To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Spatial and digital history

This network is concerned with using digital technologies to study the past. It has a particular emphasis on the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial History but all IT-based approaches are welcome. The network welcomes papers that are concerned with digital sources, methodologies and applied scholarship. 

Doug Brown
Kingston University, Surrey, UK
Sebastian Klüsener
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
Ian Gregory
Digital Humanities, Department of History, Lancaster University,UK
Douwe Zeldenrust
Meertens Institute, Amsterdam

Call for Papers

Spatial & Digital History network

European Social Science History Conference 2018

4 – 7 April 2018, Queen’s University Belfast

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The Spatial & Digital History network welcomes papers on all aspects of the use of new technologies to study the past. These include:

  • Historical GIS
  • Spatial humanities
  • History and computing
  • Digital history 
  • Themes of particular relevance include – but are not limited to – the following: 
  • Urban history
  • Historical demography
  • Textual analysis and other qualitative sources
  • Social network analysis
  • European data infrastructure and integration
  • Crowdsourcing historical data
  • 3D modelling of history and heritage
  • Histories of health and mortality
  • Transport history
  • Rural and environmental history
  • Religious history
  • The creation, curation and dissemination of humanities digital resources
  • The future of digital history
  • Big data and born-digital data

Please propose individual papers or panel sessions (up to four papers) at:  

Please contact the network chairs with any queries:

Ian Gregory, Lancaster University, UK:

Sebastian Klüsener, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany:

Douwe Zeldenrust, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam:

Douglas Brown, Kingston University, UK:

We look forward to seeing you in Belfast.