Interview with German Comics-Website

Here, somewhat belatedly, is the link to an interview that Alexander Dunst gave a few months ago to the German comics website The website is run by Christian Maiwald, who works in publishing, and is a wonderful source of news for all things related to comics. Here’s the link to the interview (in German), which explains some of the methodological approaches of our research group and how the project relates to the digital humanities and comics scholarship more broadly:

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Pictures from Masterclass with Lev Manovich

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Here are a few pictures from the masterclass on “Cultural Analytics” that Lev Manovich (CUNY) gave on 23 September at the University of Potsdam. The workshop, which was attended by academics and activists from all over Germany, was the second such organized as part of our research group, a series of events we hope to continue next year. Manovich’s presentation focused on visualization techniques for large cultural collections of visual data, among them paintings, photographs, and comics, as well as the principles underlying his approach. The slides for his presentation can be found at: Thanks to Lev for an inspiring talk and everyone for questions and discussion!

Masterclass on Cultural Analytics with Lev Manovich

Date: 23 September 2015, 10am-5pm, University of Potsdam

To sign up for the workshop, please contact Jochen Laubrock at: Participation is free but will be limited to 20 seats, so please register early.

Lev Manovich is Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and founder and director of the Software Studies Initiative. In 2014 he was included in The Verge’s list of the 50 “most interesting people building the future”. He is well known for the automated exploration, analysis, and visualization of big image data, as exemplified in the “One million manga pages” or “Selfiecity” projects. Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury, 2013), Black Box – White Cube (Merve, 2005), Soft Cinema (MIT Press, 2005), The Language of the New Media (MIT Press, 2001), Metamediji (Belgrade, 2001), Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as over 120 articles which have been published in 30 countries and reprinted over 450 times. He is also one of the editors of the Software Studies book series (MIT Press) and Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Science (Springer).

Workshop “Empirical Approaches to Comics”

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On 20 September 2014 the one-day international workshop “Empirical Approaches to Comics” took place at Literaturwerkstatt Berlin. This was the first of a series of regular workshops (and a final three-day conference) the research group is planning for the coming years. The speakers were: Neil Cohn (UC San Diego), Alexander Dunst and Rita Hartel (Paderborn), Jochen Laubrock (Potsdam), Karin Kukkonen (Turku), Tim Smith (Birkbeck), and John Walsh (Indiana).

The workshop closed with a round-table discussion chaired by Martin Fischer (Potsdam). You can find an in-depth report on the workshop, written by comics scholar and publisher Christian Bachmann for the German Society of Comics Studies here (in German):

A short summary of the report can also be found on