Asymmetrical Encounters Team


Joris van Eijnatten (PL)

As a cultural historian at Utrecht University, Joris van Eijnatten works on various interrelated fields, including the history of ideas, religion, media and communication. His current research in digital humanities involves the concepts of ‘Europe’  and ‘modernity’ in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Joris van Eijnatten is an editor of the open-access journal HCM, the International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity.


Caroline Sporleder (PI-2)

Caroline Sporleder is a professor of Digital Humanities at Göttingen University with a background in Computational Linguistics and, in an earlier life, History. Her research interests lie at the intersection of language processing and the Humanities, with a particularly focus on the development of statistical models for (deep) semantic text analysis. She is the president of the Association of Computational Linguistics’ Special Interest Group on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (ACL-SIGHUM) and a co-founder of the workshop series on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH).


Ulrich Tiedau (PI-3)

Ulrich Tiedau is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Dutch at University College London (UCL) and an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. He is also serving as editor in chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies and co-convenor of the Low Countries History research seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research, London.

Toine Pieters (project manager)

Prof.dr. Toine Pieters is director of the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (FI)  and Professor of the History of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences at Utrecht University. He has published extensively on the history of pharmacy and allied sciences, digital humanities, pharmacology and addiction research. He is project leader and research coordinator of multiple projects in the fields of digital humanities and history of drugs and addiction.

Jaap Verheul (project manager)

Dr. Jaap Verheul is associate professor of cultural history and director of the American Studies program at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has published on American, Dutch and transatlantic cultural history and his current research interest is in American perceptions of Europe. He coordinates the digital humanties research project: Translantis:  The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990 ( and the HERA-funded project Asymmetrical Encounters: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815-1992 ( He is also applicant and project leader of a number of NLeSc-funded digital humanities research projects, such as Facilitating and supporting large-scale text mining in the field of Digital Humanities (Texcavator) in 2014 and Mining Shifting Concepts through Time (ShiCo): Word Vector Text Mining Change and Continuity in Conceptual History in 2015.


Mariona Coll Ardanuy

Mariona Coll Ardanuy is a PhD student at the University of GÖttingen. She is interested in text mining. She studied Translation and Linguistics in Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and in 2013 obtained her M.Sc. degree in Language Science and Technology in Saarland University.

Andrei Beliankou

Andrei Beliankou is researcher and escience engineer at the University of Trier. He works with data expressed in natural language with symbolic and statistical methods.

Jürgen Knauth

Jürgen Knauth is PhD student and e-science engineer at the Digital Humanities section of the University of Göttingen.


Maarten van den Bos

Maarten van den Bos studied history in Nijmegen and Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in 2012 at the University of Amsterdam on Longing for Renewal. Dutch Catholicism, 1953-2003. Last year, he published a monograph on the Dutch section of the international Catholic Pax Christi movement commissioned by the board of Pax Christi Netherlands. At the moment, he is post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University.


Hermione Giffard

Hermione Giffard is a post-doctoral researcher at Utrecht University. She is carrying out the sub-project that looks at the way in which consumption contributed to a European identity.

Tessa Hauswedell