Network Theory and Computer Modeling in the Study of Religion

This workshop on networks and the study of religion will be of interest to those reading this blog. I recently met the team behind the Brno-based GEHIR project. They are great and are working on some original and interesting ways of studying the past diffusions of religions using network science techniques. A very multi-disciplinary and innovative project, so worth exploring it through this workshop.

Network Theory and Computer Modeling in the Study of Religion

International Workshop

August 29–September 4, 2016

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

In collaboration with the Department for the Study of Religion, Masaryk University, Brno and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, Toronto

Organizing committee: Tamás Biró, Aleš Chalupa, István Czachesz


This workshop continues the program of previous meetings that explored the relationship between network theory and cognitive science and the implications of that nexus for historiography. The primary intention of this workshop is to explore modeling techniques that can be used in the study of religion, identify aspects of religion (with an emphasis on cognitive features in the history of religions) that are good candidates to be captured by such models, and discuss what data is needed from historians, philologists, and archaeologist so that meaningful models can be created.


(Draft, June 13, 2016)

Monday Aug 29

Travel day, Reception

Tuesday Aug 30

9am–10.30am Opening panel and discussion

11.00am–12.30pm Tutorials

2pm–3.30pm Tutorials

4pm–5pm Paper presentations

Wednesday Aug 31

A Generative Historiography of the Ancient Mediterranean

(GEHIR Project, Brno)

Thursday Sept 1

9am–2pm Lab visits and presentations at ELTE University

3pm–5pm Paper presentations

Friday Sept 2

9am–12.30pm Paper presentations

2pm–5pm Concluding panel and discussion

Saturday Sept 3

Archeological trip

Sunday Sept 4

Sightseeing, travel day


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