Call for Applications: 13 positions for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg

13 positions for PhD students (Doctoral candidates) in the field of digital history and hermeneutics (m/f)

The Historical Institute / Center for Contemporary and Digital History University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg in the framework of the so-called PRIDE-program, enabling the creation of a Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) and opens up to

13 positions for PhD students (Doctoral candidates) in the field of digital history and hermeneutics (m/f)

Ref: R-STR-3067-00-B
Starting date: 15th January 2017
Duration: 14-month initial contract, extendable up to 3 years, further extendable by 1 year if required, 40 hours/week
Doctoral student status at Luxembourg University
Deadline for applications: 1st September 2016

Your Role
This DTU aims at creating an experimental trading zone for the reflection on the epistemological and methodological challenges of doing digital history / humanities research in an interdisciplinary setting. All PhD students will have to conduct their research within the conceptual framework of the DTU. Participation in the collectively organized skills trainings on digital literacy as well as active participation in the planning and organization of thematic workshops of the DTU will be required. For a detailed description of the DTU and the thematic axes see:
Presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences
Publication of papers / scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals
Possibility of participating in teaching activities (seminars)
Your Profile

Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in a Humanities discipline (History, Philosophy, Sociology, Linguistics, Archaeology) or related disciplines such as Geography; or in Computer Sciences, Data and Information Science, Human-Computer-Interaction and Psychology. It is possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be given in the application
Good command of written and spoken English
Dedication to actively participate in the interdisciplinary framework of the DTU
Willingness to integrate in the “experimental space” of the DTU

The University of Luxembourg offers

  • a dynamic environment with a large number of ongoing scientific activities (English as working language; additionally, French and German are accepted as literary languages for the writing of the PhD thesis)
  • a cutting edge digital research infrastructur
  • Financial support (travel allowances) for participating in scientific activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
  • Attractive salary and employment contract including social insurance contribution
  • Enrolment in the doctoral school of the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) or of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) with an interesting offer of various disciplinary or interdisciplinary courses and transferable skills trainings

PhD Advisors and Research Areas

  • Ass.-Prof. Andrea Binsfeld: ancient history, slave history, roman archaeology
  • Prof. Pascal Bouvry; computer science, heuristics of search, search optimization, parallel computing
  • Ass.-Prof. Geoffrey Caruso: geovisualisation, spatial data mining, GIS, urban analysis
  • Prof. Andreas Fickers: digital history, historical epistemology, history of media and technology
  • Prof. Peter Gilles: linguistics, corpus linguistics, digital humanities, Luxembourg studies
  • Prof. Frank Hofmann: philosophy, epistemology, theories of cognition, knowledge and rationality
  • Dr. Vincent Koenig: human-computer interaction, cognitive ergonomics
  • Ass.-Prof. Benoît Majerus: European history, war studies, medical history, memory studies
  • Prof. Michel Margue: historiography, memory studies, medieval history, historical hermeneutics
  • Ass.-Prof. Christoph Schommer: data mining, data science, information retrieval, text mining
  • Ass.-Prof. Denis Scuto: contemporary history of Luxembourg, migration history, historical didactics
  • Prof. Leon van der Torre: arcificial intelligence, knowledge representation, deontic/legal reasoning, argumentation, NLP
  • Dr. Martin Uhrmacher: urban history, regional history, historical cartography, medical history

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation containing compulsorily an explanation of the motives for participating in the DTU and of expected learning outcomes and career perspectives
  • a sketch of a research project (2 pages max) that fits into at least one of the thematic axes developed in the DTU proposal
  • an argued preference for a main supervisor out of the list of PhD advisors listed above
  • Full CV
  • Transcript of academic records and copies of diplomas
  • Names of at least two references who are willing to write a letter of recommendation on the candidate’s behalf (they may be contacted by us)

11 of the 13 positions are funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg in the PRIDE scheme. 2 PhD positions are funded by the University.
General questions concerning the structure, intellectual agenda and organization of the DTU should be addressed to the DTU coordinator Prof. Andreas Fickers:
Administrative questions shall be addressed to
Scientific questions should be addressed directly to the corresponding potential PhD advisor

All applications must be submitted online. Deadline: 1st of September 2016.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer and applications by women are especially encouraged

25,000 biographical records in ECARTICO – and counting

One of the longer running projects that is maintained within the CREATE program is ECARTICO, a comprehensive collection of structured biographical data concerning painters, engravers, printers, book sellers, gold- and silversmiths and others involved in the ‘cultural industries’ of the Low Countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Recently the 25,000th person was added to ECARTICO. The publisher and bookseller Samuel Halma had the honor to mark this milestone.

Create Digital History Workshop

At this session of the Digital History Workshop we will practice and discuss the use of digital annotating tools for humanities scholarship. We will experiment with Atlas.ti, one of the so-called CAQDAS (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software), which provides scholars with an integrated interface (the Hermeneutic Unit – HU) for coding and analyzing text, pdf or multimedia files. To get an idea check the below Atlas.ti video teaser.

The session is a follow-up to the previous DHW-session that focused on labeling techniques for video files. During this workshop we will practice the basic Atlas.ti annotation techniques hands-on. We will also conduct simple queries of our annotated material. We will conclude the workshop with a discussion on the methodological implications of digital annotation tools such as Atlas.ti.

You can register for the workshop by sending an email to Hanna Jansen (unregistering no later than two days in advance of the workshop). You will receive further information and reading material upon registration.

(please note: this month’s workshop will be held at a different time than usual)

Workshop Kaarten & Data: 30 June 2016 (in Dutch)

Workshop Kaarten en Data. Digitale kaartapplicaties voor erfgoedbeheerders en onderzoekers

Arie van Steensel (Department Geschiedenis, Amsterdam Centre for Urban History) organizes a workshop on digital historical maps and GIS. Please find the abstract and program (in Dutch) below.

Digitale kaartapplicaties zijn niet meer weg te denken in de erfgoedsector en ook onderzoekers maken steeds vaker gebruik van bijvoorbeeld historisch GIS om archeologische of historische gegevens te analyseren en te presenteren. Het ontwikkelen van digitale kaartapplicaties vraagt echter de nodige expertise en vaak ook een forse tijdsinvestering, daarom is samenwerking en de uitwisseling van kennis noodzakelijk. Tijdens deze workshop presenteren experts uit de erfgoedsector en onderzoekers de mogelijkheden van digitale kaartapplicaties aan de hand van bestaande voorbeelden en lopende ontwikkelingen. Zij gaan daarbij in op zowel technische of methodologische vragen als op innovatieve toepassingen die nog ontwikkeld kunnen worden. Tijdens de middag is het mogelijk om eigen (onderzoeks)plannen te bespreken met de aanwezige experts, of om kennis te maken met GIS-software. De workshop biedt zowel erfgoedbeheerders als individuele onderzoekers de mogelijkheid om nieuwe ideeën op te doen en met elkaar van gedachten te wisselen over de ontwikkeling en verdere toepassing van digitale kaartapplicaties.

Voor programma en meer info zie hier.

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CREATE @DHBenelux 8-9 June: Cinema, Art and Music Data

Come and see us @DHBenelux on 8 and 9 June in Belval, just south of the city of Luxemburg.

Julia will be discussing 3D Visualization as a Tool for Studying the History of Cinema-going

Claartje will discuss the Stedelijk Museum Textmining Project, together with Jeroen Smeets (Zylab)

and, Harm, Ivan, Mascha, Tessa & Wouter will present posters on the CREATE project in general, our database on nineteenth-century concert programs, and an orthographic layer for Early Modern Dutch texts.

Workshop on 3D visualization 22 and 23 June, KB The Hague

In June, the Digital Heritage Netherlands foundation organizes a workshop on the use of 3D visualization in cultural heritage, both for research and dissemination. Daniel Pletinckx will lead a workshop on 3D, demonstrating his reconstruction of the Ename 1290 educational game and tour. For a limited amount of participants, registration required.

3D workshop DEN

Bijeenkomst Voorbij 3D-digitalisering: 3D-toepassingen in cultureel erfgoed

Op 22 en 23 juni organiseert DEN in samenwerking met Visual Dimension de bijeenkomst Voorbij 3D-digitalisering: 3D-toepassingen in cultureel erfgoed.

Op de studiedag zullen we kritisch kijken naar het hoe en waarom van 3D-digitalisering, de stand van zaken schetsen op het vlak van 3D in erfgoed en met name ingaan op de tal van mogelijke toepassingen van 3D-content. Op 23 juni volgt een ochtendworkshop over de bouw van een interactieve museumapplicatie met behulp van 3D-content. De bijeenkomst vindt plaats in het zalencentrum van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag. Inschrijven kan via de DEN-website.

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THATCamp Amsterdam 2016

This October 27th Amsterdam will see its first THATCamp (The Humanities and Technologies Camp) and you are invited to participate! What is a THATCamp?

A THATCamp is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory. We invite you to register early (registering is free and goes on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t wait too long!) and to propose a session on our website. We will keep track of the proposals on our home page, and you are invited to comment, make suggestions and team up with other THATCampers for collaborative plan-making so to make most of the THATCamp Amsterdam in October.

Sessions on every level of skill are welcome: you do not have to be a technical expert to host a session. If necessary, the Amsterdam-based CREATE-team can accommodate you with technical support. Common THATCamp session formats are the Talk, Make, Teach or Play format. Some examples: “How do we share our knowledge of historic places?” (Talk), Developing a statewide OpenCourseWare initiative (Make), WordPressing and Timelining! (Teach) and Share Your Favourite Tools (Play). If you don’t feel able host a session yourself, you can look for others who could host one for you and you can also contribute to the THATCamp by collaborative note taking and posting the notes of the session you’ve attended on our blog.

We hope to see you in October and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us via



Next Digital History Workshop: Exploring Digital Annotation Techniques

UvA Create Digital History Workshop
Wednesday May 25, 2016, 13-15h
E-lab Mediastudies, room 0.16 BG 1, Turfdraagsterpad 9, Amsterdam

At the next session of the Digital History Workshop, participants will gain practical, hands-on experience with digital techniques for labelling and annotating media files.

Christian Oleson (UvA) will introduce the participants to the video annotation tool Anvil that he has worked on in the framework of his ongoing PhD research Film History in the Making: Digital Archives and Film Historiography at the University of Amsterdam.

Liliana Melger (Uva) will hold a small presentation on Nvivo, one of the so-called CAQDAS (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software), including a demonstration of its uses for audiovisual media analysis (video, audio, and images).

The workshop is meant for all humanities researchers. For more information on the workshop series, click here

For a short introduction to the basics of Anvil, check this tutorial