University of Basel

Gerhard Lauer is professor for digital humanities at the University of Basel. He has studied German literary studies and philosophy, wrote his PhD thesis on scholarship in exile and his second book on Jewish literature in the early modern age. At Göttingen he hold a chair for German literature and turned to experimental and computational literary studies.

In 2017 he changed to Basel, where computer-based methods, complemented by experimental methods, became his major field. The digital humanities lab at Basel University has a focus on issues of reading at the digital age and the correlation between reading and well-being.

Pianzola, F., Rebora, S., & Lauer, G. (2020). Wattpad as a resource for literary studies. Quantitative and qualitative examples of the importance of digital social reading and readers’ comments in the margins. PLOS ONE (January 15th).

Lauer, G. (2019). Über den Wert der exakten Geisteswissenschaften. Joas, H., & Noller, J. (Eds.). Geisteswissenschaften – was bleibt? Zwischen Theorie, Tradition und Transformation. Freiburg, München, 152-173

Hube, C., Fischer, F., Jäschke, R., Lauer, G., & Rosendahl Thomsen, M. (2017). World Literature according to Wikipedia: Introduction to a DBpedia-based framework. arXiv:1701.00991 [cs.IR].

Zhang, Y., & Lauer, G. (2015). How culture shapes the reading of fairy tales: A cross-cultural approach. Comparative Literature Studies 52(4), 663–681.

Riese, K., Bayer, M., Lauer, G., & Schacht, A. (2014). In the eye of the recipient. Pupillary responses to suspense in literary classics. The Scientific Study of Literature 4(2), 211–232.