Call for Abstracts: History goes Digital

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History goes Digital – Scope and limitations of digital historical research

Workshop of the network „Digital Humanities München“ ( in Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
July 21st, 2017

Due to the narrative representation of their results, it is a common assumption that history and art history have much use for mathematical methods, let alone computer technology. Nevertheless, the science of history has worked early on with numbers, data and statistics – in short: formal methods – as seen in the field of social history. The advancement of computer technology has accelerated the development of these methods. Also, the availability of analytical tools and the related computer software has greatly increased. New methods of network analysis, visualization and big data promise great research opportunities. But can these promises be fulfilled and will they improve on existing paradigms?

The dhmuc-workshop „Scope and limitations of digital methods in historical research“ will examine this question. One major purpose of the workhsop is to discuss the topic from the viewpoint of methodological critique: Can formal methods deliver what they promise in science of history? Have the historical research methods improved or are we just witnessing a another iteration of the positivism dispute? Does the interdisciplinary collaboration with informatics follow different paths than that with data affine social science?

This workshop’s main topics include:

  • Sciences of history and art as data science
  • Big data in sciences of history and art
  • Historical Record Linkage
  • Visualization of historical data, especially spatial and temporal data, digital maps and geo-information systems
  • Historical network research
  • methodological critique

Please send your abstract (1000-1500 characters = ca. 1 page in length) to by May 02, 2017 at the latest.

Accepted conference languages are German and English.
Ph.D. students whose proposal has been accepted are eligible for a reimbursement of travel expenses up to 200 €.

Publication: We intend to publish an online proceedings volume. The articles will be peer reviewed before publication (“blind review”).

Contact for further questions on the workshop: Eckhart Arnold (