Confraternity Prints Digital

Little is known about the (former) existence of the ‘Imperial-Royal Confraternity for the Dead’ in Vienna. The research project Totenkult und Jenseitsvorsorge in Wien: Barocke Bruderschaftsdrucke als Forschungsgegenstand der digitalen Geisteswissenschaften (Mortuary Cult and Preparation for the Afterlife: Baroque Confraternity Prints as Research Object for the Digital Humanities), which is funded by the city of Vienna, is doing pioneer work analysing the prints published by the Confraternity for the Dead with the help of philological expertise and digital methods.

During Phase I of the project (started 1 June 2014), the structurally and linguistically annotated source material served as the starting point for basic preliminary hypotheses about the Fraternity’s history, its members, function and significance. During Phase II of the project (started 1 December 2015), around 100 printed broadsheets, which had been located in various libraries in Vienna and were found to stand in relation to the activities of the Fraternity, were processed digitally and annotated with semantic information. Currently, in the third phase of the project (started Spring 2017), personal data drawn from the sources is being contextualised and conclusions are being prepared for publication.

The historical prints complement the previously published collection Austrian Baroque Corpus (ABaC:us).


  • Resch, Claudia, Daniel Schopper, Tanja Wissik, and Daniela Fasching. 2019. Encoding Crime and Punishment in TEI: The Digital Processing of Early Modern Broadsheets from Vienna. Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative: k.A. doi:10.4000/jtei.1925.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2018. Die Totenbruderschaft von St. Augustin und ihre Totenkapelle(n) - geziert, gemalt und gedruckt für die Ewigkeit.. In Bruderschaften als multifunktionale Dienstleister der Frühen Neuzeit in Zentraleuropa, eds. E. Lobenwein, Scheutz, M., and Weiß, A. S., 373-393. Veröffentlichungen Des Instituts Für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung Band 70.
  • Wissik, Tanja, and Claudia Resch. 2018. MeuchelmörderInnen, KindsmörderInnen, DiebInnen und die dazugehörigen Tatbestände: Erstellung eines Thesaurus für das österreichische Strafrecht des 18. Jahrhunderts zur Erschließung einer Flugblattsammlung.
  • Fasching, Daniela, and Claudia Resch. 2018. Female Murderers and the Representation of Crime in Execution Broadsheets in 18th-Century Vienna. Law, Crime and History 8: 108-125.
  • Wissik, Tanja, Claudia Resch, and Daniel Schopper. 2017. Creating a historical thesaurus for Austrian criminal law of the 18th century. Gisle Andersen, Dhal, Trine, Kristiansen, Marita, Dame, Marja, and Andersen, Øivin. 21st Conference on Language for Specific Purposes 2017. Interdisciplinary knowlege-making: Challanges for LSP Research. 28-30 June. Book of Abstracts. Bergen: NHH.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2017. Review of Dying, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Reformation Europe. Edited by Elizabeth C. Tingle and Jonathan Willis. St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company. 2015. Pp. xi, 219. The Catholic Historical Review. Edited by Nelson Minnich. Volume 103 (2017), Number 1: 131-133.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2016. Was dem sterbenden von nötten sey. Frühneuzeitliche Anleitungen für den Besuch am Sterbebett. Monika Ankele. Begleitheft zum Themenschwerpunkt im Medizinhistorischen Museum HamburgBegleitheft zum Themenschwerpunkt im Medizinhistorischen Museum Hamburg, 3. Ausgabe. Begleitheft Zum Themenschwerpunkt Im Medizinhistorischen Museum Hamburg. Hamburg.
  • Resch, Claudia, and Daniel Schopper. 2016. Encoding crime and punishment – A digital collection of historic broadsheets. Claudia Resch, Hannesschläger, Vanessa, and Wissik, Tanja. TEI conference and members´ meeting 2016. Book of Abstracts. Vienna.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2015. Reforming Late Medieval ars moriendi: Changes and Compromises in Early Reformation Manuals for Use at the Deathbed. In Preparing for Death, Remembering the Dead, ed. v. Tarald Rasmussen und Jon Øygarden Flæten, 153-172. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015.