Sytze Van Herck
Post-doctoral researcher Economic and Social History, Utrecht University
I am a post-doctoral researcher in economic and social history at Utrecht University. My research interests include socio-economic (in)equality and intersectionality. My areas of expertise are digital humanities, social history, gender studies, human-computer interaction, and museum studies.
Within the CLARIAH work package on socio-economic history we offer tools to expand research using structured data and Linked Data. I incorporate feedback from fellow historians to illustrate the use of our tools in historical research. We are also working on a dataset of the Dutch civil registry to support research into multidimensional inequality and its causes between 1812 and 1967. I am particularly interested in the influence of occupations on life expectancy.
I was part of the Doctoral Training Unit Digital History and Hermeneutics (DTU DHH) at the Centre for Contemporary Digital History (C2DH) of the University of Luxembourg. My PhD dissertation titled Re/constructing Computing Experiences. From "punch girls" in the 1940s to "computer boys" in the 1980straces the life cycle of five computing devices. My MSc Digital Humanities and MA History of KU Leuven lie at the heart of my interdisciplinary approach.