Dr. Milan van Lange
Milan van Lange’s research interests are at the intersection of war studies, contemporary history, the digitisation of historical archives, and innovation in research methodology, including the integration of computational research techniques, text mining, data analysis, statistics, and programming.
Milan studied History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and received his BA in 2013 and his MA (cum laude) in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, he worked as a research assistant for prof. dr. Ismee Tames on the integration of computational methods from the field of digital humanities in historical research at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.
From 2016 till 2021 Milan worked on his PhD research project ‘War and Emotions’ at the NIOD and Utrecht University. The project was supervised by prof. dr. Ismee Tames (Utrecht University and NIOD), prof. dr. Ralf Futselaar (Erasmus University and NIOD), and prof. dr. Yasuto Nakano (Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan). He defended his thesis Emotional Imprints: A Computer-assisted Analysis of War-related Emotions in Dutch Parliamentary Debates, 1945–1989 in December 2021.
Milan published and taught about the post-war political engagement with war criminals, parliamentary discussions about war victims, nuclear weapons, emotions in post-war society, and the application of text- and data mining in the context of historical research. Between July 2020 and July 2023, Milan worked as project leader and postdoctoral researcher in the project 'First-Hand Accounts of War: War letters (1935-1950) from NIOD digitised'. He is also involved in the core team Radical Research and Digital Documents (R2-D2) as one of the initiators.