The project on “The Theory and Practice of Explanatory Annotation in the Digital Humanities” was initiated by Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker in 2011 as a student and peer-learning project; the research project has developed since then. They both teach English Literature at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen (Germany). The project team comprises three doctoral students (Leonie Kirchhoff, Sandra Wetzel, Timo Stösser) and a number of peer mentors (currently Svenja Brank, Hannah Braun, and Sophia Smolinski).


Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Project supervisor

Matthias Bauer is Professor of English Literature at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. His fields of teaching and research comprise early modern English literature, nineteenth century literature, and a number of systematic questions. Thus he is the chair of the Graduate Research Training Group (RTG 1808) on Ambiguity: Production and Perception, and co-chairs project A2 on “Interpretability in Context” in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 833) on the Construction of Meaning. He is the co-founder and -editor of Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate and one of the initiators of the Annotating Literature Project, with which he connects his interest in methods of enhancing the understanding of literary texts. For more information and his publication list, please visit his homepage at Tübingen University.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer

Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker

Project supervisor

Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker is an assistant professor of English with a focus on early modern literature and nineteenth century studies. She is one of the initiators of the Annotating Literature project and involved in various interdisciplinary research projects at Tübingen University, among them the RTG 1808 on Ambiguity: Production and Perception and project A2 “Interpretability in Context” of SFB 833. She is furthermore one of the co-editors of Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate. In the Annotating Literature project she aims at linking her various research interest in both teaching and research. For more information and her publication list, please visit her homepage at Tübingen University.

 PD Dr. Angelika Zirker

Leonie Kirchhoff, M.A.

Project assistant

Leonie Kirchhoff’s doctoral thesis is concerned with annotating metaphysical poetry, with special focus on annotating as a didactic method in university seminars. She is a member of the Tübingen School of Education (TüSE) and teaches for the English department at  Tübingen University.

Sandra Wetzel, M.Ed./M.A.

Project assistant

Sandra Wetzel is a doctoral student at the CRC1391: Different Aesthetics (Tübingen University), writing her PhD thesis on co-creativity in early modern English prefaces and dedications. In her project, she also works with digital methods as heuristic tool for text analysis.

Timo Stösser, M.A.

Project assistant

Timo Stösser writes his doctoral thesis in the research project. It is concerned with the hermeneutics of digital literary annotation and how they manifest themselves as a qualitative approach to Digital Literary Studies. He teaches for the English department at Tübingen University. He also administrates the online edition of Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate.

Student annotation groups

The current peer mentors for the project’s student annotation groups are:

  • Sophia Smolinski (student annotation group for poetry)
  • Hannah Braun (student annotation group for Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle)
  • Svenja Brank (student annotation group for Charles Dickens’ The Chimes)

Former project assistants:

  • Miriam Lahrsow

Former peer mentors:

  • Susanne Riecker
  • Lisa Ebert
  • Lena Moltenbrey
  • Maximilian Faul
  • Johannes Krickl
  • Jens Theessen
  • Miriam Lahrsow
  • Jessica Schuchert
  • Natalia Christoforou
  • Lara Täuber
  • Sontje Schulenburg
  • Yasemin Caglar
  • Valerie Niedenführ
  • Sandra Wetzel