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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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Geographic information systems Engineering & Materials Science
GIS Earth & Environmental Sciences
history Earth & Environmental Sciences
Visualization Engineering & Materials Science
geographical knowledge Earth & Environmental Sciences
Monitoring Engineering & Materials Science
Search engines Engineering & Materials Science
Fans Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2006 2019

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

Joseph Beuys
Social Media
Social Sculpture

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

Activities 2003 2019

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

Association for Computers and the Humanities 2019 meeting (Event)

Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

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

Grant peer-reviewing

Alexander Von Lunen (Participant)
Dec 2018

Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

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