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Niels Brügger

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Niels Brügger
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Professor in Media Studies, Head of: the international researcher network WARCnet (2020-, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark | Humanities), the Centre for Digital Methods and Media (2020-), NetLab, part of the Danish Digital Humanities Lab (2014-), and the Centre for Internet Studies (2010-2021). Coordinator of the European network RESAW, a Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials. Co-founder and Managing editor of the international journal Internet histories: Digital technology, culture and society (2017-). Participates in the research projects ‘A history of online virality (HIVI)’ (2021-2024), the C²DH (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History), funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and ’AWAC2 — Analysing Web Archives of the COVID Crisis through the IIPC Novel Coronavirus dataset’ (2021-2022), the C²DH (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History), funded by the Archives Unleashed Cohorts Program.

Have initiated the research projects "Probing a Nation's Web Domain — the Historical Development of the Danish Web" (2014-) and "the history of dr.dk, 1996-2006" (2007-), and co-initiated the research infrastructure project NetLab (2012-17) within the Digital Humanities Lab. Latest books Oral Histories of the Internet and the Web (Eds. N. Brügger, G. Goggin) (Routledge, 2022), The historical web and digital humanities (Eds. N. Brügger, D. Laursen) (Routledge. 2019), The SAGE Handbook of Web History (Eds. N. Brügger, I. Milligan) (SAGE. 2019),  The Archived Web: Doing History in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2018).

Member of the Academia Europaea.

Metrics: 2,461 citations, h-index 25, i10-index 48 (Google Scholar, Sep 2023).


Research Interests

My primary research interests are the history of the Internet as a means of communication, and Digital Humanities, including archiving the Internet as well as the use of digital research tools.

My other research interest is media theory, the Internet, and the relation between the two with a view to (re)evaluating the status and relevance of existing media theories and methods.

Finally, to a lesser extent I spend time cultivating a long-time research interest: recent French philosophy, history of ideas, theories of culture, and epistemology. Of primary interest here are thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Jean-Francois Lyotard and Paul Virilio.


Teaching and supervision

At the undergraduate level, I teach media history as well as theoretical disciplines such as epistemology of the humanities and theories of media, culture and society. At the postgraduate level, I teach within my research areas.

I supervise PhD projects and Master's theses within my research and teaching areas.



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