2nd GSHS Research Day, October 14, 2022

Digitalität in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften/Digitality in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Venue: Alte Mensa and other locations on the Mainz University campus
The frame program will take place in the left and right auditorium of the Alte Mensa.

Campus map

The GSHS Research Day gives early-career researchers the opportunity to get to know one another, to discuss and exchange ideas on a current research topic and establish contacts.

Some of this year’s Research Day lectures and workshops will be open to all who wish to attend in person, while others will be hybrid events. All events are free of charge.

Participation in the Workshops is open to advanced students and early-career researchers of the JGU, the RMU partner universities and partner institutions within the Mainz network.

All other items in the programme are open to all interested parties.

Research Day theme

The effects of digitisation on research topics and methodologies in the humanities and social sciences as well as on academic communication, are exceptionally diverse. Marked changes in institutionalisation and differentiation processes have occurred in recent times in the digital humanities and in related disciplines within the cultural and social sciences. Doing things digitally in the academic world has long ceased to be the niche specialisation and preserve of self-taught enthusiasts it once was. It now represents a powerful challenge to established epistemologies, methods and forms of communication – and perhaps even to the humanities and social sciences as a whole.

The aim of this year’s GSHS Research Day is to give early-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences, the chance to familiarise themselves with the diversity of approaches and issues involved, and an opportunity to engage in dialogue on the implications of these for their own research projects and their situation in the academic field. Will digital skills be indispensable for everyone working in the humanities and social sciences in future? What might this mean for research projects and their dissemination? In addition to attending lectures and workshops, participants will also have the opportunity to present their own project, get to know those of other young researchers and to discuss ideas with representatives of regional digital research structures.

Should you have any questions regarding the event registration or poster presentation, please contact our office.



9.00 – 10.30 Welcome and opening lecture

    • 9.00 – 9.30: Greeting and Welcome Address, introduction to the day’s programme
      Prof. Dr. Alexandra Schneider, Director of the GSHS
      Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller-Stach, Vice president for Research and Early-Career Academics
    • 9.30 – 10.30: Opening lecture followed by discussion:
      Wie nachhaltig sind die Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften?
      Prof. Dr. Thomas Weitin, TU Darmstadt, German Studies/Digital Literary Studies

The Speaker: After completing his studies in German philology, philosophy and journalism, Prof. Dr. Weitin went on to write a doctoral thesis on violence in the works of Ernst Jünger and Heiner Müller. In 2008 he qualified as a professor at the University of Munster. Since 2016, he has been Professor of German Studies - Digital Literary Studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt. His research focuses on German-language literature from the 17th century to the present, applying digital literary studies methodologies. He is currently head of German Research Foundation projects on digital corpus analysis of the collection of famous criminal cases Der neue Pitaval (The New Pitaval) and on network analysis of decanonized literatures of the 18th century. He is also head of the LitLab laboratory for digital text analysis and cognitive-scientific experiments on reception research.


10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break


10.45 – 12.45: Workshop session 1

Workshop 1: How to become a Digital Humanist: Grundlagen digitaler Methodik in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften
(attendance in person)
Chair: Elena Suarez Cronauer, Digital Academy, Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz


Workshop 2: Transformation der Forschung: Interdisziplinärität und Zusammenarbeit in der digitalen Geschichtswissenschaft 
(attendance in person)
ChairThorsten Wübbena, Head of Digital Historical Research, Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz


12.45 – 14.00: Lunch break and Market of Opportunities/poster presentations

Our Market of Opportunities gives various Mainz institutions and research projects an opportunity to introduce themselves.

Early-career researchers (advanced master’s students, doctoral and post-doctoral students), engaged on a research project on digital topics and/or methods are cordially invited to present their work at our poster presentation.

An online workshop on “Designing Academic Posters” (in German) will be offered by way of preparation on September 20.


14.00 – 16.00: Workshop session 2

Workshop 1: Gender, Diversity, and Intersectional Inclusion in Digital Humanities
(hybrid workshop)
ChairDr. Dibyadyuti Roy, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, and Digital Humanities, University of Leeds


Workshop 2: Wissenschaft online!?! Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen von #wisskomm in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
(hybrid workshop)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Andrea Geier, Modern German Literature, University of Trier


Workshop 3: Neue digitale Werkzeuge für geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliches Arbeiten
(attendance in person)
Chair: Gerhard Lauer, Book Studies, JGU


Workshop 4: Computational Social Science – Grundlagen und erste Schritte automatisierter Datenerhebung- und analyse
(hybrid workshop)
Chair: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jakob Jünger, Institute for Communication Science, University of Münster


16.00 – 16.15: Coffee break


16.15 – 17.00: Concluding discussion


From 17.00: Drinks and get together


Our partner institutions


Digital Cinema Hub

Junge Akademie | Mainz, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur | Mainz

Kompetenzteam Forschungsdaten JGU

KI-Allianz Rheinland-Pfalz

Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz – Bereich Digitale Historische Forschung | DH Lab

mainzed – Mainzer Zentrum für Digitalität in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften

Startup Center JGU

Studium generale JGU – Data Literacy Education

WissKomm Academy, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur | Mainz

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