University of Luxembourg

Anita Lucchesi

anita-lucchesiAnita Lucchesi is a PhD Candidate in Digital and Public History at the University of Luxembourg, with a project supported by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg (AFR-FNR PhD Grant, PhD project retained for funding from 2015 to 2018). Master in Comparative History by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a degree in History by the same University. Anita’s Bachelors Monograph on the relationship between History and New Media won a prize from the Brazilian  Society for Theory and History of Historiography has been published as an eBook. Her Master Thesis compared the developments of Digital history/Digital Historiography in Italy and United States between 2001-2011. In Luxembourg, she is doing a digital public history project on Italian and Portuguese memories in Grand Duchy.

Main research interests: public history, digital history, oral history, historiography, migration history, transnationalism, memory studies.

Current project: Shaping a digital memory platform on migration narratives: a public history project on Italian and Portuguese migration memories in Luxembourg (see details).

Supervisor: Prof. Andreas Fickers (Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)

For more information, check out her institutional profile or her page. She also has a blog (Historiografia na rede) and a Twitter account (@alucchesi).


Benjamin Zenner

Benjamin Zenner is a PhD Candidate in Banking and Financial History at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (University of Luxembourg). He holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary European History from the University of Luxembourg.

His current research focuses on the history of the supervising authorities of the Luxembourg financial centre and on the relationship between the financial sector and the state. The preliminary timeframe for his study extends from the 1930s until the 1980s.

Main supervisor: Ass.-Prof. Dr Benoît Majerus (C²DH)

Other supervisors: Dr Frédéric Clavert (C²DH)Prof. Dr Catherine Schenk (University of Oxford)

Fabio Spirinelli

Fabio Spirinelli is a PhD candidate at the University of Luxembourg, where he got his Bachelor’s degree in history in 2012. After his Bachelor, Fabio studied cinema and performing arts at the University of Liège (Belgium) and completed his Master in European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg in 2016. His personal interest in social history, culture and public policies, as well as his previous studies inspired him for writing a master thesis on the history of cultural policy in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg from 1945 to 2015, awarded best master thesis in European contemporary history at the University of Luxembourg in 2016. As a doctoral candidate at the C²DH since November 2016, he continues his research on cultural policy and is more specifically interested in the evolution of discourses and the roles of the various actors in the cultural policy field.


Main research interests: Social and political history, cultural policies, cultural institutions, media history

Supervisor: Prof. Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)

For more information, check out his page and LinkedIn profile. He also has a Twitter account (@faspiri) and can be contacted by mail (

Max Kemman

4d61782e4b656d6d616e4b454d4d4d4133313830Max Kemman is a PhD student at University of Luxembourg specialised in scholarly use of digital research tools. His main interests are the use of these tools and how they can be improved to enhance scholarly practices, focusing on the user requirements and usability of digital research tools. This research has thus far been conducted within research projects developing research systems for several types of datasets; audiovisual archives (AXES, FP7), oral history collections (Oral History Today, CLARIAH) and linked data of political debates (Talk of Europe, CLARIN) linked with media coverage (PoliMedia, CLARIN). Since November 2014 Max Kemman conducts a PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Fickers focusing on the methodological and epistemological consequences of Digital History.

Main research interest: digital history, digital research tool, digital archive, science and technology studies, online search.

Current project: Digital History as Trading Zone (see details)

Supervisor: Prof. Andreas Fickers (Centre for Contemporary and Digital History)

For more information, check out his institutional profile. He also has a personal blog and a Twitter account (@MaxKemman).

Richard Legay

Richard Legay est chercheur en formation doctorale à l’Université du Luxembourg, au sein du Centre for Contemporary and Digital History. Ses recherches portent sur l’histoire transnationale de la culture populaire et des radios périphériques en Europe dans les années 60, sous la direction d’Andreas Fickers. Il est titulaire d’un Master en Histoire Européenne Contemporaine de l’Université du Luxembourg et d’un M.Phil in Public History & Cultural Heritage du Trinity College Dublin.

Principaux domaines de recherche: Histoire contemporaine, Histoire des médias, Public History, Histoire culturelle

Pour plus d’informations, consultez son profil institutionnel. Il est aussi sur Twitter (@LegayRichard)

Vitus Sproten

Vitus Sproten ist Doktorand an der Universität Luxemburg. Er studierte Geschichts- und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität Trier und Geschichtswissenschaften an der Universität Lüttich. In seiner Masterarbeit analysierte er den massenmedialen Diskurs über die Autonomiebestrebungen der deutschsprachigen Belgier (1965-1974).
Seit November 2016 arbeitet Sproten als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter für das Zentrum für Regionalgeschichte in der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens. Seit März 2017 ist er Doktorand an der Universität Luxemburg. Sproten wird in seiner Doktorarbeit unter Anleitung von Prof. Andreas Fickers den medialen, popkulturellen Austausch zwischen den Städten Lüttich, Maastricht und Aachen bzw. der Großregion zwischen Maas und Rhein untersuchen. Ebenfalls arbeitet er seit 2014 als freiwilliger Mitarbeiter für die Belgischen Staatsarchive.

Forschungsschwerpunkte: Grenzgeschichte, Archivwissenschaften, Mediengeschichte, Geschichte regionaler Bewegungen, Regionalgeschichte