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Reto Speck

Dr Reto Speck

Research Fellowreto speck

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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 King’s 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

Reto pursues his main research interests in the context of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project (see For EHRI he leads on the development of the EHRI Online Portal, an innovative research environment that provides access to information on Holocaust-related archival sources dispersed across Europe and beyond, and undertakes research on the digital transformation of archival thought and practices.

Selected publications

Tobias Blanke, Michael Bryant, Reto Speck et al., “The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Portal”, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 10(1), 2017,

Petra Links, Reto Speck and Veerle Vanden Daelen, “Who holds the key to Holocaust-related sources? Authorship as subjectivity in finding aids”, Holocaust Studies, 22(1), 1-23, 2016

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,

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,

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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