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Prof. 'in Dr. Berenike Herrmann

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Prof. Dr. Berenike Herrmann


Welcome to my website! I'm professor of Newer German Literature with a specialization in Literary Theory and Digital Humanities at Bielefeld University. Here, I run the Bielefeld Computational Literary Studies Group and am PI at the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Practices of Comparing: Ordering and Changing the world’ (SFB 1288). My research focuses on literary style, spatial and affective literary studies and on questions of historical change, using computational, empirical and mixed-methods approaches.

I am also appointed Private Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Newer German Literature at the Digital Humanities Lab of Basel University. My offices include Acting Chair of the SCC Collections of NFDI Text +, Speaker of the Community of Practice “Data Literacy” of BiLinked at Bielefeld University, and board member of the international ADHO Special Interest Group “Digital Literary Stylistics” SIG DLS. Until its finalization in May 2022, I was Management Committee member of the “COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History”. In the fall semester 2020/2021, I was visiting professor of Digital Humanities at the Excellence Cluster “Temporal Communities” at FU Berlin.


Just Published

- A Fairy Tale Gold Standard. Annotation and Analysis of Emotions in the Children's and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm (Link)

- Examining the representation of landscape and its emotional value in German-Swiss fiction between 1840 and 1940 (Link)

- Tool criticism in practice. On methods, tools and aims of computational literary studies (Link)


Opening Digital Editions to Text Mining: Pilot project for a new digital critical edition of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's complete writings and letters

The Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony is providing 300,000 euros for the preparation of a digital critical edition of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's complete writings and letters. By the end of 2024, scholars from five institutions, including the Bielefeld literary scholar Professor Dr. Berenike Herrmann, and the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) aim at creating the necessary conditions for a timely digital new-edition. As one of the first critical editions ever, it shall contain digital interfaces for text mining. This allows to computationally analyze Lessing's writings in comparison with contemporary writers, but also in diachronic change. In both cases, new digital corpora can be created in a flexible way, assessing open digital resources such as the German Text Archive, as well as the texts from the projected Lessing edition. Up to now, digital editions have generally served to digitally simulate the analog texts in their materiality, while the systematic extraction of full texts for corpus-literary analyses is a novelty. (Link)


Workshop - "SIG-DLS Seven Years on"

Together with Simone Rebora, Joanna Byszuk, Francesca Frontini, Suzanne Mpouli, Pablo Ruiz Fabo I am organizing the ADHO SIG-DLS workshop "SIG-DLS Seven Years on" at the international conference DH2023 at Graz. With this workshop, the SIG-DLS would like to provide a renewed overview of the field of Digital Literary Stylistics, in ideal dialogue with the seminal workshop organized at DH2016, which allowed the constitution of the SIG. (Link)



Uni Bielefeld has released an interview in which I talk about my new research project in the SFB1288. Here, Robin Aust and I are investigating how practices of comparing shaped ideas of "national literature" in German-speaking Switzerland 1850-1950. (Link)


Computational Humanities Research

I was invited to the programme committee of the 2023 edition of the Computational Humanities Research, hosted December 6-8 at the École pour l’informatique et les techniques avancées (EPITA) - Paris. (Link)

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