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Photo credit: Maria de Gier.1

I work as a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher (FWO) at the Institute of Modern German Literature at Ghent University, Belgium.  My main research interests are German literature of the 18th and 20th-21st century (Thomas Kling, Gottfried Benn, Friedrich Hölderlin, Michael Speier and others), theory, methodology and practice of scholarly editing, genetic criticism and textual criticism, digital humanities, literary theory, methodology and discipline history of the “Germanistik”. See publications and current papers.

At the moment, I am especially interested in born-digital philology, which puts to work digital forensics to preserve and study born-digital archives. Born-digital archives that let us analyse how literay ways of writing change in the digital era, how writing is affected by the digital tools that we use. Born-digital archives are the material historical record of our present day, which will mean a paradigm shift for literary studies as well as for all historical humanities disciplines.

I am collaborating in the context or as member of multiple centers, societies, working groups, amongst which the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für germanistische Edition: Kommission für Editionswissenschaft und Digital Humanities, Digital Scholar (journal) and the Friedrich Kittler edition.

Before my present postdoctoral fellowship in German literature and digital humanities at Ghent University, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, as teaching assistant for German Literature at the Institute for German Literature and as Digital Humanities Research Coordinator at the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities, GhentCDH. In 2013, I received a Joint PhD degree at Hamburg and Ghent University in German literature with a genetic edition of selected poetry by Gottfried Benn (1935-1953). Earlier, until 2010, I worked as research assistant and contract lecturer for German Literature at Hamburg University, Germany, where I also studied German Language and Literature, Political Science and Psychology. Back in 1999-2000, I studied and worked as a teaching assistant for German at the Department of German at JHU Baltimore, USA. Please refer to my teaching record here.

From September 2018 to August 2019, I have the honor to conduct a research project on digital forensics in the historical humanities as a MSCA Fellow at University of Sussex, UK (HAHP, Sussex Humanities Lab).

research interests education
German literature of the
18th and 20th-21st century
PhD in German Literature (Joint PhD), 2013
Hamburg University, Ghent University
scholarly editing, genetic criticism
and textual criticism
Magister Artium, 2003
Hamburg University
digital humanities, digital forensics
literary theory, methodology and
discipline history of the “Germanistik”
further information contact
list of publications official webpage at Ghent University
talks and papers contact page on this blog
teaching record twitter: @riesthorsten

  1. This portrait of me has been taken by Maria De Gier who also owns the copyright. See more of her work on her website, where you will also be able to contact her. [return]