring and editing the seminal work of the Danish critic Georg Brandes, Main Currents of 19th Century Literature (1872-90).

 


Torben Jelsbak

Torben Jelsbak is associate professor of Nordic literature at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, where he teaches courses on literary history, literary theory and the sociology of literature. His research focuses mainly on 19th and 20th century Danish and Nordic modernism and avant-garde literature and its complex interrelationships with contemporary media and popular culture. His most recent publications include the two co-edited volumes A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, vol. 1 (Rodopi 2012) and Die skandinavische Moderne und Europa: Transmission – Exil – Soziologie (Praesens Verlag 2016). Currently Jelsbak is part of the collective research team of the project “Digital Main Currents” which investigates the international dissemination and reception of the Danish literary critic Georg Brandes’ (1842-1927) magnum opus Main currents in 19th Century Literature, published 1872-1890.

 

Anna Lawaetz

Anna Lawaetz is a theatre scholar and research librarian at The Royal Danish Library. Here she is responsible for the Drama and Performance Art collection. Through the Ph.D.-dissertation Danmarks Radios Stemmer (2014) at Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen, she developed DH-based methods for analyzing voice aesthetics in voice recordings.
At the Royal Danish Library, she is among other working with digital- and hybrid curation of special collections. Lately she has been the co-editor of Stage/Page/Play – interdisciplinary approaches to Theatre and Theatricality (Mulitivers 2016). Through the work as dramaturge with dramatist such as Line Knutzon and Erling Jepsen and as the co-founder of the performance group Sisters Hope/Sisters Academy she has a rich theatrical experience. Furthermore, she has been working as researcher at The Royal Danish Theatre in the project A Suitcase of Methods. 

 

Ross Deans Kristensen McLachlan 

Ross Deans Kristensen-McLachlan is a Research Assistant based at Aarhus University. His academic background is in English Language and Linguistics but he now works more broadly as a computational humanist. He has a strong interest in English historical linguistics, as well as cognitive and computational approaches to lexical semantics and textual analysis. Most recently, he has played a been involved in the Digital Literacy project at AU, where he has provided digital support for a number of research projects working with a diverse range of text – from 17th century English drama, to Stephen King novels, and contemporary Danish church sermons.

 

 


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