This blog keeps track of publications, projects, papers, presentations etc. that are relevant to Joris van Zundert’s curriculum vitae. It also serves as the occasional outlet for his thoughts on digital and computational humanities.
About Joris van Zundert
Drs. Joris J. van Zundert (1972) is a senior researcher and developer in humanities computing. He holds a research position in the department of literary studies at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands, a research institute of The Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His main research interest is in computational algorithms for the analysis of literary and historic texts, and the nature and properties of humanities information and data modeling. His current research focuses on the interaction between research software engineering and humanities interaction, specifically the tensions between hermeneutics and ‘big data’ approaches. His computational analytic work focuses on the correlation between text immanent features of texts and sociological processes around the concept of literature. However, he also keeps himself occupied with computational approaches to stemmatology, narratology, and scholarly editions.
A Short Bio
Joris van Zundert was attracted to the Huygens Institute in 2005 to form a digital humanities research and development group. Subsequently he headed the ‘Digital Humanities Software R&D Team’ from 2006 until 2009. Between 2009 and 2012 he was the appointed project manager of the Royal Academy’s Alphalab project—a cooperative project by six Royal Academy institutes to determine the requirements of a digital infrastructure for humanities and to explore and test drive the possibilities of computational humanities for that field. In 2007 he also became Chair of the European funded Interedition project, which grew into a European/US initiative to foster interoperability and collaboration in tool development for digital textual scholarship. In 2012 he was added to the management team of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and became responsible for the 3 year Methodology research programme aimed at integrating suitable digital tools and techniques into the humanities methodological approaches. Since 2016 he is full senior researcher in the department of Literary Studies of the same institute.
Joris van Zundert studied Dutch literature and linguistics at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and specialized in historical literature. He graduated on the adaptation of the Dutch medieval romance or fable Of Reynaert the Fox for an animation screenplay. (On Reynard see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynard). In a commercial venture he produced several successful digital publications and corporate web sites. He was employed as coordinator of IT operations at WeTeN, a Dutch governmental supported foundation for the popularization of science. He moved on to become an expert of IT applications in the humanities at the department of history of the meanwhile dissolved Dutch Institute for Scientific Information Technology Services (NIWI – KNAW). Subsequently he was employed as scholar and IT expert at the department of Dutch Literature and Linguistics at the same institute.
Joris van Zundert was born in Goirle and during his youth and adolescence lived in Tilburg in the south of the Netherlands. He has a deep interest in computing, medieval history and in literature. He has a disaffection of all procedures, authority and organizational structures that inhibited curious exploration, creative thinking, and pragmatic innovation. He is fond of literature, art, music, and movies that surprise and venture beyond the comfort zone, yet is also a great admirer of mindless brain candy and soccer. He’s a slow but devoted ice skater, an interested and acceptable cook, a cognoscente of red wine, a reasonable archer on the recurve bow. He travels many a place, yet finds himself returning to Bolsena, Italy most every summer to read, eat, drink and swim. He collects trivia regarding foxes. He is married, and has the best daughter in the world (make 2004). He lives in the village of Maarssen, near Utrecht, in the Netherlands.