Professor of Digital Humanities and co-director of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities at University of Trier, Germany. Also, Chair of the COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History. and president of the Association for Digital Humanities in the German-speaking regions (DHd).

Christof’s interests in research and teaching are located at the confluence of French literary studies and the digital humanities, especially digital editing, corpus curation and quantitative text analysis. He is also interested in new forms of scholarly publishing and collaboration and pleads for Open Access to publications and research data. He is an active member of the Romance Studies and Digital Humanities communities.


Christof studied Romance languages, English and Psychology in Freiburg and Tours. His master’s thesis was on French contemporary writer François Bon (cf. http://www.tierslivre.net). He obtained his PhD in 2008 with a study of La Description double dans le roman des Lumières 1760-1800 (binational programme Kassel / Paris IV-Sorbonne). The thesis has been awarded the Prix Germaine de Stael 2010 and published with Classiques Garnier. From 2004 to 2011, he has been a research assistant at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Kassel University. From 2011 to 2017, he has been a research associate at the Department for Literary Computing at University of Würzburg, first as a researcher in the DARIAH-DE (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) inititative, then as leader of the Computational Literary Genre Stylistics group. In 2017, he received the offer to join Trier University as Full Professor of Digital Humanities.

Other Publications

Christof is the author of La Description double dans le roman des Lumières 1760-1800 (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2010) and has published in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Journal of Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, Revue des Sciences Humaines and Journal of Literary Theory. For details, see: https://christof-schoech.de/en/publ/.

Blog Posts


    • CLiGS – Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (project lead, then mentor) – project website

    • COST Action ‘Distant Reading for European Literary History’ (Action chair) – project website

    • ARCHITRAVE – Art et architecture à Paris et Versailles dans les récits de voyageurs allemands à l’époque baroque (project associate) – project website

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