CfP: Spatial & Digital History network (ESSHC 2020)

Call for papers, deadline 15 April 2019

This network is concerned with using digital technologies to study the past. It has a particular emphasis on the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial History but all IT-based approaches are welcome. The network welcomes papers that are concerned with digital sources, methodologies and applied scholarship. 

Doug Brown
Kingston University, Surrey, UK
Michal Gochna
Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences
Ivo Zandhuis
Ivo Zandhuis Research & Consultancy, Netherlands
Douwe Zeldenrust
Meertens Institute, Amsterdam

Call for Papers

Spatial & Digital History network

European Social Science History Conference 2020

18 – 21 March 2020, Leiden, The Netherlands


Deadline: 15 April 2019


The Spatial & Digital History network welcomes papers on all aspects of the use of new technologies to study the past. These include:

  • History and computing
  • Digital history and digital humanities
  • Historical GIS (geographic information systems)
  • Spatial humanities

Themes of particular relevance include – but are not limited to – the following: 

  • Urban history
  • Historical demography
  • Textual analysis and other qualitative sources
  • Network analysis
  • European data infrastructure and integration
  • Crowdsourcing historical data
  • 3D modelling of history and heritage
  • Histories of health and mortality
  • Transport history
  • Rural and environmental history
  • Religious history
  • The creation, curation and dissemination of humanities digital resources
  • The future of digital history
  • Big data and born-digital data


Please propose individual papers or panel sessions (up to four papers) at:  

Please note: The Spatial & Digital History network will not accept proposals for all-male panels. We encourage speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

For more information on the ESSHC’s Spatial & Digital History network:  

For more information on the conference:  

Please contact the network chairs with any queries:

Douglas Brown, Kingston University, UK: sends e-mail)

Douwe Zeldenrust, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam: sends e-mail)

Ivo Zandhuis, Ivo Zandhuis Research & Consultancy, Netherlands: sends e-mail)

Michał Gochna, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences: sends e-mail)

We look forward to seeing you in Leiden.