Spatial Humanities 2022

Ghent Centre for Digital HumanitiesQuetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research and Antwerp Cultural Heritage Sciences in collaboration with the Lancaster University Digital Humanities Centre and Digital Humanities Lab, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa are delighted to announce that the 4th Spatial Humanities conference will be held in Ghent on 7th - 9th September 2022 at the conference centre Het Pand, organised by CLARIAH-VL with the support of the DARIAH-EU GeoHumanities working groupSpatial Humanities 2022 is concerned with geospatial technologies, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and what they have to contribute to humanities research. The main aim is to explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge enabled by these technologies, approaches and methods within and beyond the digital humanities.  

Spatial Humanities 2022 will welcome submissions on all aspects of using geospatial technologies in humanities research, methodological innovations, and applied research that develops our understanding of the geographies of the past. These include, but are not limited to, urban gazetteers, artificial intelligence, geographical analysis of text and image, database development, linked open data, IIIF applications for maps and spatial data, metadata and the development of sustainable data workflows.

We welcome contributions from anyone working on computational approaches to spatial questions in the humanities. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, history (including fields from social history such as historical demography and environmental history), archaeology, literary studies, classics, linguistics, art history, anthropology and religious studies, as well as from interdisciplinary and/or technical fields including GISc, digital humanities, computational linguistics and computer science. 


Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is closed.

The conference will be held hybrid comprising an online and in-person part. More information will be available soon regarding registrations.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to confirm the presence of Prof. dr. Timothy Ingold and Prof. dr. Veronica Della Dora as keynote speakers at Spatial Humanities 2022. 


Provision Overview of the Conference Schedule: 

  • 7th September 2022: Pre-conference workshops
  • 8th September 2022: Opening Keynote, Papers, Posters & Demos I
  • 9th September 2022: Papers, Round Table and Closing Keynote


Organisation Committee:

  • Daniel Alves, Digital Humanities Lab, NOVA-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Sally Chambers, GhentCDH, UGent 
  • Isabelle Devos, Quetelet Centre, UGent
  • Vincent Ducatteeuw, GhentCDH, UGent
  • Lise Foket, GhentCDH, UGent
  • Ian Gregory, Lancaster University Digital Humanities Centre
  • Piraye Hacigüzeller, ARCHES, University of Antwerp
  • Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Lancaster University Digital Humanities Centre
  • Joana Vieira Paulino, Digital Humanities Lab, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Christophe Verbruggen, GhentCDH, UGent 

Student fee waivers: We are delighted to offer up to four student fee waivers to Masters or PhD students who are sole or lead authors of a paper. Applications will be considered by the Programme Committee on the basis of the quality of the abstract. To apply simply send a message to after submitting.

Transportation: The conference centre Het Pand in Ghent is accessible by public transport. If arriving from Brussels Airport, you can take a 1 hour train to Gent Sint Pieters Station (either a direct line or with a short transfer in Brussels Central Station). From Gent Sint Pieters Station, you can take the tram 1 to Korte Meer (10 minutes). From there, it is only a 6 minute walk to the venue Het Pand. If arriving from Brussels Charleroi, you can take the shuttle bus Flibco which will take you to Gent Dampoort Station in 1 hour 30 minutes. From there, you can take a bus that will take you to a stop near the conference venue het Pand. You can also go from Brussels Charleroi to Gent Sint Pieters Station by bus and train, which will approximately take 2 hours 30 minutes.

Ghent UniversityUniversity of AntwerpClariah-VL
Universidade Nova de LisboaLancaster University