FISCHER Franz

Qualifica Professore Associato
Telefono 041 234 6266
E-mail franz.fischer@unive.it
Sito web www.unive.it/persone/franz.fischer (scheda personale)
Struttura Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dsu
Sede: Malcanton Marcorà
Research Institute Research Institute for Digital and Cultural Heritage

I am associate professor for Medieval and Humanist Latin Literature (L-FIL-LET/08) and the director of the Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (DPH) of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Before coming to Venice in 2019, I have been working as a coordinator at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) of the University of Cologne. During this time I have been coordinating several Digital Humanities research projects, among others the EU funded Marie Curie Network on Digital Scholarly Editions DiXiT.

I studied History, Latin and Italian in Cologne and Rome and have been awarded a doctoral degree in Medieval Latin for the digital edition of a treatise on liturgy by the Parisian Master William of Auxerre (c. 1150-1231). After employments as research associate and as a school teacher I took up the position of a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in Dublin, where I created a digital edition of the Confession of Ireland’s Patron Saint Patrick from the 5th century.

A founding member of the Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE), I am teaching at IDE summer schools, publishing a series on digital editions, palaeography & codicology (SIDE) and a review journal on digital editions and resources (RIDE). I am editor-in-chief of Digital Medievalist, a peer reviewed open access journal of the Digital Medievalist Community, where I have been serving on the Executive Board since 2014.

This is an overview of my academic life in brief facts:

Employments

  • 2011-2019: Coordinator and Researcher (TV-L 14) at Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH), University of Cologne
  • 2008-2011: Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Dublin
  • 2007-2008: Secondary school teacher for Classical Latin, Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium and Gymnasium Deutz, Cologne
  • 2004-2008: Research associate at the Thomas Institute, University of Cologne

Education

  • 2007: Ph.D. in Medieval Latin, University of Cologne (grade: 0.3 = magna cum laude), Guillelmi Autissiodorensis Summa de officiis ecclesiasticis
  • 2001-2004: Scholarship at Graduate School 'Vormoderne Konzepte von Zeit und Vergangenheit' (Premodern concepts of time and past), University of Cologne
  • 1999-2000: Student Teacher (Referendar) for Classical Latin and History, Montessori-Gymnasium, Cologne
  • 1999: 3rd level degree (Staatsexamen) in Classical Latin, History and Education Science. Thesis: Edition of the Latin Papebroch diary (see Publications)
  • 1995-1996: Diplôme Européen d'Études Médiévales (Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études  Médiévales), Vatican Library, Rome
  • 1992-1999: Studies in Classical and Medieval Latin, History, Italian, Philosophy and Education Science, University of Cologne
  • 1992: Final exams for university entrance (Abitur), Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium in Dinslaken, Germany

Teaching record

  • 2018: MA class: Letters from World War II – Citizen Science, Public History and Social Editing. Institute for Digital Humanities, University of Cologne (awarded student’s poster at DH Oxford Summer School)
  • Feb 2018: Graduate seminar: The Digital Schoolbook – Encoding Disticha Catonis. Classics Department / Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (with Martin Bloomer)
  • 2015-2018: 3 MA classes: Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative. Institute for Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
  • 2015-2019: 5 Colloquia: Current trends in Digital Humanities. Institute for Digital Humanities, University of Cologne (students’ accompanying blog)
  • 2014-2015: Tutorial class: Scholarly Editing – Traditional methods and digital technology. Classics Department, University of Cologne (with Peter Orth)
  • 2008-2017: 8 Summer school classes on Digital Scholarly Editions. Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) & Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT)
  • 2012-2014: 3 Master classes: Text and Textuality. Digital Humanities, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • 2007-2008: Reading course: Medieval Latin Sources. Department of Medieval History, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2007-2008: Secondary school classes for Classical Latin. Nicolaus-Cusanus-Gymnasium and Gymnasium Deutz, Cologne
  • 2006-2007: Tutorial class: Scholarly Editing. Department of Humanities Computing, University of Cologne
  • 2000-2001: Secondary school classes for Classical Latin and History, Montessori-Gymnasium, Cologne

Current professional services

Civil services

  • 2015-2019: Lay judge at District Court Cologne/ Hilfsschöffe am Amtsgericht Köln

Selected projects

2018: Annual conference of the association for Digital Humanities in German speaking countries, University of Cologne, Feb-March 2018. Funded by DFG (International Scientific Event), DHd, DARIAH-DE/CLARIN-DE.

2016-2019: Magica Levantina – Digital Documentation Environment and Edition of ancient Greek magical texts. Funded by DFG.

2015-2019: co:op – Community as Opportunity. The creative archives’ and users’ network. Funded by the EU, Creative Europe Programme.

2015-2022: Itinera Nova. Digitisation and Transcription of Acts and Registers from 1362-1795. In collaboration with 35 volunteers and the City Archive Leuven. Funded by the Flemish government and the City of Leuven.

  • http://www.itineranova.be
  • Field: Middle Dutch, Digital Archive, Public History,
  • Role: Data modelling, project development, refactoring

2015-2021: Disticha Catonis – The Digital Schoolbook. Collaboration with University of Notre Dame. Funded by the Notre Dame Office of Research

  • Field: Classics, Medieval Studies, Digital Philology
  • Role: Project development, data modelling, data transformation, training of staff members

2015-2021: BIFLOW – Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works (c. 1260-1416). Collaboration with the University of Venice and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Funded by European Research Council.

  • https://biflow.hypotheses.org
  • Field: Medieval Studies, Digital Philology
  • Role: Data modelling (incl. IIIF), digital edition of Francesco da Barberino’s ‘Documenti’

2015-2020: Realenzyklopädie für Antike und Christentum (RAC) – Digital edition and indexing. Collaboration with University of Bonn. Funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

  • Field: Cultural History and Transformation, Theology
  • Role: Data modelling, project development

2014-2018: Edição Digital de Fernando Pessoa – Projetos e Publicações. Collaboration with Instituto de Estudos de Literatura e Tradição (IELT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

2013-2018: DiXiT – Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network. Funded under Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

2013-2029: Capitularia – Edition der fränkischen Herrschererlasse (Edition of the Frankish Capitularies). Funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (in connection with Monumenta Germaniae Historica).

2013-2019: Oral Tales of Mongol Bards – Digital audio archive (The Walther Heissig Collection). In collaboration with University of Bonn. Funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

2013-2018: Lokalbericht – Textgenetische editio princeps von Hermann Burgers erstem Roman. In collaboration with the Swiss Literary Archives (SLA). Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

2013-2014: LAZARUS – Langfristige Aufbereitung, Zugänglichkeit und Archivierung universitärer Sammlungen. Funded by North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research.

2012-2026: Kleine und Fragmentarische Historiker der Spätantike (Minor and Fragmentary Historians of Late Antiquity). In collaboration with the University of Düsseldorf. Funded by North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

  • Field: Late Antiquity, Digital Philology
  • Role: Project development, data modelling, data transformation

2008-2011: The Saint Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack Project. Funded by EU and Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Ireland.

  • http://confessio.ie
  • Field: Celtic Studies, Digital Philology
  • Role: Principal researcher, afterlife

2008-2011: The Schedula diversarum artium – A digital critical edition. Funded by Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Invited talks (since 2015)

  • 2 May 2019: Initiativen, Infrastrukturen, Interfaces – Subjektiver Rundumschlag eines digitalen Editors, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt / Musil Musil-Institut für Literaturforschung (Keynote, KONDE Annual Meeting and Conference)
  • 11 April 2019: Behold! See! Me? – Imaging Technologies and the Manuscript, Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice (ERC StG Project BIFLOW)
  • 28 Sept 2018: Tous les cas sont spéciaux. Erschliessungspraktiken für digitales Kulturgut (with Peter Dängeli), Universität Zürich & Königsfelden/Brugg (Conference ‘Digitales Kulturerbe: Zugang, Vernetzung und Darstellung’)
  • 21 Jun 2018: Levels of Abstraction – Historical Documents in a Digital World, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (Keynote, International Workshop for Researchers and Archivists, Creative Europe Programme)
  • 18 Apr 2018: Filologia digitale, University of Padova (Filologie a confronto V – Filologia e digital humanities)
  • 12 Feb 2018: Digital Philology, Hesburgh Library's Center for Digital Scholarship, University of Notre Dame
  • 12 Jan 2018: Digital Textual Criticism, Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice (ERC StG Project BIFLOW)
  • 7 Dec 2017: A Brief History of Imaging Technologies in Textual Scholarship, Centre for Theory of History, University of Belgrade
  • 22 Nov 2017: People from the Past – Patrick, the Emperor and Pessoa through their Writings, Charles University, Prague (Digital Humanities and the Study of the Past)
  • 17 Oct 2017: Textual Plurality and the Critical Text in Digital and Traditional Scholarly Editions, Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University (Autumn School ‘Editing Medieval Texts – Techniques, Opportunities and Challenges’)
  • 26 Sept 2017: Experience Report on Marie Curie Action „DiXiT“, University of Cologne (Workshop ‘Förderprogramme der strukturierten Doktorandenausbildung’)
  • 3 Aug 2017: Editionen am CCeH zwischen fachlicher Vielfalt und technischer Konvergenz (with Peter Dängeli), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Editionsportal Thüringen)
  • 3 Jul 2017: Editing Medieval Texts: Theories, Practices, and Challenges in the Digital Age, Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice (ERC StG Project BIFLOW)
  • 24 May 2017: Digital Philology: Theories and Practices (with Ulrike Henny & Patrick Sahle), University of Cologne (Conference of the DAAD-Research-Exchange Program ‘Philology in the Making’)
  • 4 Apr 2017: Digitale Textkritik im Dies- und Jenseits der Apparate, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Studiengruppe Historische Semantik)
  • 16 Feb 2017: Digital Philology and the (cr)apparatus, University of Potsdam (Keynote, Interdisciplinary Workshop ‘Classical Philology Goes Digital’, Volkswagenstiftung)
  • 6 Oct 2016: DiXiT: Research, Training, and Networking in the Field of Digital Editing (with Susan Schreibman & Elena Pierazzo), University of Antwerp (Annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship)
  • 30 Jun 2016: Zur kritischen Online-Edition von Wilhelm von Auxerres Summa de officiis ecclesiasticis, Universität Freiburg (Internationale Akademiekonferenz ‘Digital Classics: Editing, Interpreting, Teaching’)
  • 14 Jun 2016: Die Rolle der Informationswissenschaften in den Digital Humanities, FH Potsdam (Probevortrag Professur für Digital Humanities)
  • 25 Jun 2015: Requirements of the ‘critical’ for a digital corpus of scholarly editions, University of Oklahoma (Mellon Foundation, ‘Digital Latin Library’ International expert seminar)
  • 25 Mar 2015: Oh When the Saints… Editing Medieval Texts in the Digital Age, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (PhD Program in Literature)