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Prof.'in Dr. Silke Schwandt

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Professor for Digital History at Bielefeld University, Faculty for History, Philosophy and Theology 


Phone: +495211063245

Office: Building X A3-218


The conference "Gleichheit in einer ungleichen Welt?" will take place on the island of Reichenau from March 12 to 15, 2024. Silke Schwandt will be a participant in the conference, where current issues in medieval studies are discussed twice a year.

Silke Schwandt will chair the seminar "Medieval and Digital History Seminar: Digital history in a medieval context" at Stockholm University on March 19, 2024. The event will take place via Zoom (online). 

The summer semester 2024 at Bielefeld University is just around the corner. In addition to an introductory seminar, Digital History Bielefeld is also offering a course on "Familien im Archiv: Methoden der Erschließung eines Familienarchivs im Münsterland" (Silke Schwandt). 

Digitality & Research

Digitality is one of the greatest challenges of our time and affects all areas of society – not least science. This has a profound impact on scientific theories and methods, as well as on research practices and questions.

In her research and teaching activities as Professor for Digital History at Bielefeld University, Silke Schwandt addresses these challenges on three levels: in the theorisation of digital history, in its methods and practices, as well as in its dissemination in academic teaching and to society. The conceptualisation of change under the conditions of digitality is therefore at the centre of her scientific work. Seizing and utilizing the possibilities of digital media for researching the relation of space and time is one of her research foci. A sustainable society needs the analytical reflection and scientific guidance of the digital transformation that humanities can provide. Silke Schwandt develops creative and innovative formats with a focus on Data Literacy as well as new digital publication formats.
Silke Schwandt is also currently serving as Head of the Senate at Bielefeld University.

Curriculum Vitae

Since October 2022

Full Professor of Digital History at Bielefeld University 

January 2020 – October 2022

Professor of Digital History and Medieval History at Bielefeld University 

December 2013 – January 2020

Research Assistant for Medieval History at Bielefeld University, Department of History, Philosophy, and Theology 

January 2011 – November 2013

Research Assistant at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main; “Basics of Historical Semantics: Text corpora” 

February 2010

PhD in Medieval History at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main (magna cum laude) 

July 2008 – December 2010

Scientific Coordinator of the Project “Political Language in the Middle Ages. Semantic Approaches” (led by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jussen at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main) 

February 2005 – June 2008

Doctoral Researcher in the subproject A11 “Political Language in transcendentally legitimised Societies: Semantics of Order in Latin Christian Literature of the Middle Ages”, CRC 584 “The Political as Communicative Space in History” at Bielefeld University 

1999 – 2005

MA in History, Latin, and Theology at Bielefeld University 



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A list of all Projects can be found here.



Scientific Boards

  • BiUP – Bielefeld University Press (Steering Committee)
  • Mitglied Wissenschaftlicher Beirat des IEG – Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz
  • Ab 02/24 – Kooptierte Expertin für Digital Humanities im wissenschaftlichen Beirat des Zentrums für Wissenschaftsforschung, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, Halle/Saale
  • Mitglied im DFG-Fachkollegium 102 „Geschichtswissenschaften“ (Amtsperiode 2024- 2028)
  • Vorstandsmitglied im Institut für Interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung


  • AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands
  • Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum (DHd)
  • Historischer Verein der Grafschaft Ravensberg
  • Verband der Historikerinnen und Historiker Deutschlands (VHD)
  • Mediävistenverband


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