Projects of Doctoral Students


The project Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL) integrates the two edition projects Basler Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB) and Leonhardi Euleri Opera Omnia (LEOO) into one digital platform available on the web. The Beta release of the platform is now Online: The dissertation was successfully completed in 2020.

Sepideh Alassi

Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, Prof. Dr. Robert Iliffe (University of Oxford) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer 

Rhythmisierungseffekt metrisch-regulärer, gereimter Sprache in psychophysiologischer Hinsicht

Judith Beck

Prof. Dr. Lars Konieczny (Universität Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl (Universität Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer.

Storytelling in Digital Space, new approaches for Digital Curation

Béatrice Gauvain
Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler.


Medienwährungen im Wandel: Geschichte der kontinuierlichen Nutzungsforschung elektronischer Medien in der Schweiz

Corinne Hügli-Baltzer

Prof. em. Dr. Neumann-Braun Klaus, Prof. Dr Lukas Rosenthaler. Medienwissenschaft, Universität Basel.


UX of immersive environments in cultural spaces

Shuran Yang is currently a Doctoral Student at the Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel. In 2012, she became a Lecturer at the Tibetan University of Nationalities, specializing in documentary and creative multimedia research and teaching. In 2021, Shuran Yang co-founded Maisten Technology Co Ltd, which provides augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technical support and solutions to commercial clients and research institutions. Her project experiences have made her emphasize the importance of immersive storytelling and user experience (UX) in immersive environments (such as AR, VR, and Metaverse). As a PhDcandidate in the Digital Humanities Lab, her research focuses on the UX of immersive environments in cultural spaces.

Research area:

  • Immersive Storytelling
  • User Experience
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer; Prof. Dr. Berenike Herrmann

Shuran Yang

Heterotopien des Krieges

The refugee camps of the Territorial Service 1939-1957. 

Catrina Langenegger

Prof. Dr. Erik Petry, Prof Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler. Basel Graduate School of History, Universität Basel.

Enacting possible selves through fictional worlds: an empirical inquiry into contemporary reading practices

This study is part of a larger European network, namely ELIT (The Empirical Study of Literature training Network). In this context, Cristina is an early-stage researcher investigating the effects that reading fiction has our lives in terms on the so called “sense of possibility”. The aim of her doctoral dissertation is twofold: identifying what kinds of self-modifying feelings are elicited by text-based fictional worlds, and examining how individual differences influence the way readers respond to the theme of counterfactuality in fiction.

Cristina Loi

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer (University of Basel), Prof. Anne Mangen (University of Stavanger), Dr. Moniek Kuijpers (University of Basel)

Digital Imaging in Cultural Heritage Preservation

Marian Clemens Manz
Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, Prof. Dr. Karolina Soppa (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe

The edition includes not only all the works Webern himself had forwarded to be printed but also their unpublished variants. It also includes compositions that were never made public in his lifetime, works from his youth and student years, as well as fragments, sketches, arrangements and revisions of his and other scores. Musikwissenschaft, Universität Basel.

Stefan Münnich

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler

Mash it up! Intermediale Praktiken im Wandel der digitalen Referenzkultur

Cristina Pileggi

Prof. Dr. Klaus Neumann-Braun, Prof. Dr. Rosenthaler Lukas. Medienwissenschaft, Universität Basel.

Linked Open Usable Data for Cultural Heritage: Perspectives on Community Practices and Semantic Interoperability

In the present study, two research axes or perspectives have been identified to investigate Linked Open Usable Data (LOUD) for Cultural Heritage, the first axis focusing on community practices, i.e. assessing the mechanisms by which organisations, individuals and apparatuses are entangled in consensus-making, and the second on semantic interoperability, i.e. how to make data meaningful to machines in a standardised and interoperable manner. Examples of LOUD standards are the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) - especially the IIIF Presentation API 3.0, Linked Art and the W3C Web Annotation Data Model. The thesis is grounded as part of the Participatory Knowledge Practices in Analogue and Digital Image Archives (PIA) research project, which aims to develop a Citizen Science platform around three photographic collections of the Swiss Society for Folklore Studies (SSFS). The theoretical framework of the thesis is situated through and beyond an Actor-Network Theory (ANT) lens. 

Julien A. Raemy

Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber, Dr. Robert Sanderson (Yale University)

Learning history through Play? (working title)

Digital games are one of the most influential media genre of the 21st century. They create awareness for historical topics that are rarely covered in regular history class. With Discovery Tour, the studio Ubisoft has recently presented a game series specifically designed for educational purposes.

The study focuses on the empirical analysis of the effect of engagement with representations of the past. Is the historical content best conveyed by the digital game or can greater learning effects be observed with traditional media? The project aims to provide exemplary insights into a potential future of digital games in historical education.

Marvin Rees

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer, Prof. Dr. Marko Demantowsky

"Narrenfreiheit" with Tradition. The Schnitzelbänke of the UNESCO Basler Fasnacht as a mirror of social change.

The dissertation is dedicated to the question of (local) social changes and to what extent these are reflected in the Schnitzelbänke of the UNESCO Basel Fasnacht . The focus is on politics, the role of women, the military, sport, the economy, Basel's self-image and religion.


Christian Weber