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Frank Fischer

  • Frank Fischer has been at HSE University since 2016.

Frank Fischer studied Computer Science, German Literature, and Spanish Philology in Leipzig and London and is an Ancien Pensionnaire de l'École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He received his PhD from the University of Jena for his study on the dramatic works of Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe and their contemporary translations into Russian, Danish, and French («Triumph of Revenge», publ. 2013). As a student, Frank worked as a programmer for the Deutscher Wortschatz project and for TextTech, a Leipzig-based company specialised in text mining. After graduating, he was an editor for the Brockhaus encyclopedia and part of the HistVV project at the Leipzig University Library. From 2013 to 2016 he was coordinator of the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities and staff member of DARIAH-DE. In November, 2016, he was appointed director of DARIAH-EU.

Education and Degrees

  • 2013

    Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • 2003

    Master's in Humanities
    Leipzig University

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2017/2018)



  • 2019

    XXXIX Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) (Монреаль). Presentation: Programmable Corpora: Towards a Combined Words/Networks Analysis of Literary Texts

  • DIGITAL HUMANITIES MEET-UP HSE (Москва). Presentation: Automatic Extraction of Vossian Antonomasia from Newspaper Corpora
  • Digital Humanities Conference “Complexities” (Utrecht). Presentation: Programmable Corpora: Introducing DraCor, an Infrastructure for the Research on European Drama

  • 2018

    EADH 2018: Data in Digital Humanities (Голуэй). Presentation: Topic Modelling 200 Years of Russian Drama

  • Digital Humanities 2018 - Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Мехико). Presentation: The 91st Volume – How the Digitised Index for the Collected Works of Leo Tolstoy Adds a New Angle for Research

  • Digital Humanities 2018 - Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Мехико). Presentation: To Catch a Protagonist: Quantitative Dominance Relations in German-Language Drama (1730–1930)
  • 2016

    Digital Humanities 2016 — Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Краков). Presentation: Theatre Plays as 'Small Worlds'? Network Data on the History and Typology of German Drama, 1730–1930

  • 2015

    Digital Humanities 2015 — Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Сидней ). Presentation: When Does (German) Literature Take Place? – On the Analysis of Temporal Expressions in Large Corpora

Employment history

2016-03 to present: National Research University Higher School of Economics: Moscow, Russia

2015-07 to 2016-03: Göttingen State and University Library: Göttingen, Germany

2013-10 to 2015-06: Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities: Göttingen, Germany

2009-10 to 2013-09: University of Jena: Jena, Germany

Digital Humanities Create New Opportunities for Faculty and Students Alike

On October 3, the School of History and the HSE Centre for Digital Humanities, with support from the Teaching Excellence Initiative, held a lecture by Dr. Andrew Janco (Haverford College, USA) entitled ‘Engaging Students in the Humanities and Sciences through Digital Scholarship Projects.’ Covering methods for engaging students in project-based research in the digital humanities, the lecture aimed to demonstrate the benefits of researchers working with students as co-investigators with their own research interests and agenda.

Examining the Digital Humanities from a Geopolitical and Technocritical Perspective

Gimena del Rio Riande, a researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET, Argentina), studies the development, use, and methodologies of scholarly digital tools, as well as how new scientific fields like digital humanities are ‘born’ in a country where technological issues are part of the social, cultural and economic context. At the upcoming XIX April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, she will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change’.

Web-service Designed by the HSE Centre for Digital Humanities Nominated for DH Awards 2017

The Easy Linavis web-service allows users to quickly transform a text or any other type of data into a graph, as well as study it by using a social network analysis. You don’t need any special programming skills to use this service.

Digital Humanities – What Is It and Why Is It One of the Newest Revolutions in the Humanities?

The scientific landscape is changing before our eyes. Different sciences are becoming more and more intertwined with one another, and this sometimes creates quite unexpected combinations, such as the digital humanities. This field is developing rapidly, with conferences and summer schools now being held on the subject. In addition, HSE recently devoted an entire week to the Digital Humanities. But what is this field and why is it so important? 

Medea’s, Aragorn’s and Hannibal Lecter’s Social Networks

The latest in a series of student presentations has taken place at the ‘Modern Methods in Humanities’ course with students presenting work carried out with the use of network analysis and graph theory.

'Digital Humanities is an umbrella term that encompasses a plethora of projects'

The HSE Centre for Digital Humanities jointly with the School of linguistics and the School of history held the Digital Humanities week. Among the participants were the "Memorial" society, the "Prozhito" project, the Open List, the Centre for Digital Humanities at Perm University, the German Historical Institute Moscow, as well as researchers from various HSE schools and departments.

'What convinced me to come here was HSE's focus on research'

Frank Fisher, Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics, moved to HSE in 2016, having previously worked at Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities. Since then he has helped found HSE's own Centre for Digital Humanities, participated in a summer school on digital literary research, started a junior research group and became a co-director of DARIAH, a pan-European research infrastructure. In the interview Frank talks about the benefits of being a researcher at HSE and describes his own research activities and plans.

'What Convinced Me to Come Here Was HSE's Focus on Research'

Frank Fisher, Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics, moved to HSE in 2016, having previously worked at Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities. With his significant experience in the field, Frank instantly gave boost to digital humanities research at HSE. He became the co-founder of the Centre for Digital Humanities at HSE and is leading a new Junior Research Group on digital literary research. In January Frank became a co-director of DARIAH, a pan-European research infrastructure, with hopes to leverage his involvement there to the benefit of research projects at HSE.

Making a Home in HSE’s Cities

For foreign scholars who come to teach and conduct research at the Higher School of Economics, whether temporarily or on a permanent basis, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod all provide a variety of interesting opportunities to enjoy a quality life. We spoke with several international scholars who now make these cities home about their experiences and the advice they would share with others who may be considering a move.

‘Our Students Were Able to See that HSE is a Real Research University’

Tilmann Reuther, Professor at the University of Klagenfurt, and his colleague Joulia Köstenbaumer talk to the HSE News Service about their experience of cooperation with the School of Linguistics and internships in Austria.

Anna Karenina’s Social Networks: HSE Researchers Conduct Workshop in Germany

The Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, one of the oldest universities in Germany, hosted a three-day workshop on social network analysis of literary texts conducted by Daniil Skorinkin, Lecturer at the School of Linguistics, and Frank Fischer, Associate Professor at the School.

‘These are the People Who Will Shape the Agenda in the Humanities’

The first Moscow-Tartu School in Digital Humanities has taken place at the Leo Tolstoy House and Museum in Yasnaya Polyana. The school‘s aim is to create an interdisciplinary academic environment in which modern computer methods are applied to the study of texts. The school was organized by the HSE School of Linguistics, Leo Tolstoy House and Museum in Yasnaya Polyana, and the Department of Russian Literature at the University of Tartu.