Workshop Lecturers and Organizers

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Invited speakers

Howard Hotson is a fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and president of the International Society for Intellectual History. Professor Hotson’s works in the field of early modern European intellectual history, with particular attention to central Europe and the international Reformed world c.1550-1660. Thematically, he has written on the histories of science, philosophy, religion, education, and political theory and their relationship to broader social, political, and confessional developments. At the heart of his interests are the gradually expanding reform movements of the post-Reformation period culminating in the pansophism of Comenius, the universal reform programme of Samuel Hartlib, and the audacious philosophical projects of Leibniz. He is currently working on pedagogical innovations linking Ramus to Comenius and Leibniz and a book on the intellectual diaspora of the Thirty Years War. He directs the Oxford-based collaborative research project, ‘Cultures of Knowledge: Networking the Republic of Letters, 1550-1750’.

Glen Worthey is Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Libraries, and head of the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives Group. Glen has been active in the digital humanities since about 1995, was a co-host of the international “Digital Humanities 2011″ conference at Stanford. He’s currently a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Steering Committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and the Board of Directors of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C). Glen Worthey’s library work is focused on the selection, creation and curation of digital resources for humanities research and teaching at Stanford, and he is a member of the Stanford Literary Lab. His academic background and interests are in Russian literature (in which he is currently ABD at the University of California, Berkeley), Spanish language, translation theory and practice, and children’s literature and culture.

Marten Düring is an eHumanities Post Doc at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His PhD dissertation introduces a relational perspective to the analysis of help for persecuted Jews in Germany and the Netherlands during the Holocaust. His research is the to-date first formalized analysis of relations between helpers and recipients of help and among the first projects which apply formal network methods in Contemporary History. He is one of the co-founders of the bi-annual workshop series in the field, and has established and runs the international network “Historical Network Research“.

Hannah Marcus is a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s Department of History and manager of undergraduate research at the “Republic of Letters (MRofL)” project, one of the leading projects in historical network mapping worldwide, where she has been working in multiple capacities in its various projects over the past two years. In the workshop she will offer hands on training with the help of the datasets that were used for some of the MRofL accomplished projects, present their results and will introduce the RoL recently developed tool, KNOT. Planned to be launched in the beginning of 2013, KNOT is a tool for exploring networks and for creating connections. It is oriented around social and intellectual networks with the ability to create both new nodes (people) and create connections (relationships or affiliations), with a view especially for the special needs of research in the humanities.

Scott Weingart in a PhD candidate at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing who has presented, taught and written extensively on network analysis and visualization for the Humanities. He is an information scientist and historian of science who combines the two in his dissertation, which explores communication structures and their influence on scientific knowledge. Recently he has been a consultant for two of the ground breaking intellectual mapping-and-networking projects, “Cultures of Knowledge” at Oxford University and the “Circulation of knowledge” project (KNAW) at the Huygnes ING, The Hague.

Workshop Organizers:

Sinai Rusinek is a post-doctoral fellow at the Polonsky Academy, in Jerusalem. She has BA, MA and PhD degrees in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the way the concept of the Critic functioned in various contexts and discourses from antiquity to Early Modernity, and with how they changed and were formed through these uses. In her post-doctoral research she engages in the history of the Early Modern concept of envy. Sinai is a member of the board of the Concepta International Research School for the History of Concepts, and editor of the journal Contributions to the History of Concepts. Starting 2013 she runs the DigIN initiative: an incubator for digital humanities projects at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

Arie Dubnov is an Acting Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s Department of history and (starting Fall 2013) a Senior Lecturer at the School of History at the University of Haifa, Israel. Dubnov holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a past George L. Mosse Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His fields of expertise are modern Jewish and European intellectual history, with a subsidiary interest in nationalism studies. He is the author, most recently, of Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and he also edited the collection [in Hebrew] Zionism – A View from the Outside (The Bialik Institute, 2010), seeking to put Zionist history in a larger comparative trajectory. In addition, Dubnov has published essays in journals such as Nations & Nationalism, Modern Intellectual History, History of European Ideas, The Journal of Israeli History. In 2012 Dubnov became a member of the Humanities + Design Research Lab at Stanford University, and his next research project, “The Émigrés Lab,” seeks to utilize Digital Humanities tools to study the life and thought of Jewish émigré intellectuals between 1933 and 1968.