Sytze is a PhD Candidate working on gender and computer science history

Sytze Van Herck is a doctoral researcher at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (University of Luxembourg). Before embarking on this research project, she obtained a Master of Arts in History at the KU Leuven (2015) and a Master in Science in Digital Humanities (2017). Her master thesis in Digital Humanities focussed on visualising the gender balance at both computer science and digital humanities conferences between 2000 and 2015. Her main research interests are the intersectionality of gender, ethnicity, race, sexuality, nationality, language, culture, and class within science, technology and society. More specifically, her work examines the gender balance and other intersecting identities changing the composition of the field of Computer Science during the twentieth century and how this historical research can contribute to current debates on gender in computer science.


Main supervisor: Prof. Dr Andreas Fickers (C²DH)

Other supervisors: Prof. Dr Martin Theobald (University of Luxembourg), Prof. Dr Sally Wyatt (University of Maastricht)