Christian Lendl

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Christian Lendl is PhD student at the Institute for East-European History (University of Vienna). His fields of interest include the Austrian nobility in the late Habsburg empire, the development of portrait and press photography, and the visual coverage in Austrian newspapers. Besides his academic work he has been working as a professional photographer, filmmaker, and media engineer for the last 15 years, where he helps international corporations from various industries to visually present their products and services. He is also a lecturer for visual marketing at the IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences and holds a MSc in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology and a MA in History from the University of Vienna.

Research Interests: Transformation of the Austro-Hungarian nobility, First World War, history of press photography, history of cryptography and cryptanalysis

Current Research Project: „The Wiener Salonblatt as a social network of the Habsburg nobility”
The „Wiener Salonblatt” was the hot print magazine of fin-de-siècle Vienna and titled itself as “voice of the Austro-Hungarian nobility”. The illustrated weekly was founded by Moriz Engel in 1870 (it was published continuously until 1938) and served both as tabloid press and (analogue) social network. On the one hand it featured events of the aristocratic society and the imperial court, on the other hand members of the nobility published short messages (on average more than 100 per issue) to inform their peers about (more or less) important things: changes of location, family issues such as births or weddings and even bestowals of decorations. These short texts can be seen as typical examples for factoids and served the same purpose as postings on social media networks like Facebook, Instagram or TikTok today. This very network will be analyzed and modelled with methods taken from the field of digital humanities. For this purpose, a factoid-based prosopography of the aristocratic Habsburg society will be created, which will be made available as an online-database for future research such as network analyses and visualizations of time-based geospatial data.


  • with Purgathofer, Peter: Challenges in Interactive Time-Based Information Visualization. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Digital Approaches in Cartographic Heritage. Wien, 2010.