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Thorsten Wübbena

Head of Digital Historical Research
Room: 03-02, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39392
Fax: +49 6131 39 30154


Personal Details:

Thorsten Wübbena studied art history, history and cultural studies. From 2000 to 2019 he worked as an academic staff member at the Art Historical Institute of the University of Frankfurt; from 2007 to 2012 he played a lead role there in the DFG project “Sandrart.net: A net-based research platform on the history of art and culture in the 17th century.” Between 2011 and 2014 he was a researcher affiliated with the DFG-funded project “Music video aesthetics on portable devices” at the University of Heidelberg. From September 2014 to May 2019 he has been working as Directeur de recherche (Digital Humanities) at the German Center for Art History in Paris (DFK Paris). Since 2019 Head of Digital Historical Research Unit | DH Lab at the IEG.

Research Interests:

Information technology in art historical research (digital art history), in particular cultural historical image and research databases (data models, knowledge representation)
Decentralised and modular research infrastructures
Visual arts and their media reception (especially in music videos)


Die Modellierung des Zweifels – Schlüsselideen und -konzepte zur graphbasierten Modellierung von Unsicherheiten,Wolfenbüttel 2019, Zeitschrift für digitale Geisteswissenschaften / Sonderbände, 4 (Herausgeber gemeinsam mit Andreas Kuczera und Thomas Kollatz). 10.17175/sb004_013
»ConedaKOR – Von der Tabelle zum Netzwerk«, in: DARIAH Working Papers, Tagung »Graphentechnologien in den digitalen Geisteswissenschaften«, 19./20.01.2017, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (Mainz), Göttingen 2019. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:gbv:7-dariah-2019-2-9
»(Un)ordnungen – Werkzeuge – Beziehungen. Datenbanksysteme und kunsthistorische Forschung«, in: Computing in the art, hrsg. von Peter Bell, Lisa Dieckmann und Piotr Kurozcynski, Heidelberg 2018, S. 142–156 http://books.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/arthistoricum/catalog/book/413
»ASI oder ASO? ›Artistic Swarm Intelligence‹ (ASI) vs. ›Artistic Sell Out‹ (ASO) in den Zeiten des Web 2.0, in: Medien als Alltag: Festschrift für Klaus Neumann-Braun, hrsg. von Ulla Autenrieth, Daniel Klug, Axel Schmidt und Arnulf Deppermann, Köln 2018, S. 382–402 (gemeinsam mit Henry Keazor).
»Musikvideo«, in: Handbuch Popkultur, hrsg. von Thomas Hecken und Marcus S. Kleiner, Stuttgart 2017, S. 173–177 (gemeinsam mit Henry Keazor).

Research projects:

"Digitale Kartenwerkstatt Altes Reich" (DigiKAR) - digital map workshop Old Empire

In cooperation with IfL Leipzig, IOS Regensburg, JGU Mainz and EHESS Paris

The cooperation project develops and tests concepts for the collection, modeling and visualization of site-specific historical information from the early modern Holy Roman Empire (of the German nation). It thus makes a contribution to historical research onthe Old Empire as a space of divided and overlapping rulership, as well as to the further development of digital analysis and visualization of historical data with temporal-spatial properties. Movements of people, things and ideas are not only examined and visualized as physical mobility potentials in complex spaces, but also with regard to their belonging to different, sometimes competing, social, legal and dominant spaces of the Empire Association.