Dr. Maxim G. Romanov
Junior Research Group Leader
Emmy Noether research group “The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History”
Maxim Romanov’s research focuses on the social history of the premodern Islamic world, the history of the Arabic written tradition, and computational methods and approaches relevant for Islamicate studies. Until 2021, he held a joint position as a senior research fellow at the KITAB Project (AKU-ISMC, London) and as a Universitätsassistent of Digital Humanities (University of Vienna). Since 2021, at the University of Hamburg, he is leading a DFG-funded Emmy Noether project titled “The Evolution of Islamic Societies (c.600-1600 CE): Algorithmic Analysis into Social History” (EIS1600). EIS1600 employs a series of advanced computational methods of text analysis and data modeling to study all available biographical and historical texts with a holistic approach. Among other deliverables, EIS1600 will produce an open and expandable online research ecosystem, MasterChronicle, which will allow scholars in the field to engage in various modes of close and distant reading of the Arabic historical corpus.