Legal History Meets Digital Humanities

Permanent Seminar on Methods, Resources and Theories


For several years at the Department Historical Regimes of Normativities of our Institute, various research groups and personal research projects have been actively integrating the methods offered by the Digital Humanities into their theoretical research perspectives and activities. The permanent seminar Legal History Meets Digital Humanities intends to provide a space for discussion and in-depth analysis of the numerous themes, techniques and challenges Digital Humanities offers to historical research, in particular to legal history.

At present, several areas of the digital humanities are essential for our projects, such as digital editions, big-data analysis, ontologies and taxonomies, authority databases, visualisation and mapping, graph and sql databases, metadata, digital narratives in social media, and others. We start from these areas for the seminar's organization, which reflects our experiences, challenges, and projects. Despite the wide variety of topics and historical periods covered, our projects share some common challenges, particularly the need to deal with historical data and sources and to reflect on how methods based on digital humanities impact current debates in the history of law. 

Seminar organisation

The seminar meets about six times a year, but other activities, such as workshops, project presentations, practical sessions, etc., are possible. All activities will be announced on this page and disseminated via the Institute's and projects' social accounts. All sessions take place in a hybrid format: in person at our Institute in Frankfurt and online. The language of the seminar is English.

The seminar is open to all interested persons, and no special preparation is necessary to participate, neither in digital humanities nor in legal history. If you have any questions, please contact us at the following e-mail address:



Modelling Social and Legal Facts in the Context of the Semantic Data for Humanities and Social Sciences (SDHSS) Ontology Ecosystem

  • Date: May 16, 2024
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Francesco Beretta
  • (CNRS/University of Lyon, France)
  • Location: mpilhlt & online
  • Room: Z01
  • Host: Polina Solonets
  • Contact:

Digital Longevity: Learnings from the (Digital) History Project Stadt.Geschichte.Basel

Legal History Meets Digital Humanities
  • Date: Dec 12, 2023
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Moritz Mähr (University of Basel)
  • Location: mpilhlt and online
  • Room: Z01
  • Host: Polina Solonets
  • Contact:

Social Network Analysis for Historians: Origins, Uses and Challenges

Legal History Meets Digital Humanities
  • Date: Nov 29, 2023
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Natalia Maillard Álvarez (Pablo de Olavide University)
  • Location: University of Trento (Palazzo Paolo Prodi) and online
  • Room: aula Targetti
  • Host: Polina Solonets, Manuela Bagagnolo
  • Contact:

Digital Narratives and Plurivocity: Regarding the Commemoration of October 12, 1492

Legal History Meets Digital Humanities. Permanent Seminar on Methods, Resources and Theories
  • Date: Oct 12, 2023
  • Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Andrés Burbano, Sebastián Vargas, Luis Tumiñá
  • Location: online
  • Host: Karla Escobar, Polina Solonets
  • Contact:
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Other activities

Events that are not regular seminar meetings, but still touch on topics of interest to seminar participants.

A millennial history in a digital world. Studies on the Papacy and the Roman Curia and the Digital Humanities

Roundtable Discussion
  • Date: Jun 26, 2023
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Benedetta Albani & Laura Pettinaroli (Ècole de Francaise Rome)
  • Location: Online
  • Host: Benedetta Albani
  • Contact:

Workshop ‘Non-State Law of Economy’ meets ‘HUB Global Labour Conflicts’

  • Date: Oct 6, 2023
  • Time: 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Turmcarrée
  • Host: Johanna Wolf, Polina Solonets
  • Contact:

Transkribus for Legal History Research

Legal History Meets Digital Humanities
  • Date: Nov 15, 2023
  • Time: 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Annemieke Romein
  • Location: mpilhlt
  • Room: Z01
  • Host: Polina Solonets, Andreas Wagner
  • Contact:
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