Intellectual history, digital humanities, archival theory

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Reto Speck (1974) is an intellectual historian and works as a researcher at NIOD and a research fellow at King’s College London. His research interests lie at the intersection of historiography, archival theory and digital infrastructures. He is exploring these interests in the context of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project of which he is the Deputy Director.

Reto Speck received his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in April 2010, and his BA (Contemporary History) and MA (Intellectual History) from the University of Sussex, Brighton. Previous to his doctoral research, Reto worked for two years at the Arts and Humanities Data Service, London, and he has also taught the history of political thought at Queen Mary, University of London.

Dissertation: The History and Politics of Civilisation: the Debate about Russia in French and German Historical Scholarship from Voltaire to Herder, London, 2010.

Recent selected publications

  • Reto Speck and Petra Links, ‘The Missing Voice: Archivists and Infrastructures for Humanities Research’," International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. 7.1-2 (2013), 128-146.
  • Petra Links, Reto Speck and Veerle Vanden Daelen, 'Who holds the key
    to Holocaust-related sources? Authorship as subjectivity in finding aids, Holocaust Studies, 22:1 (2016), 21-43
  • Reto Speck and Laura Brazzo (eds.), 'Holocaust Archives and Research in the Digital Age', special Issue Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 13 (2018).