Guido Koller is working in the Historical Analysis Services of the Swiss Federal Archives.
Guido Koller is a Senior Historian, working in the Historical Analysis Services of the Swiss Federal Archives. Originally researching on European relations to South Asia with Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as a focus, since the 1990s he specialized on the History of World War Two. He is particularly known for his research on Swiss refugee policy and participates in the discussion about the new Digital History.
Administrative history is one focus of Guido Koller in the Federal Archives. His new book deals with the digital history.
Tara L. Andrews is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Bern.
She has a dual background in software engineering and medieval Near Eastern history. She obtained her D.Phil. in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2009, and also holds an M.Phil. in Byzantine Studies (2005) from Oxford and a B.Sc. in Humanities and Engineering (1999) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral work focused on the twelfth-century Armenian-language Chronicle of Mattʿēos Uṙhayecʿi (Matthew of Edessa). More broadly, Tara’s research interests include Byzantine history of the middle period (in particular the tenth to twelfth centuries), Armenian history and historiography from the fifth to the twelfth centuries, and the application of computational analysis and digital methods to the fields of medieval history and philology. She is currently working on computational approaches to the theory behind stemmatic analysis of classical and medieval manuscript texts. The suite of online tools developed for this project are freely available online at http://stemmaweb.net/.
Daniel Speich Chassé is Assistant Professor for Modern History at the University of Lucerne.
He was born in Kibuye, Rwanda, and grew up in Switzerland and in Kenya. He studied history, philosophy and ethnology at the University of Zurich. From 1997 onwards he worked at the Institute of History at ETH Zurich. He spent 2007 as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In the academic year 2008/09 he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) in Nantes and a visiting professor at the University of Nantes, France. Since 2012 he is lecturer with habilitation at the University of Zurich and since 2015 he is lecturer at the Department for Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. His research interests are in global history, the history of knowledge, environmental history, economic history, Swiss history and modern African history. He has published widely in all these fields. His latest monograph is “Die Erfindung des Bruttosozialprodukts” (Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft Bd. 212, Göttingen 2013), which reconstructs the global politics of economic knowledge in the age of imperial decline. The main argument of this book is summarized in the paper “The use of global abstractions“ that appeared in the Journal of Global History Vol. 6, Iss. 1, pp. 7-28 in 2011.
Martin Lengwiler is Professor for Modern History at the University of Basel.
He works and publishes in the fields of History of Knowledge, Modern European History, Welfare history and historical methodology. He has been member of the interdisciplinary research group "Historical and Interpretive Approaches to Standards, Quantification and Formal Representations" at the Historical Research Institute, University of California, Irvine (2001) and invited professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2009). His recent publications include: Competing Globalizations. Controversies Between Private and Social Insurance at International Organisations (1900-1960), in: Robin Pearson (ed.). The Development of International Insurance, London: Pickering & Chattoo, 2010, p. 167-186; Competing Appeals: the Rise of Mixed Welfare Economies in Europe, 1850-1945, in: Geoffrey Clark et al. (eds.), The Appeal of Insurance, Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2010, p. 173-200; Konjunkturen und Krisen der Verwissenschaftlichung der Sozialpolitik im 20. Jahrhundert, in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 50 (2010), p. 47-68 (thematic issue on „Scientization of politics in the 20th century“).
Beat Stüdli is a research assistant at the University of Basel’s Department of History.
He’s currently working on a dissertation on „Insurance policy during the formation phase of the French welfare state (1900-1950)“. He successfully completed a research stay at the ScenciesPo Centre d’Etudes Européennes (Center of European Studies) between 2012 and 2014. In addition Stüdli performed research and published on topics of the field of economic history, insurance industry, and welfare state. Recent and current projects include: The History of the Cantonal Office for Industry, Business and Labor Basel-Landschaft (Vergangenheit mit Zukunft, 2013), Industrial culture in the German-French-Swiss border triangle (Lörrach exhibition 2016), History of the Swiss sample fair “Mustermesse Basel” (contribution to the anniversary publication in 2016), scientific collaboration on the website of the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office (History of social security). Current publication: Stüdli, Beat: Von der Aufsicht zur Nationalisierung. Beginn und Entwicklung der Versicherungsregulierung in Frankreich, 1900-1950, in: David, Thomas et al. (Hg.): Neue Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsgeschichte. Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte 30, 2015, S. 159-175.
Almut Höfert is SNSF professor for the transcultural history of the Arab and Latin Middle Ages at the University of Zurich.
She studied history and Islamic studies in Bonn, Freiburg and Cairo. After participating in projects on the regional history of Baden, she was a research associate at the University of Würzburg for one year. Between 1996 and 2001 she completed her doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence with research stays in Vienna, Venice and Paris. From 2001 to 2010 she was assistant professor of History at the University of Basel and was appointed professor in 2014. While she was writing her habilitation thesis, she was a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo in 2005/6 and a fellow of the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg in 2006/7. Since 2011 she has held a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship for transcultural History of the Arab and Latin Middle Ages at the University of Zurich. Her main research topics include the history of religions and governance, gender history, travel accounts and Christian perceptions of Islam.
Her publications include Höfert, Almut: Kaisertum und Kalifat. Der imperiale Monotheismus im Früh- und Hochmittelalter, Frankfurt am Main 2015 (Globalgeschichte); Höfert, Almut: Den Feind beschreiben. «Türkengefahr» und europäisches Wissen über das Osmanische Reich 1450-1600, Frankfurt a.M 2003; Höfert, Almut; Opitz, Claudia; Ulbrich, Claudia (Hg.): Geschlechtergeschichte global, Wien 2012.
Sebastian Schüpbach was project collaborator at the Swiss Federal Archives and now works as scientific collaborator in the project linked.swissbib.ch.
Sebastian Schüpbach studied General History, Philosophy, Social and Economic History and Sociology at the University of Zurich from 2004 to 2012. He wrote his master thesis on the "Gotthardbund", a political pressure group in Switzerland during the Second World War. He practiced as intern and project staff in various public archives and libraries, most recently in the Historical Analysis Services of the Swiss Federal Archives. There he has been engaged in (semi-)automated analysis of digitized documents and participated in research projects on the history of the federal administration. Since March 2015 he is employed in the project linked.swissbib.ch where he is responsible for the design and development of infrastructure for the conversion of bibliographic records into a linked data framework. His research interests include digital history and history of modern computing, social and intellectual history of conservatism and proletarian movements in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the administrative history of modern times. He is also concerned with Semantic Web technologies and search engines, methods of text and data mining, information retrieval and machine learning.
Valérie Schafer is a researcher at the Institute for Communication Sciences of the Paris-Sorbonne University.
After completing her thesis in 2007 on the History of the French packet-switching networks Cyclades and Transpac, and the technical and professional cultures associated with them, she has made the History of the Internet, the Web and digital cultures her research areas. Since 2014, she is head of the project Web90 (Heritage, Memory and History of the Web of the 1990s) supported by the French National Research Agency, and studies the heritagization of digital materials. As such, Web archives are currently at the center of her interests, both as sources and as objects of study (Governance of Web archiving, Digital Humanities approaches, etc.). She is notably the author of La France en réseaux (1960/1980) (Nuvis, 2012) ; Dans les coulisses de l’Internet. RENATER, 20 ans de technologie, d’enseignement et de recherche with Bernard Tuy, (Armand Colin, 2013) ; Le Minitel, l’enfance numérique de la France with Benjamin Thierry (Nuvis, 2012); La neutralité de l’internet, un enjeu de communication with Hervé Le Crosnier (Les Essentiels d’Hermès, CNRS Editions, 2011) ; and co-editor with Benjamin Thierry of Connecting Women. Women, Gender, and ICT in Europe (Nineteenth-Twentieth Century) (Springer, 2015).
Alexandre Serres is senior lecturer in Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Rennes 2.
PREFics lab’s member, he is founder and head of GRCDI (Research Group on Culture and Information Didactics) since 2007, and currently participates in the ANR Project Translit. After his doctoral thesis in 2000 on the origins of the Internet and the conditions of the emergence of the Arpanet network (his thesis was awarded the "Computers and Society" prize of CREIS in 2001), he changed his research area but has never lost interest in Internet history, through courses, trainings, articles, blog posts... For fifteen years, his activities are directed towards the problems of scientific and technical information (within the URFIST Rennes and the URFIST Network), and his research has focused on cultures of information, media and digital (through the concept of "transliteracy"), on the issue of evaluation of internet information (in particular he published "In the labyrinth : assess information on the Internet," C & F Editions, 2012), and the reflection on the traces (digital and analog).