Virtual keynote event of HNR 2020, June 19th 2020

Save the Date: Virtual keynote event of HNR 2020, June 19th 2020

By Ingeborg van Vugt on May 21, 2020 12:31 pm

Dear all,

After all the cancellations of events due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that the HNR 2020 conference may be moved to 2021, but the keynotes will be delivered online this year! On June 19th, our three keynote speakers have kindly agreed to record their papers to help us all think about how network theory and analysis can be applied in historical research.

As we have written before, the HNR conference will no longer take place in Luxembourg on 16-19 June 2020, but has been rescheduled to summer 2021. Precise dates and a new deadline for a second Call for Papers will be announced later this year. 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. To keep up-to-date about the state of HNR2021, please visit our conference website:

Even if the planned presentations had to be moved, the keynote speakers event of the 2020 edition of the HNR conference will still take place and be entirely online. Keynotes will be streamed on Zoom and afterwards, uploaded to the HNR Youtube channel. There will also be Q&A-sessions following each presentation on Zoom.

To give attendees the best possible experience, we will use three programs/channels of communication:

Zoom – program and Q&A (see instructions below)

Youtube – Trailers:

Please do not hesitate to contact the organising team for any questions you may have at or direct your questions directly at our HNR Slack channel #hnr2020 (see instructions bellow)


To attend, please register before June 17, 2020 so we can share the online conferencing channel with you and keep you updated about the virtual keynote event:

Program, June 19th 2020

Keynotes will be 30 minutes with 30 minutes Q&A-session.

14:30-15:00 (CET): Welcome

15.00-16:00 (CET): Marieke van Erp – KNAW Humanities Cluster DHLab –

16:00-17:00 (CET): Ruth Ahnert – Queen Mary University London –

17:00-18:00 (CET): Petter Holme – Institute of Innovative Research at Tokyo Institute of Technology –

18:00-19:00 (CET): Closing Remarks and Virtual Reception (bring some wine!)

HNR-gang slack workspace

The virtual event continues in the HNR-gang slack workspace! It has been created to give researchers from various disciplines a space to meet, to ask questions, to share their knowledge, to discuss their latest findings, or to simply talk about anything related to networks and more. To join the channel, follow these instructions:

1 – Follow the invite link:

2 – Enter or add HNR-gang as a workspace to the Slack app (

3 – Change your “Display Name” to Firstname Lastname – Affiliation.

4 – Use the #general channel as you would use a regular conference lobby.

6 – Visit the thematic channels.

7 – Right-click a channel to mute it.

8 – Engage in one-on-one conversations with anyone inside HNR2020 slack.

Loads of (open access) Roman network stuff!

Today I got an email that made me smile a lot: the new issue of Journal of Historical Network Research is out and guess what the focus is. Loads of Roman network stuff! As far as my work interests are concerned, this is Christmas.

It is a special issue on ancient politics and network analysis, edited by Wim Broekaert, Elena Köstner, and Christian Rollinger. It includes 10 articles, plus an introduction by the editors, plus an epilogue by Giovanni Ruffini. All papers are about the ancient world from Athens to the Medieval Roman Empire. There is a bit of Cicero in there (would be weird if there wasn’t), Pliny the Younger, Theoderic: all of your favourite historical characters reduced to a dot.

Despite offering plenty of sources and great theories to bust, Roman Studies has been very light on network applications. This special issue single handedly almost doubles the number of such studies.

I look forward to digging through these papers to explore the creative and interesting ways network science has been applied. Hopefully it will inspire me to do more of it myself. I can encourage you all to do the same.

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