Digital Classicist seminar Berlin call for papers

The next seminar series will run from October 2020 until February 2021.

Abstracts can be sent until 31 July, details below:


We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the seventh series of the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin, organised by the “Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt” of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities together with the Berliner Antike Kolleg. The seminar will run during the winter term of the 2020/21 academic year.
We invite submissions on any kind of research that innovativly employs digital methods, resources or technologies in order to enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We especially encourage contributions which show how computer assisted technologies provide answers to questions intrinsic to a field of research or to questions of interdisciplinary interest.

Presentations may cover one of the following topics which make the cultural heritage accessible and deepen our understanding of it: machine learning, linked open data and the semantic web, spatial and network analysis, natural language processing, image processing and visualisation, 3D developments, techniques to be used for an open science, digital (critical) editions, and any other digital or quantitative methods. Other and new ideas are very welcome!

Abstracts of 300-500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be sent by midnight (CEST) on 31 July 2020 to Markus Schnöpf ( and will be anonymized in the review process. We do accept abstracts written in English as well as in German, and the presentations can also be held in either language. When submitting the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, please do let us know.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (16:15-17:45) from October 2020 until February 2021. The full programme will be finalised and announced in August. We endeavour to provide accommodation for the speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses.


Wir freuen uns, hiermit den Call for Papers für die siebente Reihe des Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin im Wintersemester 2020/21 bekannt geben zu können. Diese Seminarreihe wird vom Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Berliner Antike Kolleg durchgeführt.

Sie sind herzlich dazu eingeladen, Beiträge einzureichen, welche die innovative Anwendung moderner digitaler Methoden, Ressourcen und Techniken in den verschiedensten Bereichen einer weitgefassten Altertumswissenschaft thematisieren. Wir begrüßen insbesondere Vorschläge, aus denen hervorgeht, wie dank der Anwendung computergestützter Technologien sowohl fachimmanente als auch fachübergreifende Fragen beantwortet werden können.
Die Vorträge können beispielsweise folgende Themenbereiche zur Erschließung und dem vertieften Verständnis des kulturellen Erbes behandeln: Maschinelles Lernen, Linked Open Data und Semantic Web, Raum- und Netzwerk-Analyse, Techniken für Open Science, Bildverarbeitung und Visualisierung, 3D-Entwicklungen, moderne Editionstechniken, maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung etc. Weitere, neue Ideen sind sehr willkommen!

Vorschläge im Umfang von 300-500 Wörtern (bibliographische Angaben ausgenommen) können bis spätestens Mitternacht (MESZ) am 31. Juli 2020 an Markus Schnöpf ( gesendet werden und werden vor dem review process anonymisiert. Ihre Zusammenfassung des geplanten Vortrages kann in deutscher oder englischer Sprache eingereicht werden, die beiden Sprachen sind auch die Arbeitssprachen im Seminar. Bitte teilen Sie uns mit, ob der gleiche Vortrag bereits bei anderen Veranstaltungsreihen oder Konferenzen eingereicht wurde.

Die Seminare werden von Oktober 2020 bis Februar 2021 alle 14 Tage jeweils dienstags um 16.15-17.45 Uhr stattfinden. Das vollständige Programm wird im August bekannt gegeben werden. Die Vortragenden werden so weit wie möglich bei der Finanzierung ihrer Reise- und Unterkunftskosten unterstützt. Nähere Informationen dazu werden bei der Veröffentlichung des Programms mitgeteilt.

Loads of networks in Oxford Classical seminar series


Classics and archaeology are fiercely complimentary disciplines and I love playing a balancing act between the two. This of course means: playing with networks by drawing on both written and textual sources of the ancient world. The use of network science in Classics is really taking off, as much as it is in Archaeology. This is reflected in work by Irad Malkin in his book ‘A Small Greek World‘ and by the HESTIA team including Elton Barker who just published a volume entitled ‘New Worlds from Old Texts‘. Both will present in the series, as will I. So do come along if you can.

When? Weekly 5pm, 27 January – 9 March 2016

Where? Corpus Christy College, Oxford (UK)

Networks in the Ancient World
27th January

Elton Barker (Open): Network thinking: textual maps, conceptual frameworks, scholarly practice


3rd February
Eivind Heldaas Seland (Bergen): Rome and the not so friendly king: The social networks of local rulers in the Roman Near East

10th February
Tom Brughmans (Konstanz): The potential of network science for archaeology illustrated through a network study of the Roman economy

17th February
William Mack (Birmingham): Social Networking for Poleis

24th February
Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv): title tbc

2nd March
John Tully (Cardiff): Social Proxenoi: SNA in the Hellenistic Cyclades

9th March
Esther Eidinow (Nottingham): ‘What Will You Give Me?’: Networks, Narratives and the Sacred

For a printable poster for the series or any other enquiries please contact:

Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin launched

Our colleagues at the German Archaeological Institute and the Excellence Cluster TOPOI have just launched the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin. Find the official call for papers here:

Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin 2012/2013: Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the newly established Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin, which will run for the first time in the Winter Term 2012. This initiative, inspired by and connected to London’s Digital Classicist Work in Progress Seminar, is organised in association with the German Archaeological Institute and the Excellence Cluster TOPOI.

We invite submissions on research which employ digital methods, resources or technologies in an innovative way in order to enable increased understanding of the ancient world at large. Abstracts, either in English or in German, of 300-500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be uploaded by midnight MET on September 14, 2012 using the special submission form.

Themes may include digital text, linguistics technology, image processing and visualisation, linked data and semantic web, open access, spatial and network analysis, serious gaming and any other digital or quantitative methods. We welcome seminar proposals addressing the application of these methods to individual projects, and particularly contributions which show how the digital component can lead to crossing disciplinary boundaries and answer new research questions. Seminar content should be of interest both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, as well as information scientists and digital humanists, with an academic research agenda relevant to at least one of these fields.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (17:00-18:30) starting in October 2012 in the TOPOI Building Dahlem, hosted by the Excellence Cluster TOPOI. The full programme will be finalised and announced in late September. It is planned to grant an allowance to speakers for travelling and accommodation costs. Further details will be available once the program is finalised.

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