CFP: Historical Network Research 2020 Luxembourg 17-19 June 2020

Join us in Luxembourg for a fantastic new edition of the Historical Network Research conference! This is also a great venue for archaeologists to present their work.

CFP deadline: 20 February 2020.

Call for papers for HNR2020

The Historical Network Research community is very pleased to announce the call for papers for the next Historical Network Research conference which will take place at the University of Luxembourg, from Wednesday 17 until Friday 19 June 2020. The conference will run over three days opening with a workshop day and two conference days.

Social network analysis theories and methods have emerged as a persuasive extension of purely metaphorical uses of network concepts in historical research. The HNR conference series explores the challenges and possibilities of network research in historical scholarship and serves as a platform for researchers from various disciplines to meet, present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate tools and projects.

The Historical Network Research community has its roots in the year 2009 when the first in a series of workshops on the application of network analysis in the historical disciplines took place. In 2019, the thirteenth workshop on „Networks Across Time and Space: Methodological Challenges and Theoretical Concerns of Network Research in the Humanities“ was hosted by the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, Germany. In 2013, the European Digital Humanities research network Nedimah enabled us to organize the first international conference on Historical Network Research in Hamburg. This was followed by conferences in Ghent 2014, Lisbon 2015, Turku 2017, and Brno 2018. From 2013 onwards, we organised sessions on historical networks at the International Sunbelt Conferences of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), and from 2014 on at the corresponding European Regional Conferences (EUSN). The year 2017 saw the publication of the inaugural issue of the Open Access Journal of Historical Network Research ( JHNR is devoted to the study of networks (social or otherwise) from a specifically historical perspective and encourages the exchange between different areas of historical research (in the broadest sense), the (digital) humanities at large as well as the social, information and computer sciences. These events and activities are supplemented by the website Historical Network Research (, which provides a bibliography, a calendar of events and an email newsletter.

For our 2020 conference, we welcome submissions for individual contributions discussing any historical period and geographical area. Authors may be historians, linguists, librarians, archaeologists, art historians, computer scientists, social scientists as well as scholars from other disciplines working with historical or archaeological data. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural and intellectual networks
  • Geospatial networks
  • Citizen science, crowdsourcing and other forms of public engagement
  • Networks extracted from texts
  • Networks and prosopography
  • Methodological contributions with immediate relevance for Historical Network Research such as missing data, temporality, multilayer networks, ontologies, linked data
  • Pedagogy, teaching, and digital literacy in Historical Network Research


The closing keynote will be delivered by Petter Holme, Specially Appointed Professor at the Institute of Innovative Research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the speaker for the opening keynote will be announced in the near future.



Participants are invited to take part in one or two of three half-day-workshops:

  • Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Matthias Bixler, Independent Researcher)
  • Exponential Random Graph Models for Historical Networks (Antonio Fiscarelli, University of Luxemburg)
  • Analysis of Two-Mode Networks with Python (Demival Vasques Filho, Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz)


For HNR 2020 we welcome three types of proposals: (1) individual papers; (2) software/tool demonstrations and (3) posters. Abstracts should clearly state the title, name and affiliation of the authors and the presenters; if you have one please include your Twitter username, too.

1) Individual papers:

abstract (500-1000 words maximum, plus 3 citations) will be required for 20-minute papers (presentation 15 mins + 5 minutes for questions). The content of your abstract should be appropriate for the nature of the paper you intend to present. Your abstract should include:

  • Background – an overview of the topic and the research questions that will be addressed by your paper
  • Methods and data – an overview of the data used and the methods employed in your research
  • Findings – a description of the results of your research

You may also include a single figure that shows the key results or main argument of your paper. Figures should be submitted in a format that can be displayed in a standard web browser and should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style.

2) Software/tool demonstrations:

HNR provides an opportunity for demonstrations of software and tools for historical network analysis. Accepted demonstrations and tools will be presented within a main conference session (presentations 15 mins + 5 minutes for questions) and at demo booths during the poster presentations. Abstracts (200-500 words maximum) will be required and should include information on the novel contribution it makes, its state of development and licensing.

3) Posters:

Abstracts (200-500 words, plus 3 citations) will be required for posters. Your abstract should include:

  • Background – a brief overview of the topic or research questions addressed by the poster
  • Methods and data – a description of the data used and the methods employed
  • Discussion/findings – a discussion of the wider implications of your research for network analysis in history.


Please submit your abstract by Thursday 20 February, 2020 (23:59 CET) via EasyChair ( Papers for presentation will be selected following a double-blind peer review procedure. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be announced by 15 March 2020. The conference language is English.

Selected papers and posters will be invited to prepare a submission  for a peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Historical Network Research (

Please do not hesitate to contact the organising team for any questions you may have at Additional information on workshops, keynotes, and programme together with further practical information will be available shortly on the conference website.

Key dates

  • 20.02.2020: deadline for submissions via Easychair
  • 15.03.2020: notification of acceptance
  • 01.04.2020: registration opening
  • 15.06.2020: latest possible registration for participants
  • 17-19.06.2020: conference (1 day workshops, 2 days sessions)
  • 15.07.2020: invitation of selected articles to JHNR

Further information on the workshops will be provided on the conference website shortly.

Travel bursaries

Scholars without access to sufficient travel funds may apply for a travel bursary in parallel to submitting a paper or poster. A bursary will cover travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the conference. Please email a motivation letter together with a CV to Only authors of accepted papers are eligible for bursaries.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

With best wishes,

The HNR 2020 Organisers:

Tom Brughmans (Aarhus University)
Aline Deicke (Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz)
Marten Düring (University of Luxembourg)
Antonio Fiscarelli (University of Luxembourg)
Ingeborg van Vugt (University of Utrecht)

Conference Bochum 14-16 May: Resources and Complex Systems

This event might be of interest to readers of this blog.
Via Frederik Schaff:

Dear colleagues,


In the attachment, please find an invitation to the ReSoc conference Resources and Transformation in pre-modern Societies, which takes place in Bochum from 14th to 16th of May 2020.

The conference is organised by the Leibniz Post-Doc School “Resources in Society” (ReSoc) hosted by the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM). The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for a transdisciplinary discourse on transformation of knowledge, culture and landscapes in relation to resources. In three sessions, with two distinguished keynote speakers each, we will cover aspects with a multitude of different methodological and theoretical perspectives.

In this mailing-list, we wish to highlight especially the third session on “Resources and Complex Systems”. Here, we will focus especially on agent-based modelling (or similar) approaches to gain a deeper understanding of transformation processes in a given geographical area over a long time span (typically several hundred years).

In order stimulate a lively and fruitful debate, we highly welcome proposals in the form of an abstract (until February 29th) that:

·         formally cope with issues of complexity and resources by means of simulation models,

·         theoretically derive the practical relevance of a resource-based viewpoint to issues of complexity in an archaeological context,

·         review critically and/or comprehensively the existing literature on complexity and archaeology with the aim to understand the relevance of resources in the different approaches,

·         empirically (based on, e.g., ethnographic studies) determine and analyse such drivers of spatiotemporal human dynamics that are directly connected to concepts of resources,

·         or fit in any other way well within the context of the session.

All information is also available at the conference page:

Please forward this email to interested colleagues.

Please excuse any cross-positings.

We hope to see many of you in Bochum.

Best wishes, on behalf of the organising committee,

Frederik Schaff

CfP:Networks and the study of the human past at the 2020 Sunbelt conference in Paris

The History and Archaeology sessions at the annual Sunbelt SNA conference are becoming a strong tradition. Submit your abstract now.

Via HNR mailing list:

CfP:Networks and the study of the human past at the 2020 Sunbelt conference in Paris

Dear All,

please consider submitting an abstract for the Paris Sunbelt 2020 session on Networks and the study of the human past.

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Organizers: Julie Birkholz (Ghent University, Belgium), Henning Hillmann (University of Mannheim, Germany), Martin Stark (ILS, Dortmund, Germany), Bernd Wurpts (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)

Session Description:

Most network research focuses on contemporary data and is presentist in orientation, overlooking the vast store of interesting data from the past. The aim of this interdisciplinary session is to further extend the community of scholars working with historical data by promoting contacts between the various disciplines that aim at making sense of past phenomena through methods and theories derived from network analysis and network science.

We are looking for papers exploring the challenges and potential posed by such network studies of past phenomena. Examples of such challenges and avenues include, but are not limited to: selective samples; missing data; big data and textual/semantic network analysis based on sources of the past.

The session invites contributions from researchers from various disciplines applying the methods of formal network analysis and network science on the human past. We welcome submissions concerning any period, geographical area or topic. The authors may be archaeologists, historians, social scientists or economists, as well as scholars from other disciplines working with historical or archaeological data. Thus, the content of the networks may include but is not limited to: past revolutions; migration; industrial revolution; diffusion processes; transitions from authoritarianism to democracy; international trade; kinship; war; religion and science.

For more information use the following link:


We hope to see you in Paris!


Bernd Wurpts, Ph.D.


Department of Sociology

University of Lucerne

Save the date: HNR conference 2020, June 17-19 2020, Luxembourg

Come to HNR 2020 in Luxembourg!

Via HNR mailing list :

Save the date: Historical Network Research conference 2020, June 17-19 2020, Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg)

Dear colleagues,

As the end of this year is closing in, we’re already looking forward to 2020: Save the date for the 6thHistorical Network Research conference hosted by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg on June 17-19.

A call for papers with more information will follow in early January 2020. See also the conference website:

We look forward to welcoming you in Luxembourg!

With best wishes,

The organising committee

Aline Deicke
Marten Düring
Antonio Fiscarelli
Ingeborg van Vugt

Image: © Michel Brumat / Foersom sàrl 2015

Three DH postdocs in Madrid

Readers of this blog might be interested in these three postdoc jobs on digital humanities, linked open data and software engineering. The posts are based in the POSTDATA ERC project in Madrid.

Deadline 9 December!

3 job openings at POSTDATA

We are pleased to offer 3 Digital Humanities positions in Madrid, for the European Project ERC-Stg-2015 POSTDATA: “Poetry Standardization and Linked Open Data”, led by Elena González-Blanco, which will last until April 2021.
Candidates will work in an interdisciplinary environment at UNED in Madrid:

Research Software Engineer (Digital Humanities): 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities (background in Philology/Literature/Computational Linguistics):

Research Fellow in Ontologies and Linked Open Data (Digital Humanities):

Applications should be submitted no later than December 9th 2021. Reviews will continue until positions are filled. 

Design Thinking and Making: A Masterclass for Educators and Professionals in the Creative and Cultural Industries

This event might be of interest to readers of this blog:

Do you teach students who intend to pursue careers in the GLAM, Cultural Tourism, or Heritage sectors? Are you a professional in any of these sectors (or who supports these sectors) with an education brief? If so, please join us at Maastricht University from 3-5 March 2019 ( to explore integrating into the curriculum design thinking and problem-based learning by teaching new technologies, from digital storytelling to game play, from 3D modelling to virtual reality.

This Masterclass will explore the challenges and opportunities of preparing students or current professionals for and in careers in which understanding how to embed creative, interactive, and user-focussed technologies into everyday activities is as crucial as the more traditional skills we teach.

These themes will be explored within the context of the IGNITE curriculum (, a suite of courses delivered through #dariahTeach and designed for online, blended and flipped classrooms, workshops, or life-long learning activities. An objective of the Masterclass is to provide each participant with strategies for integrating these methods, technologies, and skills into their teaching practice (for educators) or to create educational opportunities for current professionals (for those already working in the sector).

Generous funding is available for all participants from EU Member States travelling to Maastricht. For further details and to register see

If you have further questions, please contact Costas Papadopoulos, Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities and Culture Studies, Maastricht

Job Digital Archaeology, deadline 2 December

This job will be of interest to readers of this blog:


(full time, 40h per week)

at the OeAI Head Office in Vienna.

The Austrian Archaeological Institute is an internationally renowned institution in the field of archaeological basic science with excavation projects in Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and the area of the Alps and the Danube. The core strength of the institute is field archaeology in all its sub disciplines as well as cultural and historical analyses based on material remains. The Research Group DIGGING.DIGITAL is primary focusing on developing and adapting methods of data acquisition, processing and analysis of archaeological research data.

Areas of responsibility:

  •   Survey / inventory of available research data at the institute
  •   Collaboration in conceptualising and implementation of database solutions for the archaeological
  •   Research on already existing database solutions
  •   Participation in the implementation of a data management plan


  •   Bachelor or Master in Archaeology with focus on digital Archaeology or in computer sciences / informatics with a focus on Digital Humanities / Archaeology
  •   Team minded
  •   Good communications skills
  •   Written and spoken fluency in German and English

    We offer:

  •   Diverse activities within the framework of all the research groups at the OeAI
  •   A working environment with a motivated and international team
  •   The opportunity to gain experience in the field of Digital Archaeology in working together with other institutions at the OeAW

    In the first three months, the gross salary will be EUR 1.359,45 / month, afterwards EUR 2.718,90 / month. The internship will start on January 2, 2020 and lasts 12 months.

    We hope to have garnered your interest in this internship and kindly request you to send a written application (CV, motivation letter, photograph, copies of degrees and references) via email to, no later than December 2, 2019.

    We look forward to your application.

    The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. The ÖAW lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School

Applications now open for the first Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School 

Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) is pleased to announce that applications for its Cultural Heritage Data School are now open. This event aims to bring together participants from the wider Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector and academia to explore the methods used to create, visualise and analyse digital archives and collections.

The curriculum will be structured around the digital collections and archives pipeline, covering the general principles and applied practices involved in the generation, exploration, visualisation, analysis and preservation of digital collections and archives. The school will be tailored to the learning needs of participants with content selected from but not limited to the following:

  • Metadata creation and enrichment
  • Digital text mark-up and TEI
  • Text-mining
  • Social network visualisation and analysis
  • Geomapping and archival photography
  • Digital Images and machine learning
  • Digital data preservation

The 2020 Data School teaching team includes:

  • Dr Anne Alexander (Director of Learning, CDH; Ethics of Big Data Research Group, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Hugo Leal (Coordinator of the Cambridge Data Schools; CDH Methods Fellow; Research Associate, CRASSH, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Oliver Dunn (CDH Methods Fellow; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of History)
  • Dr Huw Jones (Library Digital Humanities Coordinator, CDH Lab)

Cambridge Digital Humanities is committed to democratising access to digital methods and tools and is
offering the following subsidised participation fees to encourage applications from those who do not normally have access to this type of training. The fees include all teaching costs, college accommodation (including breakfast and evening meals) for four nights and three lunches.

  • Standard Rate: £645
  • Small Organisations / Academic Staff: £395
  • Students / Unemployed / Community Projects / Unfunded Projects: £125

In addition, a small number of bursaries are available to those who can demonstrate financial need.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 December 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 17 January 2020.

Apply here
Questions related to the application procedure: Karen Herbane (Digital Humanities Learning and Events Coordinator): Questions related to course content: Hugo Leal (Cambridge Data Schools Coordinator):

Job: associate professor Roman History, Carleton

I can definitely encourage colleagues to apply for this tenure track position in Roman History. Carleton University in Ottawa is a lovely and inspiring place to work. I had the opportunity to be a visiting researcher there and it was a total success (we made a boardgame!!!). You will have the opportunity to work with fantastic colleagues such as Laura Banducci and Shawn Graham, what more do you want?


Field of Specialization: Greek and Roman Studies: Roman History
Academic Unit: Humanities
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2020
Closing Date: Applications will be considered until the position is filled

About the Position:

The Greek and Roman Studies program at Carleton University invites applications for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Roman History, to begin July 1, 2020.

About the Academic Unit:

Greek and Roman Studies is housed in the College of the Humanities together with the Bachelor of Humanities program and the program in Religion. GRS offers a B.A. and minors in Greek and Roman Studies and Archaeology. The program is home to four faculty members and 55 majors. For more information on the program and the College, please see


We seek an outstanding scholar with a PhD in Classics and demonstrable excellence in teaching. The hire will have a track record of high-quality scholarly research leading to peer-reviewed publications. Teaching responsibilities will include Roman history, Latin, introductory classes and upper-year seminars. The appointee will also have the opportunity to develop an advanced topics course in an area of expertise. Ability to teach Greek language courses is also an asset.

Application Instructions:

A letter of application, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, and a writing sample should be sent electronically as one single PDF file by November 30, 2019 to Dr. Shane Hawkins, Director of the College of the Humanities, at In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent under separate cover. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 30,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with numerous and diverse groups and institutions. Canada’s capital has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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