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Anita Lucchesi

Anita 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 Academia.edu page. She also has a blog (Historiografia na rede) and a Twitter account (@alucchesi).


Aurélia Lafontaine

Aurélia Lafontaine est une chercheuse en formation doctorale à l’Université du Luxembourg où elle a intégré le Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) en octobre 2017.

Elle détient un Bachelier en Histoire de l’Université de Liège (Belgique), ainsi qu’un Master en Histoire européenne contemporaine de l’Université du Luxembourg. Son mémoire de master portait sur le rôle joué par le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg aux origines de l’Organisation du Traité de l’Atlantique Nord entre 1948 et 1953.

La passion pour les relations internationales entretenues par les petites puissances se traduit dans ses recherches actuelles qui se focalisent sur l’histoire du service postal grand-ducal. Outre une thèse dédiée au rôle des experts techniques de cette administration des postes et des télécommunications dans les organes internationaux, le projet vise l’élaboration d’une exposition virtuelle illustrant l’évolution de l’institution entre 1842 et 2017.

Directeur de thèse : Prof. Dr Andreas Fickers (C2DH)

Membres du Comité d’encadrement de thèse : Dr Stefan Krebs (C2DH), Prof. Dr Pascal Griset (Paris IV – Sorbonne)

De plus amples informations peuvent être consultées sur son profil institutionnel.

Contact : aurelia.lafontaine@uni.lu


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 Academia.edu page and LinkedIn profile. He also has a Twitter account (@faspiri) and can be contacted by mail (fabio.spirinelli@uni.lu).

Jessica Burton

Jessica Burton is a PhD research at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) in Luxembourg, working on the Popkult60 project, and analysing a Europeanisation of the comics industry in the 1960s. She specialises in Comic Studies, and obtained her Masters in the subject from the University of Dundee in 2014. She also completed a Bachelors with Honours in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris in 2013.

Jessica has also worked in the field of comics production, most notably as an Editor for the UK’s primary publisher, Titan Comics, where she edited titles such as Doctor Who.


Max Kemman

Max 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 assistant-doctorant à l’Université du Luxembourg, au sein du C²DH, le 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. Richard a fait partie du comité éditorial de Docteuropa pour la période 2017-2018.

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