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The project SeNeReKo had two objectives:

  • Gain insights about processes of interreligious exchange from historical sources, and
  • apply recent computational text analysis techniques.

The digitalization of historical sources created new possibilities for storing and processing them. But the analytical potential is still far from being fully utilized. SeNeReKo was understood as a playing ground for the adaption and development of new methods, bringing together information technology, computer linguistics, and the humanities. Our aim was not only to find answers to the research questions at hand, but also to gain insights for interdisciplinary research and develop best practices for future projects.


SeNeReKo was a joint research project of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Trier Center for Digital Humanities (TCDH). It was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).