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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.



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.


Looking forward to the exchange!

On June 29, 17:45 I will be a discussant representing Computational Literary Studies at the Digital Humanities Cologne Kolloquium. The event is aPanel Discussion themed “Are we done? Computational Linguistics between linguistics, digital humanities and large language models.”



On 5 July I will give an invited lecture titled “Fernes Lesen (distant reading)" in the lecture series “Perspektiven der allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft” at the Peter Szondi-Institut für allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft at FU Berlin.


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. 

ELTeC-gsw has been released

This is a collection of 100 german-swiss literary texts that is part of the European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC), one of the key deliverables of the COST Action ‘Distant Reading for European Literary History’ (CA16204) that ran from 2017 to 2022. ELTeC is a collection of corpora of literary texts that are comparable in nature, scope and quality across several European languages. Its availability is an essential condition for the creation, evaluation and use of multilingual tools and methods of analysis for literary texts. Novels have been chosen among major literary genres for availability and size. Chronological limits are due to constraints related to copyright and availability of quality full texts.


Just Published

Herrmann, J. B. (2023). Operationalisierung der Metapher zur quantifizierenden Untersuchung deutschsprachiger literarischer Texte im Übergang vom Realismus zur Moderne. In F. Jannidis (Ed.), Germanistische Symposien (GERMSYMP). Digitale Literaturwissenschaft. Germanistische Symposien Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. (OPEN ACCESS)

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