Marten is an Assistant Professor in Digital History

My research explores the opportunities and challenges inherent in this transformation and is positioned on the intersection between historical thinking, novel computational methods and software design. Following degrees in cultural history (BA, University of Augsburg) and memory studies (MA, University of Manchester) and research work at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Essen), I defended my PhD thesis in contemporary history at the University of Mainz on the emergence of covert networks during the Second World War. After positions at Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the former Centre virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) I joined C²DH in 2016.

Over the last years I have enjoyed working in interdisciplinary research environments with social, computer and information scientists, engineers, designers and developers.

I am one of the principal investigators of the PI of the project impresso - Media Monitoring of the Past II. Beyond Borders: Connecting Historical Newspapers and Radio which facilitates the exploration of historical newspaper and radio collections across modalities, time, languages, and national borders by integrating natural language processing, interface development and historical research. Within impresso, I coordinate interface development and digital history research for the C²DH-based team. I also serve as founding editor on the Journal of Historical Network Research, coordinate the Historical Network Research Community, am the contact point for C²DH’s Hands-on History lecture series. Following the Russian attack on Ukraine in 2021, I also serve as contact point for Ukrainian support activities by the centre.

Previously, I co-coordinated the first impresso project on Swiss and Luxembourgish newspapers, was part of the consortium of the ANR/FNR-funded project BLIZAAR (Hybrid Visualization of Dynamic Multilayer Graphs) together with colleagues from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Laboratoire bordelais de recherche en informatique (LaBRI) and CY Tech (Pau/Paris) and worked on the histograph project.

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