Welcome to the Digital Humanities Network, supported by the German Studies Association! The goal of this network is to present and discuss humanities research employing digital tools by inviting participating GSA members to share and discuss their knowledge about tools, methods, and, importantly, about theoretical issues central to practicing and researching digital humanities. This may include text analysis, data mining, visualization, modeling and simulation, geo-spatial inquiries and mapping, multimedia or digital storytelling, information or knowledge design, network analysis, and interface design in combination with the history of media, media theory, digital cultures and game studies.

The GSA Digital Humanities Network thereby acknowledges that digital humanities as a field of inquiry emphasizes principles and concepts that will transfer across software programs, platforms and disciplines. It also seeks to keep in mind that digital technologies will emerge and transform over time, and that they are accompanied by questions about their impact on and integration into our cultural and everyday knowledge and practices, particularly as they apply to German Studies.

Co-Directors of the DH Network

Kurt Fendt is a scholar of literary and cultural studies with extensive expertise in the application of information technologies to humanities research and education. He is Principal Research Associate in Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) and Executive Director of MIT’s HyperStudio – Center for Digital Humanities. He teaches Digital Humanities subjects in CMS/W and German Studies courses in Global Studies and Languages (GSL). 

Anke Finger is Professor of German and Media Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. She serves as the Assistant Director at the Humanities Institute, directing the Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) initiative. She is co-author of the 2011  Introduction to Vilém Flusser and has published widely on German and Comparative Modernism, particularly on interart projects and the avant-garde. 

Shelley E. Rose is Associate Professor of History and Director of Social Studies at Cleveland State University. Her research focuses on transnational protest movements, gender history, and digital pedagogy. She is a director of the Protest Spaces transnational digital humanities project and is completing her book, Gender and the Politics of Peace: Cooperative Activism and Transnational Networks on the German Left, 1921-1983.


Digital humanities (DH) allow scholars to utilize digital tools and methods to research and teach in a range of innovative ways and to investigate digital cultures from a variety of humanities viewpoints, in this case German Studies. 


  • Facilitate a transnational and interdisciplinary dialogue between DH scholars in German Studies.
  • Create a directory of DH projects, resources, and scholarly expertise for German history and German Studies, with links to social media.
  • Identify best practices for DH in teaching, research, archiving, and project development.

This interdisciplinary network, as one of the networks supported by the German Studies Association, will provide a forum for sharing and discussing digitally-enabled research projects, teaching efforts, and archival projects. Network chairs will organize a series of roundtables, seminars, and panels for each GSA meeting, drawing on the expertise of the growing community of digital humanities scholars in the GSA and raising awareness for the topic beyond our organization through the creation of DH resources for all areas of German Studies.


Reconstructing Historical Networks Digitally

New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Social Network AnalysisOctober 25-27, 2018 Third Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History International Workshop and Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington Conveners: Matthew Hiebert (GHI), Simone Lässig (GHI), and Katherine McDonough (Stanford) In collaboration with Stanford University Call for Papers This event seeks to …

Journal of Historical Network Research

The Journal of Historical Network Research is live, with the editors introducing the inaugural issue: “As the editors, we are very pleased to present the first volume of the Journal of Historical Network Research, a new publication dedicated to historical research based on the theories and methodologies developed in social network analysis and network science. In the broadest sense, the …


Contact the Co-Directors of the GSA Digital Humanities Network with questions and suggestions:

  • Kurt Fendt (MIT) – fendt@mit.edu
  • Anke Finger (U of Connecticut) – anke.finger@uconn.edu
  • Shelley Rose (Cleveland State U) – shelley.rose@csuohio.edu