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Special Session:
Digital Humanities : Spatial Perspectives

Within the Humanities, various directions of spatial turns are currently being discussed. These theoretical debates in the Social Sciences and beyond have received a boost from “Digital Humanities” initiatives across the globe. This goes hand-in-hand with new research approaches that use geospatial information and computing technologies as digital research infrastructures and data repositories, and as analysis and communication toolsets. Starting from a predominantly quantitative perspective, several qualitative approaches have evolved facilitating closer cooperation with mainstream Social Sciences.

Within the GI_Forum 2018 the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities together with the GIScience Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences organize a 2-day special symposium exploring the state of the art and discussing future research directions leveraging the role of geoinformation in the humanities. Theoretical, technical as well as empirical work is welcomed from a broad variety of disciplinary background such as, but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Image Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography
  • Ethnology
  • History
  • Lexicology and Lexicography
  • Media Studies
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • and other Social Sciences

Furthermore, we invite to offer proposals to foster discussion on spatially enabled learning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and on theoretical concepts of space relevant to digital humanities.

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)

Please note that the Call for Papers is closed  - sorry you missed it!

Deadline for Poster submission is May 1, 2018.


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper or poster. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website until Feb. 1, 2018 and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Authors of accepted full and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers in the special symposium. Full and short papers will be published as a section in the GI-Forum Journal (issue 2, 2018, Open Access). We also invite contributions to a poster session to be held within the symposium. For guidelines on submission, please visit > author ressources.

Besides the special symposium organized as paper session we will suggest opportunities for further exchange, project drafting or discussing potential joint publications in an informal workshop format.

Accepted full and short papers will be published in a special section in the issue 2/2018 of the Open Access GI_Forum Journal. Posters will be published online through the conference website.

Conference Registration


Please contact Thomas Jekel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Salzburg) and Eveline Wandl-Vogt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ACDH) in case you have any questions.





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