Spatial Humanities 2022 Call for Papers

Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Quetelet 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 group

Spatial Humanities 2022 welcomes 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. 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 GIS, digital humanities, computational linguistics and computer science.


Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Gazetteers, e.g. urban, regional, national and international
  • Artificial intelligence, e.g. computer vision, NLP, deep learning, etc.
  • Spatial explorations of narratives, literary and imaginary places
  • GIS and spatial analysis including 3D modeling and spatial statistics  
  • Deep mapping, experiences of places 
  • Territorial representations, transgressions, subalternity and boundaries
  • Mapping mobility, spatial connections and networks  
  • Linking the map and the text: mixed-method approaches
  • Geospatial ‘collections as data’, enrichment and annotation 
  • Historical maps and georeferencing
  • Environmental humanities: landscapes, waterscapes and the blue humanities
  • Linked Open (Geo)Data
  • IIIF applications for maps and spatial data 
  • Labs notebooks, workflows and infrastructure
  • Data mining, visualisation and the challenges of geolocation 
  • ...



We welcome conference contributions in the following formats: (1) long papers; (2) short papers; (3) round tables; (4) posters and demos; (5) pre-conference workshops:

  • Long papers (abstracts of 750-1000 words, Paper presentations of 20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) - the research presented in a long paper should be completed or in the final stages of development. 
  • Short papers (abstracts of 500 - 750 words, Paper presentations 10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion) are suited for reporting on ongoing research and/or research in its early stages. Short papers are particularly welcomed from Early Career Researchers  (e.g. Masters or PhD Students).
  • Round Table (abstracts of 750-1000 words), Roundtable discussions of 45 minutes, 3-5 speakers, include biographies  
  • Posters and/or Demos (abstracts of 500-750 words) this session will take place in parallel and are particularly suited for emerging/ new projects, prototypes, work-in-progress or finished tools, software datasets. Demonstrations are meant to be interactive and can optionally be accompanied by posters. Posters are particularly welcomed from Early Career Researchers (e.g. Masters or PhD Students).
  • Pre-Conference Workshops (abstracts of 750-1000 words) half day workshops related to the conference theme. Abstracts should include details of the audience, learning objectives and expected outcomes of the workshop. These workshops should be hands-on in nature. Please include any technical requirements. 

How to participate: Conference submissions will be managed in the Easy Chair conference system. If this is your first time submitting a proposal for a conference via EasyChair, you will first need to create an account:


Key Dates

  • Deadline for Proposals:  27th February 2022
  • Notification of acceptance:  25th April 2022


Programme Committee

  • Carmen Brando, Centre de recherches historiques, EHESS, France
  • Isabelle Devos, Quetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research, Ghent University, Belgium 
  • Margherita Fantoli, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Luis Ferla, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil  
  • Iason Jongepier, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Rebecca Kahn, University of Vienna, Austria 
  • Raquel Liceras-Garrido, Lancaster, UK 
  • Katie McDonough, Alan Turing Institute, UK 
  • Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh, US
  • Hector Orengo, Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica, Spain
  • Costas Papadopoulos, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands 
  • Johannes Scholz, TU Graz, Austria  
  • Rainer Simon, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria  
  • Joanna Taylor, University of Manchester, UK 
  • Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Valeria Vitale, Alan Turing Institute, UK 


For further information see: 

Contact details for informal enquiries:

Clariah-VLUniversity of AntwerpGhent University

Universidade Nova de LisboaLancaster University