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Jana Keck

Academic Staff, Oceanic Exchanges (DFG)
Institute of Literary Studies
American Literature and Culture

Contact

+49 711 685-83090

Keplerstr. 17
70174 Stuttgart
Room: 10.21

Office Hours

until 31.08.2020 by appointment

Jana Keck studied English and Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2017 she works with an international team in the DFG-funded research project “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914,” which examines the global connectedness of C19 newspapers. In her own research and teaching, Jana Keck is particularly interested in C19 (German-)American Literature and Culture, Periodical Studies and Digital Humanities. Her PhD-project investigates multimodal viral phenomena in America’s C19 German-language press. She uses digitized German-language newspapers (Chronicling America) and develops a computational framework to detect texts, which went viral across states and decades. The aim of this project is not only to enhance advanced search and discovery functionalities of the digital archive by classifying reprinted texts into genres but to unveil that the German-language newspapers textualized more than reports on current events. Specifically, the objective is to illustrate how texts – from hard news to poems – spread across states and decades and how these narratives constructed and preserved a German identity in the U.S.

Fields of Study
C19 (German-)American Literature and Culture, C19 German Migration to the United States of America, Digital Humanities, Periodical Studies

Academic Career

2017–present

Research Assistant, Institute of Literary Studies, Dept. American Literature & Culture

2012–2017

Tutor, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Literary Studies, Dept. American Literature and Culture/Institute of Linguistics, Dept. English

Research Projects/Center Affiliations

2017–present

Doctoral Researcher/Project Manager, Oceanic Exchanges, Tracing Global Information Networks in Historic Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (DFG), University of Stuttgart, Institute of Literary Studies, Dept. American Literature and Culture, PIs: Prof. Dr. Marc Priewe, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Padó, Dr. Steffen Koch

2017–present

Fellow, CRETA/Center for Reflected Text Analytics (BMBF), University of Stuttgart, October 2018-present

2016–2017

Student Researcher, Modeling Control Theory (DFG), University of Stuttgart, Institute of Linguistics, Dept. English, PIs: Prof. Dr. Artemis Alexiadou, Dr. Silke Fischer

2016

Student Researcher, Wo Geist Schafft: Berufsfelder für GeisteswissenschaftlerInnen, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Literary Studies, Dept. American Literature and Culture

Internship

2016

German-American Center/James-F.-Byrnes Institute (DAZ)

Education

2017–present

Ph.D. American Studies, Thesis Title: “Text Mining America’s German-Language Newspapers, 1840-1914: Processing Germanness,” University of Stuttgart, (in progress)

2017

M.A. English, Thesis Title: “Gottfried Duden’s Bericht über eine Reise nach den westlichen Staaten Nordamerikas (1829) and Its Emigration Stimulus,” University of Stuttgart

2014

B.A. English/Linguistics, Thesis Title: “Mental Disorders in American Literature: A Comparison of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-Paper” and Marya Hornbacher’s Madness: A Bipolar Life,” University of Stuttgart

2010

Cambridge First Certificate, Cambridge ESOL Entry Level 2, Brooklands College

2009

German High School Diploma (Abitur)

 

2019–present

Member of the Academic Advisory Group of the State Library Berlin (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation)

2019

Member/Minutes Writer, Appointment Committee for the Professorship (W3) in English Linguistics, University of Stuttgart

2019

PhD-Representative, EXU On-Site-Visit, University of Stuttgart’s Excellence Strategy, Profile Area Digital Humanities, University of Stuttgart

2016

Student Member, Appointment Committee for the Professorship (W3) in English Linguistics, University of Stuttgart
 

SS 2020

Traveling Twain, Case Studies of Key Texts II (Survey of American Literature II)

WS 2019/20

Introduction to English and American Studies, Case Studies of Key Texts I (Survey of American Literature I)

SS 2019

Case Studies of Key Texts II (Survey of American Literature II)

WS 2018/19

Introduction to English and American Studies

SS 2018

American Immigrant Literature

 

Articles in Refereed Journals
Franke, Max. Markus John, Moritz Knabben, Jana Keck, Tanja Blascheck and Steffen Koch. "LilyPads: Exploring the Spatiotemporal Dissemination of Historical Newspaper Articles." In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications. Valletta, Malta, 2020.  (Best Student Paper Certificate)

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings
Oiva, Mila, Asko Nivala, Hannu Salmi, Otto Latva, Marja Jalava, Jana Keck, Laura Martínez Domínguez, James Parker. “Spreading News in 1904. The Media Coverage of Nikolay Bobrikov’s Shooting.” In:  Media History, vol. 25, no. 3, 2019. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2019.1652090

Under Review or In Progress
Keck, Jana, Mila Oiva, and Paul Fyfe. “Lajos Kossuth and the International Press System” (in progress)

Verheul, Jaap, Hannu Salmi, Martin Riedl, Asko Nivala, Lorella Viola, Jana Keck and Emily Bell. “ Using word vector models to trace conceptual change over time and space in historical newspapers, 1840-1914,” Digital Humanities Quarterly (under review)

Invited Lectures and Presentations
“Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914,” with Marc Priewe, CRETA-Werkstatt #9, University of Stuttgart. 17-18 February 2020

“Oceanic Exchanges: Newspaper Corpora and Networks,” virtual with Paul Fyfe, FSU Digital Scholars https://digitalscholars.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/oceanic-exchanges-newspaper-corpora-and-networks/, Florida State University, 5 February

“Mining German-Language Newspaper Repositories,” Digital Humanities Lecture Series WS 2019/2020, University of Stuttgart, 15 January 2020

“Digging into America’s 19th-Century German-Language Newspapers with Text Reuse and Word Vector Models,” Digillu-Workshop: Zusammenstellung und Erschließung von Korpusdaten, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 25-26 November 2019

“Visualisation for Newspapers Corpus Exploration across Time and Space,” with Moritz Knabben, Impresso-Talk, University of Luxemburg, 29 October 2019

“Auswanderung nach Amerika im 19. Jahrhundert in deutschen Zeitungen in den USA,” Klausurkolloquium des Lehrstuhls für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Mannheim und des Lehrstuhls für Amerikanische Geschichte der Universität Heidelberg, Evangelische Tagungsstätte Löwenstein, 24-25 October 2019

“Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks In Historic Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914,” Digitizing Heritage, University of Heidelberg, 30 September-1 October 2019

“Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historic Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914,” Digital Humanities Lecture Series WS 2018/2019, University of Stuttgart, 5 December 2018

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers
“The Nineteenth-Century Digitized German and German-American Press: Negotiating Slavery in a Transatlantic Context,” Transnational Periodical Cultures: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Mainz, 29-31 January 2020

Panels and Workshops
“What’s in the news? (Erfolgs-)Rezepte für das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten mit digitalisierten Zeitungen,“ with Estelle Bunout, Marten Düring, Torsten Roeder, Sarah Oberbichler, Lino Wehrheim and Bernhard Liebl, DHd 2020, University of Paderborn, 2-6 March 2020

“Oceanic Exchanges: Transnational Textual Migration And Viral Culture,” with Marc Priewe, Lorella Viola, Jaap Verheul, Moritz Knabben, Ernesto Priani Siasó, Hannu Salmi and Mila Oiva, DH 2019, University of Utrecht, 8-12 July 2019

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