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Laudatio ad “Manifesto Corpus” #dhpreis16

(dies ist der Text meiner Laudatio vom 7. Juni 2016, gehalten an der BBAW aus Anlass der Verleihung des Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises 2016) Meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, es ist mir ein großes Vergnügen, Ihnen dieses Jahr den Gewinner des 1. Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises vorstellen und ans Herz legen zu dürfen. Damit Sie die Entscheidung der Jury für das auserwählte Projekt verstehen, möchte ich Ihnen zunächst eine Frage stellen oder besser gesagt, Sie nach Ihrer Einschätzung fragen: Meinen es die Politikerinnen und Politiker wirklich ernst mit ihren Versprechungen? Machen Sie das, was sie angekündigt haben, tun zu wollen? Wissen...


A New Year’s Eve

I have dreaded the approach of 2016 for quite some time. I had a nagging feeling about turning 40 in 2016 and having achieved nothing. But something changed, somehow, at some point. While I spent the whole Christmas break working on copy-editing a volume and improving my introduction to it (an activity that has become my personal Christmas ritual over the last few years), I did not feel the weight of results to be achieved – fast – or else – be condemned to doom on whatever Academic doomsday is deciding about our destinies. This is how the previous years ended: not...


Turning a page

You all know the reason why I have been such a poor blogger recently. I have been trying to help on an organisational level with the wave of refugees that keeps coming in Berlin. It started with filling the truck of the car at IKEA’s a the end of July, continued with sorting clothes at the donation center and coming back home with a flea in August and


I shall not rest (after the Paris attacks, November 14th)

I am a very lucky person. If things go according to plan, I will be able to submit my habilitation in 2016. It turned out very recently that my research of the last 10 years is rich enough to be submitted as an habilitation à diriger des recherches in France. It even turned out that the one person I would like to have as the supervisor of a work that I wish to handle on a fairly theoretical level agrees to do so. And it also turns out that my articles suffice and I don’t have to reach in an additional unedited monograph.


Digital Science (excentric and mundane)

The “Digital Science Match” takes place tomorrow. 100 researchers from Berlin working in the digital area (which turns out to encompass quite a wide range of topics) have 3 minutes each to present their research. Yet another occasion to rejoice about my last name beginning with a B: I am the first one to speak in my session, at 3 P.M. I don’t know how receptive people will be in the afternoon, but hey! I have a 3 minute-pitch for you! Three minutes  is a tricky format, even for the first speaker of the session.