Fellow Dr. phil. Jörg Lehmann

Dr. phil. Jörg Lehmann

University of Tübingen

  Fellow am CAIS von Oktober bis März 2022

The Tragedy of the Cultural Commons

This research project focuses on the use private companies make of digitized cultural heritage. It takes as its starting point the observation that the public sector invests considerable amounts of taxpayers’ money into digitization, while private corporations exploit these digital assets to maximize their profits. This situation is termed the “Tragedy of the Cultural Commons”, since despite conforming to current legal standards, its cultural legitimacy is challenged. The taken-for-granted approach to data that enables such exploitation is not fit for purpose and represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the impact of data practices on culture. By contrast, an understanding of cultural heritage as a cultural commons forms an appropriate mode of governance. The research project seeks to make a realistic assessment of big tech companies’ impact on the cultural sector, as well as to present the legal situation in which cultural heritage institutions involved in digitisation currently find themselves.

Main Research Topics
  • Digitization
  • cultural heritage
  • exploitation
  • legal situation
  • intellectual property rights
Curriculum Vitae
  • Until 07/2003 studies in historical science and comparative literature, Freie Universität Berlin, degree: Dr. phil.
  • 2011-2014 research associate Uni Stuttgart, chair of historical science
  • 2015-2016 research associate FU Berlin, chair of historical science, EU-Project CENDARI
  • 2017-2018 research associate FU Berlin, Institute of Social- and Cultural Anthropology, EU-Project KPLEX
  • since 2018 research associate at the Romanistic Seminar of the Universität Tübingen, Digital Humanities Coordinator
Lectures and Publications

Monographies:
La Débâcle. Kriegsliteratur in der Dritten Französischen Republik und die Autonomisierung des literarischen Feldes, Stuttgart 2014. DOI: 10.18419/opus-5393.
Imaginäre Schlachtfelder. Kriegsliteratur in der Weimarer Republik. Eine literatursoziologische Untersuchung, Phil. Diss. FU Berlin 2003,
http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000001060

Contributions as an editor:
Editor of the German version of: Dan Bar-On, Sami Adwan, Eyal Naveh / Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (Hg.), Die Geschichte des Anderen kennen lernen. Israel und Palästina im 20. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag 2015.
Editor, together with Wolfram Pyta, Krieg erzählen – Raconter la guerre. Darstellungsverfahren in Literatur und Historiographie nach den Kriegen von 1870/71 und 1914/18 (= Schriftenreihe des Internationalen Zentrums für Kultur- und Technikforschung (IZKT) der Universität Stuttgart, Bd.26), Berlin: LIT-Verlag 2014

Journal contributions:
Together with Jennifer Edmond, Digital humanities, knowledge complexity, and the five ‘aporias’ of digital research, in: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 05 June 2021. DOI: 10.1093/llc/fqab031.
Together with Hanno Ehrlicher, La recolección de datos como laboratorio epistemológico. Algunas reflexiones acerca del entorno virtual de investigación Revistas culturales 2.0, in: Dolores Romero López (ed.), Archivos, repositorios y bibliotecas digitales de la Edad de Plata. Signa. Revista de la Asociación Española de Semiótica, 30 (2021), S. 59–81. DOI: 10.5944/signa.vol30.2021.29298.