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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 21050

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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)

Publications:

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 project develops and tests concepts for the collection, modeling and visualization of site-specific historical information from the Holy Roman Empire (of the German nation). It thus makes a contribution to historical research on the Old Empire as a space of overlapping rulership, as well as to the further development of digital analysis and visualization of historical data with temporal-spatial properties.

"Linked Art" – Exploratory Project on the Use of Network Analysis in the Field of Art History

In the course of the seminar "Network Science in the Humanities", which Demival Vasques Filho conducted in the summer semester 2020 in the Mainz Master's programme "Digital Methodology in the Humanities and Cultural Studies", the students Sophia Renz and Vanessa Tissen started their project. 

 

Bomber's Baedeker: From image to text

The two-volume publication "The Bomber's Baedeker. A Guide to the Economic Importance of German Towns and Cities" was produced by the British Foreign Office and the Ministry of Economic Warfare during the Second World War. It lists towns and cities of the German Reich with more than a thousand inhabitants and information on their war-related infrastructure, industrial and production facilities. Only four copies are known to exist worldwide, one of them in the IEG. 

 

ConedaKOR

The open source software ConedaKOR is an open source scientific research software. It has been used in the context of research in the humanities for over twelve years and is constantly being further developed. ConedaKOR provides archiving, management and research of image and metadata on a common web-based interface. It is therefore aimed at image-oriented research, in which digital representations make the mostly analogue object of study available in research and teaching.

 

Fälschungen X Netzwerke

Kunstfälschungen stellen nicht erst seit dem aufsehenerregenden Fall um Wolfgang Beltracchi eine Herausforderung für den Kunstbetrieb und seine sammelnden und bewahrenden Institutionen dar. Ab Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts erschien die Zeitschrift »Mittheilungen des Museen-Verbandes – als Manuscript für die Mitglieder gedruckt und ausgegeben«, die aktuelle Vorkommnisse und Erkenntnisse rund um aufgetauchte Fälschungen und Verdachtsfälle publizierte.

Processing the archives of the Städelschule (1920-1950)

The Städelschule (Frankfurt am Main), together with the IEG and the Hochschule Darmstadt, conducted an exploratory survey of the Städelschule's archival holdings in 2021. The Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) funded this feasibility study, which was also supported by the Frankfurt University Library. In the project, the technological and information science foundations for formal and subject indexing were created and the requirements for digitising the holdings were ascertained.