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Digital Historical Research on Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Space


Edited By Dino Mujadzevic

As digital humanities in recent years have been taking roots in major international research centers, this edited volume consisting of ten papers including the introduction seeks to examine the current state of the digital/data-driven research in history and neighboring disciplines dealing with Southeast Europe as well as with the Ottoman Empire and to give an interdisciplinary impetus by bringing together international scholars working with various digital approaches. The included papers give a broad introduction into the field and follow various methods of digital analysis and visualization incorporating approaches like corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis,GIS (Geographic Information Systems), agent-based modelling, computationalstatistics etc.

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The papers published within this edited volume were prepared for the workshop a Data-Driven Research in the History of Southeast Europe and Turkey which was organized at the Center for the Mediterranean Studies of the Ruhr University Bochum in Bochum on 25-26 June 2015. The event was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Humboldt Foundation as well as to the Center for Mediterranean Studies and the Chair for the History of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey at the Ruhr University Bochum, especially Prof. Markus Koller, Dr. Nedim Zahirović and Victoria Junkernheinrich.

In addition to the papers contributed by the participants, I attempted to give a general introduction to the field of digital historical studies of Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Empire, accompanied with examples from literature and projects, but I also tried to give an outline of the general developments and trends in the wider field.

The publication of this edited volume would not have been possible without the kind help of Prof. Christian Voß (Humboldt University), the editor of the series Studies on Language and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe (Peter Lang), who finally provided me with opportunity and encouragement to finish and publish this long-overdue project within his series. The research stay at the Institute for Slavic and Hungarian Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2019-2010, sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, enabled me with necessary networking and...

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