CfP: Data for History 2020: Modelling Time, Space, Agents 

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Data for History 2020: Modelling Time, Space, Agents 

Call for papers

28-29 May 2020, Berlin (Germany)

Participants at the first Data for History workshop – Lyon, 24. November 2017.
(Thomas Hänsli, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

The Data for History consortium invites proposals for its first annual conference, which will be held May 28-29, 2020 at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

The effects of the growing integration of digital tools and methods in historical research make the issues of interoperability of data produced in different projects and domains (archives, museums, etc.), and their reuse in the context of open science and FAIR principles (data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) ever more pressing.

In fact, we are at a turning point in historical research: The change from a primarily analogue based to a primarily digital based working context requires a major reconsideration of the very foundations of our field. Historians have to consciously think through how this change affects their practices and determine the means to best form this new, digital working environment to facilitate the ends of historical research.

This question becomes particularly clear in the context of datafication, the conversion of analogue information into digital data. In this process, fundamental decisions are taken whose outcomes will determine not only the fidelity of the representation of the primary sources but the reusability of that data into the future. Data modelling decisions taken today will deeply shape and affect the kind of research that will or will not be feasible tomorrow. The challenge is, thus, to make modelling choices in such a way that the highest possible degree of data reusability and sustainability can be guaranteed, while respecting the particular source modelled as well as the specific nature of historical data, such as ambiguity, uncertainty, incompleteness, and change over time.

This conference will explore the process of data modelling and its implications for future research practices, focussing on three fundamental categories of historical research: time, space and agents.

In this context, time can be understood as astronomical time, as socially constructed or measured, but also as expressed in the form of temporal relations, events, durations and rhythms, synchronous or asynchronous, etc. The category of space may include concrete physical places, territories and their borders as well as spatial relations and arrangements but also conceptual or imaginary places and mental maps. The concept of agents, meanwhile, may refer to persons, but also groups of persons like families, officeholders or informal communities, as well as institutions and other entities that produce changes over time by taking action.

We are looking for different approaches on how to model these historical fundamentals. We will analyse in depth the use of more or less established models and standards like CIDOC CRM and EDTF, but also want to explore new models, ideas and methods. Moreover, it will be essential to include critical accounts from concrete projects, focussing on the possibilities and limitations of these different methods and approaches.

Overall, the conference aims to build a better insight into current ideas and practices in modelling time, space and agents as historical data and to assess the implications of these choices on the process of historical research and analysis.

We invite historians, computer scientists, data and information specialists, as well as research software engineers, designers and cultural heritage experts working on data modelling for historical sources to present their work at the conference. We welcome presentations regarding theoretical considerations concerning these or related questions, introducing methodologies or presenting case studies on the application of those approaches to concrete research projects and sharing their experiences and challenges.

The conference will be followed by the annual meeting of the Data for History consortium (, an international community aiming to establish a common method for modelling, curating and managing data in historical research.

The publication of selected papers is intended.


Submissions may include:

  • Papers: 15-minute presentations followed by discussion (abstract 750-1000 words)
  • Posters: Call with selection. Posters already submitted in other conferences (please mention it in the summary) are admitted (abstract 250-500 words)

All proposals should include relevant citations to sources in the appropriate literature. Citations are not to be included in the word count.

Submit a Proposal:


The conference organiser will offer a limited number of bursaries for PhD students and early-career scholars presenting at the conference.

Scientific committee

  • Francesco Beretta (CNRS/Université de Lyon)
  • George Bruseker (
  • Arianna Ciula (King’s College London)
  • Sebastiaan Derks (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
  • Antske Fokkens (VU Amsterdam)
  • Charles van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam)
  • Solenn Huitric (Université de Lyon)
  • Georg Vogeler (Universität Graz)
  • Torsten Hiltmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Important dates

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2020
Notification of acceptance: 31 March
Camera-ready for the summary: 1 May

Conference: 28/29 May

Conference Venue

Humboldt University of Berlin
Banquet Hall
Luisenstraße 56
10115 Berlin



Torsten Hiltmann
Professor of Digital History
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
Humboldt University of Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D – 10099 Berlin


Francesco Beretta
Head of Digital History Research Team
14, Avenue Berthelot
F – 69363 Lyon CEDEX 07


The Reshuffling of Middle Eastern Identities in the Age of Nationalism: Insights from 19th-Century Travelogues, by Deniz Kilincoglu & Jörg Wettlaufer @Vienna

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Deniz Kilincoglu und ich haben gerade unser Projekt „Travels in the 19th century Ottoman Empire“ auf der Tagung  „On the Way into the Unknown? Comparative Perspectives on the ‚Orient‘ in (Early) Modern Travelogues“ in Wien, die vom 28.-30.11.2019 am Institut für Neuzeit und Zeitgeschichtsforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften stattfindet, vorgestellt. Hier sind die Folien des zweiten Teil unseres Vortrags, der sich mit den Tools und den Plänen für ein Text Mining Portal für Reiseberichte ins Osmanische Reich im langen 19. Jahrhundert beschäftigt.

“Digital History: Konzepte, Methoden und Kritiken digitaler Geschichtswissenschaften”, Göttingen, 16.-18.3.2020. Vorläufiges Tagungsprogramm #digihist2020.

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Göttingen, 16.-18.3.2020
SUB Historisches Gebäude, Papendiek 14,
Alfred-Hessel Saal.

Veranstaltet von der AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft im VHD; Organisiert von: Karoline Döring, (München); Stefan Haas (Göttingen); Mareike König (Paris), Jörg Wettlaufer (Göttingen); Wissenschaftlicher Beirat: Andreas Fickers, Gudrun Gersmann, Simone Lässig, Malte Rehbein, Patrick Sahle, Charlotte Schubert, Georg Vogeler.


Programm (vorläufig)                                                         Stand: 8.6.19

Montag, 16.3.2020

9h00-13h00 Pre-Conference „Hands-On-Programmier-Workshop”

Martin Dröge (Paderborn), Ramon Voges (Leipzig):
Python: Web scraping und Natural Language Processing

13h00-14h00 Mittagspause (Selbstzahler)

14h00 Einleitung und Eröffnung der Tagung

Karoline Döring (München), Stefan Haas (Göttingen), Mareike König (Paris), Jörg Wettlaufer (Göttingen)

14h30-15h30 Eröffnungsvortrag (Keynote)
Thorsten Hiltmann (Münster): Vom Medienwandel zum Methodenwandel. Die Digitalisierung der Geschichtswissenschaft in historischer Perspektive

15h30-16h00 Kaffeepause

16h00-17h30 Panel 1 “Neue Methoden der Digital History I”

Katrin Moeller (Halle-Wittenberg): Die Modellierung des zeitlichen Vergleichs als Kernkompetenz von Digital History im digitalen Methodenturn (Vom vormodernen Stand zum modernen Beruf?)

Leif Scheuermann (Graz): Simulation als historische Methode

Tobias Hodel (Zürich): Die Maschine und die Geschichtswissenschaft:

Einfluss des maschinellen Lernens auf eine Disziplin

17h30-18h00 Pause

18h00 Abendvortrag (Keynote)
Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg): Digitale Hermeneutik und Geschichtswissenschaft

20h00 Empfang

Dienstag, 17.3.2020

9h00-10h30 Panel 2 “Digitale Praktiken in der Reflexion”

Silke Schwandt (Heidelberg): Digital History – Digital Practices. Digitale Praktiken als Selbstreflexion in der Geschichtswissenschaft

Moritz Feichtinger (Zürich): Daten und ihre Basis: Chancen und Probleme beim Umgang mit originär digitalen Quellen

Anna Aschauer/Monika Barget/aap Geraerts/Demival Vasques Filho (Mainz): Datenambiguität und Ergebnistransparenz in historischen Visualisierungsverfahren

10h30-11h00 Kaffeepause

11h00-12h30 Panel 3 “Lehre und Public History”

Lara Mührenberg/Ute Verstegen (Erlangen-Nürnberg): Christliche Archäologie im „inverted classroom“ – Innovative Lehre für die Generation Z

Dr. Hendrikje Carius/Christiane Kuller/Patrick Rössler/René Smolarski, (Erfurt): Aufbau einer projektübergreifenden Citizen-Science-Plattform für die Geisteswissenschaften

Dr. Doris Tausendfreund (Berlin): Narratologie im digitalen Zeitalter, neue Publikationsformen, Public History

12h30-13h30 Mittagspause / Lunch

13h30-15h00 Panel 4 “Neue Methoden der Digital History II”

Christopher Banditt (Potsdam): Die Rekonstruktion der materiellen Ausstattung von Haushalten in Ostdeutschland 1980–2000. Ein Beispiel für quantitative und digitale Methoden in den Geschichtswissenschaften

Florian Windhager/Eva Mayr (Krems)/Matthias Schlögl/Maximilian Kaiser (Wien): Visuelle Analyse und Kuratierung von Biographiedaten

Robert Gramsch-Stehfest/Clemens Beck/Clemens Beckstein/Christian Knüpfer (Jena): Digitale Prosopographie. Automatisierte Auswertung und Netzwerkanalyse eines Quellenkorpus zur Geschichte gelehrter deutscher Eliten des 15. Jahrhunderts

15h00-15h30 Kaffeepause

15h30-16h30 Panel 5 “Digitale Editionen”

Roman Bleier/Christopher Pollin/Georg Vogeler (Graz): „Ich glaube, Fakt ist…“: der geschichtswissenschaftliche Zugang zum Edieren

Tobias Simon/Sven Pagel/Anna-Lena Körfer (Mainz): Modellierung und Vergleich des klassischen und digitalen Editionsprozesses – Ergebnisse aus sechs internationalen Workshops

16h30-17h30 Keynote 3

N.N.: Keynote Digitale Lehre

19:00 Uhr (Abendessen – Selbstzahler)

Mittwoch, 18.3.2020

9h00-10h30 Panel 6 “Geschichtswissenschaft online: Praktiken und Inhaltsanalyse”

Melanie Althage (Münster): Trends und Entwicklungen der historischen Fachkommunikation im Spiegel von H-Soz-Kult

Mareike König (Paris): Die twitternde Zunft: Analyse von Twitterverhalten und Tweets bei den Historikertagen 2012 bis 2018

Oliver Kiechle (Düsseldorf): “One person’s data is another person’s noise.” Flame Wars, SPAM und Bots in Born Digital Sources

10h30-11h00 Kaffeepause

11h00-12h30 Panel 7 “Theorie und Praxis der Visualisierungen und Narrative”

Sarah-Mai Dang (Marburg): Digitale Datenbanken und Narrative in der Filmgeschichtsschreibung

Gerben Zaagsma (Luxembourg): Visualising early music recording landscapes and networks: the case of the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv

Stefan Haas/Christian Wachter (Göttingen): Visual Heuristics. Mit Datenvisualisierungen das Close Reading vorstrukturieren

12h30-13h30 Mittagspause (Selbstzahler)

13h30-16h30 Barcamp Digital History

13h30-13h45 Begrüßung und Erklärung

13h45-14h00 Vorstellungsrunde

14h00-14h15 Sessionplanung

14h15-15h00 Sessionrunde I

15h00-15h15 Pause

15h15-16h00 Sessionrunde II

16h00-16h45 Sessionrunde III

16h45-17h30 Abschlussdiskussion

CfP: Doctoral Symposium on Research on Online Databases in History (RODBH 2019), April 4th.-5th. 2019 at Leipzig

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The doctoral symposium deals with research on online databases in the academic field of history. It gathers Ph.D. students from the Humanities, Computer Science and Digital Humanities who are using Semantic Web technologies and are concerned with Ontology building in their projects. The Doctoral Symposium will provide students with:

– a scientific environment within an interdisciplinary and international forum to present their research;
– a discussion platform concerning research and methodologies; and further issues
– an overview of the breadth and depth of Data for History;
– feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty;
– the opportunity to obtain insight into directions for research on online databases in History taken by other doctoral candidates;
– an opportunity to network with peers and future colleagues

The doctoral symposium is hosted by the Leipzig University of Applied Science, Faculty of Informatics and Media (HTWK) as part of the research project “Early Modern Professorial Career Patterns – Methodological research on online databases of academic history”[1], in cooperation with the European Consortium on “Data for History”[2]. A general meeting of the DfH Consortium is part of the workshop and includes the application of “OntoMe – Ontology Management Environment”[3], a platform to design vocabularies using ontologies contributed by the participating Ph.D. students.

Submission, Eligibility and Review Criteria
The paper submission to the doctoral symposium is open only to Doctoral or Ph.D. Students. Accepted papers for the Doctoral Symposium must be presented by the student, for which accommodation and participation are funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Travel expenses are reimbursed pro rata.
Submissions will be judged mainly on relevance, originality, technical quality and clarity. Papers must be written in English and be between 4 and 8 pages in length, following the LNI (“Lecture Notes in Informatics”[4]) templates in Word or LaTeX provided by the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. . It is planned to publish the peer-reviewed papers.
The contributions may include a vocabulary of the applied research vocabulary under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License („Public License“), if available in RDF format. All papers should be submitted using “EasyChair”[5].

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1st, 2019
  • Doctoral Symposium: April 4th to April 5th, 2019


  • Thomas Riechert (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany,
  • Francesco Beretta (CNRS, Le Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes, France)
  • George Bruseker (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Institute of Computer Science, CCI, Greece)

Organizing Committee

  • Edgard Marx (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany,
  • Jennifer Blanke (Herzog-August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany,
  • Vincent Alamercery (École normale supérieure de Lyon, France,

Tagung: „Histoire, langues et textométrie“, 16.-18. Januar 2019, Paris

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Ich möchte auf diese interessante Tagung, die im Januar in Paris an der Sorbonne I stattfindet, hinweisen, die eine äußerst spannende Thematik an der Schnittstelle zwischen Geschichtswissenschaft, Sprache und text mining bespielt. Mehr Informationen gibt es unter dem folgenden Link:

„On January 16-18 2019, the Pireh (Pôle informatique de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Histoire – Université Paris 1) is organizing at the Sorbonne a conference on the relationships between History, language and text analysis.

The goal of this conference is to explore the present uses of statistical and computational analysis of texts in history. Recent intellectual and technical developments invite us to rethink and redefine the way these tools can be used by historians, whether for combining history and linguistics, exploring or mining massive textual sources, or for enriching more traditional historical methods.

We hope the conference will lead to fruitful discussions between historians of all periods, and more broadly between the disciplines interested in text analysis (linguistics, sociology, literary studies, mathematics, computer sciences, etc.).“