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I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, specialised in German Literature of the 18th to 21st century, Digital Humanities and Digital Learning.Additionally, I am also a Visiting Professor (5%, 06/2021-08/2024) at the Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University, Belgium.

Before taking up this role, I taught as Visiting Professor at Regensburg University (Germany, 2020) and Antwerp University (Belgium, 2019-20), as well in my capacity as Postdoctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Ghent University (Belgium, 2010-19). I also taught as Contract Lecturer at the University of Hamburg (Germany, 2006-09), where I also worked as Research Assistant, and as Teaching Assistant at JHU Baltimore (1999-2000). In 2018-19, I worked as a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-Fellow at the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex, UK (HAHP, Sussex Humanities Lab).

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, digital history, 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, the Sussex Humanities Lab), Arbeitsgemeinschaft für germanistische Edition: Kommission für Editionswissenschaft und Digital Humanities, Digital Scholar (journal) and the Friedrich Kittler edition.

PhD in German Literature (Joint PhD), Hamburg University, Ghent University, 2013
Magister Artium, Hamburg University, 2003
Main research interests
German literature of the 18th and 20th-21st century
Scholarly editing, genetic criticism and textual criticism
Digital humanities, digital forensics
Literary theory, methodology and discipline history of the “Germanistik”
Further information
List of publicationsTalks and papersTeaching record
Personal webpage at University of Texas at Austin
Contact page on this blog
Matrix: Link my Matrix profile
Twitter: @riesthorsten

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