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Harald Kümmerle

Harald Kümmerle
History of Science, Digital Humanities
Since January 2020

Harald Kümmerle first studied mathematics and computer science at Munich Technical University, then Japanese studies and Japanese as a foreign language at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Keio University Tokyo. He obtained his doctoral degree in Japanese studies from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with a dissertation on the “Institutionalization of mathematics as a science in Meiji- and Taisho-era Japan”, which was based on research conducted during a stay as Visiting Researcher at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as well as a stay as Junior Visiting Research at Keio University Tokyo. At the German Institute for Japanese Studies, his research focuses on the discourse on the digital transformation in Japan, where the concept of data is of special interest for him. For this, he uses methods from the digital humanities, especially topic models.

Current DIJ Projects

The Digital Transformation of Science

History of mathematics in modern Japan

Conceptual history using digital methods

The discourse on the digital transformation in Japan: an analysis based on the concept of data