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Johannes Burgers

Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Ashoka University

Ph.D. The City University of New York (CUNY)

Johannes Burgers is Assistant Professor of English and Digital Humanities at Ashoka University. He earned his PhD from City University of New York. He completed his Masters in Literary Studies from Utrecht University and Bachelors in Liberal Studies from University College Utrecht.

He also works as an Associate Director for the Digital Yoknapatawpha Project, a multi-year, collaborative project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Operational since 2012, DY aims to turn Faulknerā€™s Yoknapatawpha fictions into searchable data, and then visualize that data through maps and other digital displays. His work for the project includes creating visualizations that provide new views into Faulknerā€™s world.

Professor Burgersā€™ research interests include Qualitative Data Visualization, Narrative GIS, Global Modernism, Transnational Modernism, Racial Theories, Sexology, Aesthetics, William Faulkner and Jewish Studies.

Digital Projects

  • Associate Director, Digital Yoknapatawpha, 2011
    • Collaborating Partners: University of Virginiaā€™s Digital Media Center, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
  • Creator and Coder, “Race and Place: Visualizing Racial Demography in Yoknapatawpha”, Digital Yoknapatawpha, 2020
  • Creator and Coder, ā€œThe Art of Faulknerā€™s Narrative Techniqueā€, Digital Yoknapatawpha, 2019
  • Creator and Coder, ā€œNarrative Structure Analysisā€, Digital Yoknapatawpha, 2018


  • ā€œFaulkner at 30,000 Feet: Locations, Characters, and Events in the Digital Yoknapatawpha Databaseā€ in From Yoknapatawpha to the Virtual World: The Shape of Faulknerā€™s Digital County (University of Virginia Press, Forthcoming 2021)
  • ā€œImagining the Continuously Present Past: The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project and Visualizing William Faulknerā€™s Narrativesā€ in Digital Humanities Quarterly (Forthcoming)
  • ā€œFamilial Places in Jim Crow Spaces: Kinship, Demography, and the Color Line in William Faulknerā€™s Yoknapatawpha Countyā€ in Journal of Cultural Analytics (2020)
  • ā€œBeyond Belle Juive and Femme Fatale: Rewriting the Female Jewish Body in Fin-de-SiĆØcle England, France and Germanyā€ in Jewish Studies Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 62-83 (2018)
  • ā€œTeaching the Holocaust: Making Literary Theory Memorableā€ in Humanistic Pedagogy across the Disciplines Approaches to Mass Atrocity Education in the Community College Context, edited by Dan Leshem and Amy Traver, pp. 163-180 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018)
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Theory and Practice of Digital Archives
  • Thick Mapping and Fuzzy Geodata
  • Holocaust Literature
  • Indigenous Modernities
  • American Modernism in a Global Context
  • American Outlaws
  • Conspiracy in American Fiction
  • Collaborative Research Grant, Associate Director, Digital Yoknapatawpha, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2017 – 2020
  • Lillian and Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature, 2018

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