May 24, 2016

Collaborative research projects

PRIDE Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) on “Digital History & Hermeneutics”

copy-computing_cropped2The Doctoral Training Unit “Digital History & Hermeneutics” (DHH) is a four-year interdisciplinary research and training program funded by the Fonds National de Recherche (FNR). It is designed as a space of experiment in which different communities of practice and epistemic cultures – consisting of historians, philosophers, computer scientists, geographers, information and data scientists as well as experts in human-computer interaction – negotiate new forms of knowledge production in the field of digital history and humanities.
The DTU is built on the concept of “digital hermeneutics”, defined as a critical and self-reflexive use of digital tools and technologies for the development of new research questions, the testing of analytical assumptions, and the production of sophisticated scientific interpretations. Based on 8 thematic axes and a set of fundamental questions, the DTU offers a training environment for 11 PhD students and 1 Post-Doc. In collaboration with a multitude of national and international partners, the DTU will organize a multitude of collaborative teaching and research activities in close collaboration with the Doctoral Schools of IPSE and FSTC.
For more information on the Doctoral Training Unit please see the full proposal of the DHH application or contact the DTU head (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers).

For  a detailed description of the proposal, please download the PDF version.

Radio Luxembourg: The Virtual Exhibition

Bio-Junglinster-1The virtual exhibition of the history of Radio Luxembourg / RTL is the result of a research seminar at the University of Luxembourg, curated by students of the Master in Contemporary European History under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Fickers.

Did you know that the history of Radio Luxembourg goes back to the 1920? It was in 1923 when the Ahnen brothers started the first experimental radio station in Luxembourg. In 1930, the state granted an exclusive license for radio broadcasting to the Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Radiodiffusion (CLR), which was to become the Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT) in 1954 and ultimately RTL Group.

We invite you to explore this fascinating history on the H-Europe blog, which is curated by the Master students themselves. The main exhibition paths are as follow:

  • a collection of so-called ‘biographies, short research based stories exploring important structures and events of Luxembourgish broadcasting history with rich references to textual, sonic and audiovisual sources.
  • a series of ‘storymaps, experimenting with new ways of visualising the spatial dimension of broadcasting history
  • a corpus of oral history interviews, exclusively produced by the students for the purpose of adding living memories to the exhibition project.
  • a timeline, presenting a chronological overview of a century of important events in the political, economic, technical and cultural history of radio and television in Luxembourg

The project could only be realised thanks to the support of RTL Group  and the Media Lab of FLSHASE / UL. We are especially grateful for the advice of David Dominguez Muller (archivist at RTL Group), the team of curators / archivists at the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CNA) and Sascha Helsper (Media Lab / UL).

Wikipedia: Benelux Education Program/University of Luxembourg


Since 2011 multiple activities have taken place, involving a collaboration between editors of Wikipedia and the University of Luxembourg. Check out the following links for Wikipedia pages for a better overview of what activities are held within/with the university, which are part of the Wikipedia Education Program.



  • spring 2011 – around 10 biographies of historians written as part of the lecture Historiographies at the History Department   (documentation)


  • spring 2012 – around 10 biographies of historians written as part of the lecture Historiographies at the History Department   (documentation)


  • autumn 2014 – introduction to Wikipedia for 1st year history students   (documentation)


  • autumn 2015 – introduction to Wikipedia for 1st year history students   (documentation)


  • Autumn 2016 – introduction to Wikipedia for 5th year/2nd year master students   (documentation)