Facilitator Bios

Nataša Djurdjevac Conrad is a mathematician working in applied and computational mathematics at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). She finished her BSc and MSc at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade in Serbia. As a scholar of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), Nataša obtained her PhD in mathematics from Free University Berlin in 2012. She is currently a head of a “Computational Humanities” research group at ZIB. Her research is on mathematical modeling, simulation and numerical analysis of complex systems with applications in social and life sciences. In particular, her recent work is on developing network and agent-based models for spreading processes in ancient and modern societies. In 2022, Nataša Conrad was elected to be a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute.

Kate Elswit is author of the award-winning books Watching Weimar Dance (2014) and Theatre & Dance (2018). For the past decade, she has been collaborating with Harmony Bench on projects to bring dance history and the digital humanities into conversation, including the AHRC-funded projects Visceral Histories, Visual Arguments: Dance-Based Approaches to Data (2022-25) and Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry (2018-22), which won the 2021 ATHE-ASTR Award for Excellence in Digital Theatre and Performance Scholarship. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is now Professor of Performance and Technology and Head of Digital Research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. www.kateelswit.org

Annette Jael Lehmann is Professor for Culture and Media at the Institute for Theater Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has a strong inter- and cross-disciplinary focus in research and practice-based collaborations with various institutions in academia, art, and culture. In 2015, she was awarded a Senior Research and Teaching Stay at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and, in 2016-2017, was Global Humanities Senior Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. She is currently Principal Investigator (PI) at the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) in Berlin. Since 2019, she has been working as Principal Researcher (PR) in Research Area 2, ‘Travelling Matters’, within the ‘Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective’ Excellence Cluster (EXC) 2020 at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2019, she became Principle Investigator at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für Literaturwissenschaftliche Studien. Since October 2019, she is Head of the Seminar für Kultur- und Medienmanagement at the Institute for Theater Studies, FU Berlin. She is a senior affiliate at metaLAB(a)Harvard and the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University.

Amalia S. Levi is an archivist, historian, and cultural heritage professional working with the non-profit HeritEdge Connection. She is currently conducting doctoral research at Bonn University’s Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies on the community of enslaved in Jewish households in Barbados, looking into issues of archives and knowledge production. She has worked in numerous projects doing exhibits, as well as processing and digitizing archival collections. She has Master’s degrees in History; Library Science and Archives; and Museum Studies. Her research focuses on ‘unearthing’ marginalized people, who are usually invisible in archives, by weaving together different types of information to go beyond archival documents.
Profile: https://hcommons.org/members/amaliasl/
Twitter: @amaliasl

Christopher Ohge is an educator, writer, and scholarly editor. Ohge received a PhD from Boston University and was supervised by the literary critic and editor Professor Sir Christopher Ricks. Ohge has held postdoctoral fellowships and taught at the University of Maine, Boston University, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Ohge then served as an associate editor at the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2014–2017 and in 2017 moved to London to take up a lectureship at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Dr. Ohge’s role is Senior Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature at the Institute of English Studies and Digital Humanities Research Hub at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where Ohge has taught editing and book history courses on the London Rare Books School since 2018. Also serving as a core faculty member of e-Laboratories, Ohge is within this initiative working on the Fundamentals of Editing Course (formerly known as the Institute for Editing Historical Documents, or “Camp Edit”), set to be released in summer 2023. Ohge’s research focuses on textual scholarship, computation, and creative and critical methods for studying book history and literary texts, including as Associate Director of the Herman Melville Electronic Library and as contributor to Melville’s Marginalia Online as an associate editor. Ohge is also working to educate people on the environmental impact of digital research by coordinating the Green Digital Humanities Tool-kit group for the Digital Humanities Climate Coalition.

Magda Romanska is a Principal at Harvard metaLAB, and Professor of Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA, a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and the Chair of Transmedia Arts Seminar at Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, where she curates a series of lectures on transmediality. 

Daniil Skorinkin: “I am a programming literary scholar with a background in natural language processing. I code for literary scholars and literary scholarship projects (such as dracor.org) to accelerate the acquisition of new knowledge about literature and literary history. I have a Ph.D. in linguistics and literary studies, my thesis focused on the application of digital methods to the study of Russian literature (namely Leo Tolstoy). My research interests include stylometry, network analysis, and the use of NLP models and tools for humanistic research. I have 6 years of experience in teaching Digital Humanities, Computational Literary Studies, and Python Programming for Humanists. Before 24.02.2022 I worked for several years as an Associate Professor at the Humanities Faculty of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. Now I am a Digital Humanities coordinator at Uni Potsdam and work heavily on the DraCor project (dracor.org).”

Christian Stein studied German language and literature and computer science, earned a doctorate in literary studies and has since been working in the border area between the humanities and technical sciences. He is employed at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity and heads the Object Space Agency project. In the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Design, which was completed in 2019, he served as head of the research area Architectures of Knowledge with six research projects and is co-founder of gamelab.berlin, which deals with play as a cultural technique. In this context he has focused on the development of game prototypes in the field of museums and medicine. This includes the development of innovative museum games (e.g. game+ultra and Mein Objekt in Humboldt Forum ) and VR applications (e.g. Neurosurgery 360 and Kenya VR). In addition to his focus on games, he works on artificial and natural languages (semantic web and modeling) as well as an interdisciplinary theory of the interface, on which he is currently completing his habilitation project. 

Organiser Bios

Lindsey Drury researches dance and literary history as postdoc at the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities” (Freie Universität Berlin). At present, Drury is co-editing a special issue of the journal Interface Critique with Nina Tolksdorf. She works at the interface of performance studies, artistic research and history and holds a PhD in early modern studies (University of Kent / Freie Universität Berlin). She has received fellowships from Erasmus Mundus and the University of Utah as well as artist grants from Pioneer Works, the Nordic University, and the Queens Art Council. She lives in Berlin.

Tony Fisher is Reader in Theatre and Philosophy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Head of Research Strategy and Projects, as well as Deputy Director of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) responsible for training and cohort development. His books include Theatre and Governance in Britain 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State (2017), Foucault’s Theatres – edited with Kelina Gotman (2020) and, forthcoming in 2022, with Manchester University Press, The Aesthetic Exception: Essays on Art, Theatre and Politics.

Ramona Mosse is a Lecturer in Theatre Studies and currently the PI of the Viral Theatres-Project, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation and based at the Excellence Cluster “Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is a former fellow of the International Research Cluster Interweaving Performance Cultures at the FU Berlin and has taught also at Bard College Berlin, the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Barnard College and Columbia University, New York. Her research is focussed on the crossings between digital and environmental humanities in a theatre and performance context.
Her research focuses on the intersection of theatre and transmedia, including multiplatform dramaturgy, human/AI interaction in performance, and posthuman theatre and performance. She is also the Founder, Executive Director, and Editor-in-Chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the largest global digital theatre portal.