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Reto Speck

Dr Reto Speck

Research Fellow, Centre for e-Research

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Reto Speck received his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in April 2010, and his BA and MA from the University of Sussex, Brighton. Previous to his doctoral research, Reto worked for two years at the Arts and Humanities Data Service. He taught the history of political thought at Queen Mary, University of London, before joining CeRch in March 2011. Since April 2013, Reto also works as a Researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam.

Research Interests
  • Digital research infrastructures
  • The impact of the digital turn on archival theory and practice
  • The intellectual history of the European Enlightenment
Selected publications

Reto Speck, ‘Johann Gottfried Herder and Enlightenment Political Thought: From the Reform of Russia to the Anthropology of Bildung’, Modern Intellectual History, 11(1), (2014), 31-58.

Tobias Blanke, Reto Speck, et al., ‘The Past and the Future of Holocaust Research: From Disparate Sources to an Integrated European Holocaust Research Infrastructure’ in Neuroth, Heike et al. Evolution der Informationsinfrastruktur: Forschung und Entwicklung als Kooperation von Bibliothek und Fachwissenschaft, eds. A. Rapp et al. (Gluckstadt: University of Göttingen Press, 2014.

Mike Bryant, Linda Reijnhoudt, Reto Speck et al., ‘The EHRI Project: Virtual Collections Revisited,’ HistoInformatics 2014 – the 2nd International Workshop on Computational History, (2014).

Speck, Reto and Petra Links, ‘The Missing Voice: Archivists and Infrastructures for Humanities Research,’ International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 7(1-2), (2013), 128-46.

Speck, Reto, ‘Denis Diderot and Catherine II’s Reform Programme: From a New Hope to Terminal Despair’, Study Group of Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter (New Series), 1, 2013.

Research and teaching


Reto's research interests lie in the area of arts and humanities digital libraries, archives and research infrastructures. He currently works on the EHRI project, a pan-European undertaking to build an infrastructure dedicated to Holocaust scholarship. Within the EHRI consortium, Reto researches user requirements and contributes to the development of an integrated virtual research environment.



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