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Personal profile


Alexander started as a Senior Lecturer in Modern German History (with Digital Humanities) in the History division on 1 December 2014. He has a degree in computer science and a doctorate in history, both from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.

He was working in the software industry in Germany for many years, before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2007, where he became a Research Fellow in the geography department, acting as technical lead for the Vision of Britain website. In 2012 he was hired as Research Fellow for a digital humanities project with the Photographic History Research Centre at De Monfort University, Leicester. In 2014 he then worked as Research Associate on a project in Social Media analysis for the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital History/Humanities
  • Spatial History/Historical Geography
  • History of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • German History (C19 and C20)
  • British History (Victorian and Edwardian)
  • 20th century European history

Research Degree Supervision

Alexander is happy to supervise research degrees in the above areas. There are opportunities particularly on the history of the Holocaust, as he is on the academic advisory board of the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre that the Holocaust Survivor Friendship Association has set up in the university.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Spatial History
  • History of Nazi Germany
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Underwater Archaeology

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Research Output

Basteln, Tinkering and Bricolage: A Cultural History of Hacking

Von Lunen, A., 2019, Making Our World: The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context. Hunsinger, J. & Schrock, A. (eds.). New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, p. 153-170 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian

Von Lunen, A. (ed.), Lewis, K. J. (ed.), Litherland, B. (ed.) & Cullum, P. (ed.), 4 Sep 2019, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 294 p. (Routledge Approaches to History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Ye Olde FAQ: The Darklands Game, Immersiveness and Fan Fiction

    Von Lunen, A., 4 Sep 2019, Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian. von Lünen, A., Lewis, K. J., Litherland, B. & Cullum, P. (eds.). 1 ed. New York & Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 204-227 24 p. (Routledge Approaches to History).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Beuys don't cry: From social sculptures to social media

    Von Lunen, A., 2016, The digital arts and humanities: Neogeography, social media and big data integrations and applications. Travis, C. & Von Lunen, A. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 23-45 23 p. (Springer Geography).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Orit Halpern, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945

    Von Lünen, A., 16 Mar 2016, In : British Journal for the History of Science. 49, 01, p. 144-146 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review


    American Historical Review (Journal)

    Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)

    Aug 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Springer (Publisher)

    Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)

    Jun 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Digital Humanities 2020 (Event)

    Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)

    14 Nov 201914 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesConference Peer-review

    Journal of Spatial Science (Journal)

    Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)

    8 Aug 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Hansard at Huddersfield

    Alexander Von Lunen (Speaker)

    27 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Leni Riefenstahl: both feminist icon and fascist film-maker

    Alexander Von Lunen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Social media can assure in times of disaster -- much like radio in the 1920s

    Alexander Von Lunen


    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert Comment