Conference 2016

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Spatial Humanities 2016
Lancaster University
Lancaster, UK
15-16th Sept 2016

This major European conference is concerned with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other spatial technologies in humanities research. The main aim of the conference is to explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge that these technologies enable within and beyond the digital humanities.  We welcome submissions on all aspects of using GIS in humanities research from database development to applied research in which spatial technologies have made a contribution to understanding of the past.  We welcome contributions from all humanities disciplines including (but not limited to) history (including fields from social science history such as historical demography and environmental history), archaeology, literary studies, classics, linguistics and religious studies.  Contributions from PhD students are encouraged.  Non-speaking participants who are keen to learn what is happening in the field are also welcome.

How to participate: Submissions are now CLOSED.

– Deadline for applications: Closed.
– Author acceptance: 22nd April 2016.
– Registration: Please register HERE.
– Early registration closes: 1st September 2016.

Venue:  Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.  Lancaster can be easily accessed from Manchester or Liverpool Airports, the West Coast main railway line or the M6 motorway.  Direct trains from Manchester Airport take a little over an hour, the train from London takes around two and a half hours.  For more details on transport see:

Costs: The conference is sponsored by the European Research Council enabling us to keep costs low.  Registration will open on the date above.  Full early registration including teas & coffees and lunch on both days will cost £195 with a £95 student rate.  Day rates will cost £110 (full) and £55 (student) respectively.  Late registration prices will be announced nearer the time. Accommodation is available in the university and the city and should be booked separately once papers have been accepted.

Preliminary Timetable:


Registration will run from 8.30 on Thursday morning to the end of the lunch break.

Session Format: Each session is made up of four papers, each 15/20 minutes (approx.) with time for questions.

For informal enquiries contact:

Download a Conference Flyer.

Registration is still open for an accompanying workshop on GIS in the Digital Humanities takes place 14/09/2016. Register here.