MemberAnna Dorofeeva

I’m Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Friedrich Meineke Institute, Free University of Berlin. My research interests span the cultural and intellectual history of the early and high Middle Ages, with a particular focus on book history. My most recent research output has focused on the Physiologus, the codicology of miscellany manuscripts and medieval cryptography. I’m currently working on the interaction between Caroline and Visigothic minuscule scripts in early medieval Catalonia, cataloguing the palaeographical changes that are evidence of cultural exchange and migration of written practices. If you want to get in touch, drop me an email: dorofeeva [at] zedat.fu-berlin [dot] de.

MemberHannah Busch

Hannah Busch is a Ph.D. candidate in the project Digital Forensics for Historical Documents at Huygens ING in Amsterdam. In her thesis, she focuses on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the study of medieval Latin paleography. Hannah studied German-Italian studies (B.A./Laurea Triennale) at the Universities of Bonn and Florence, followed by the completion of a M.A. in Textual Scholarship at the Free University of Berlin. Prior to moving to the Netherlands in 2018, she worked as research assistant at the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, where she was a member of the eCodicology-project. Her research interests include large scale digitization of medieval manuscripts, and  experimenting with the application of computational methods that can support and enhance the work of manuscripts scholars. She is member of the Digital Medievalist Postgraduate Subcommittee, and the editorial team of the German science blog Mittelalter – Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Rezeptionsgeschichte.

MemberJens Notroff

Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.

MemberSebastian Hageneuer

I am a Near Eastern Archaeologist based in Germany and focused on the methodology of reconstruction of ancient architecture. I received my degree at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and am still anrolled as a PhD student with a thesis about the influence and development of archaeological reconstruction drawings of the 19th and 20th century. During my time as a student, I started a company called Artefacts, that focused on creating visual reconstructions of ancient architecture and worked for various projects. I am currently a research assistant at the University of Cologne and work in the newly created Master-programm of Archaeoinformatics (Computational Archaeology) as a specialist in 3D Documentation and Modelling. I am also a Fellow for Innovations in Digital Teaching and explore new ways of communicating archaeological knowledge with modern technologies in an associated project.

MemberArnim Alex Seelig

I’m a PhD candidate in German studies at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and a course lecturer at the University of Paderborn in Germany, where I am finishing my dissertation. For my research I received a doctoral scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I am a visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin and an associated member of the graduate research training group “Automatismen” at the University of Paderborn. In my dissertation I analyse the aesthetics of the Swiss author Christian Kracht, with an eye towards discourses about conservatism in his works and reception. By combining reader-response criticism and post-structuralism with the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and 20th century theories of conservatism, I approach Kracht’s oeuvre as a form of cultural and philosophical critique of the globalizing technological consumer society of the 20th and 21st century. Furthermore, I argue that Kracht’s texts are literary examples of a new German cultural conservatism, which is characterized, among other things, by semiological sophistication, irony, and a certain elitism. My long-term objective is to continue working at an institution of higher education after the completion of my PhD, preferably as a professor at an American or Canadian research university or liberal arts college.You can find out more about me in my online teaching portfolio at and at LinkedIn.

MemberLeon Chisholm

Leon Chisholm studied applied music and musicology in Canada and the United States, obtaining a PhD in historical musicology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. His dissertation research, funded in part by the Cini Foundation in Venice, concerned the mechanization of polyphonic vocal idioms brought about by the rise of lute and keyboard playing in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Previously, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, the Humboldt University Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, CRC 980, “Epistemes in Motion,” at the Free University Berlin, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, and the Italian Academy at Columbia University. Leon’s recent work has focused on projects concerning the long history of the keyboard interface, the social construction of timbre in organ building, the material origins of musical style and concepts in early modern Europe, and the circulation of Corelli’s sonatas in eighteenth-century Scottish fiddling. In addition to his academic research, Leon is a software developer and practicing musician specializing in organs and historical keyboards.

MemberFrantiska Zezulakova Schormova

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