Torsten Hiltmann studied History, Philosophy and Psychology at the Technical University of Dresden and holds a PhD degree in Medieval History from TU Dresden and the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris (co-tutelle). He collaborated in several database and editorial projects at the German Historical Institute Paris, before he changed to the University of Münster where he is now a Juniorprofessor for High and Late Medieval History and Auxiliary sciences. He is specialised in medieval manuscripts, courtly culture and visual communication. In his current research project he explores medieval heraldic communication from the perspective of cultural history.
In the field of Digital Humanities he focuses on the use of computational methods in auxiliary sciences, with regard to textual as well as visual sources. He is especially interested in semantic web technologies, digital editions and NLP, as well as methodological reflections about DH, and is developing and conducting several projects in these domains. Besides that he is editor of the academic blog “Heraldica nova”.