DigiKAR Project Seminar

This repository contains data and visualizations of early modern clerical biographies. These are the results from a project seminar on mobility in Kurmainz in the early modern period, which was conducted in the summer semester of 2022 at the Section for Modern History in the Department of History at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The data were collected by students of history in the context of this master's seminar. The foremost aim of the seminar was to train the students in working with historical sources and understanding ontological problems arising from researchers' attempts to structure and normalise biographic and spatial information. This website gives an insight into the joint work in the seminar, to the evaluated sources, methods and results.

The project seminar “Mobility in Kurmainz” contributed to the development and testing of models for digitally enhanced project-oriented teaching at the History Department of the JGU and was conceived within the framework of ModeLL-M (Mainz Models for Digitally Enhanced Teaching and Learning). The goal of ModeLL-M is to strengthen feedback, activation, self-controlling, and collaboration in student-centered teaching and learning through hybrid learning settings. In terms of content and methodology, the seminar is also embedded in the joint project “Digitale Kartenwerkstatt Altes Reich” (DigiKAR), which is funded by the Leibniz Association and in which JGU is participating. Therefore, in addition to the Historical Department, DigiKAR project partners were also involved in teaching. DigiKAR is a geohumanities project that experimentally visualizes spatial relations and mobility in the early modern Holy Roman Empire.


Teaching staff

Course coordination & historical content: Bettina Braun
Data collection & bibliography: Florian Stabel
Introduction “scientific cartography”: Jana Moser
Introduction “QGIS” & web design: Monika Barget

Participating students

Alina Buchal
Lara Beringer
Claudia Dorst Alonso
Julia Celine Jung
Lukas Theobald
Jana Unselt

Research support

DigiKAR project management: Constanze Buyken
Research data management: Fabian Cremer

Wenzel Hollar: St. Martinsdom in Mainz, pen drawing, 1632, photograph of original work by Stefan Volk, 2015, Wikimedia Commons