Spatial Humanities 2018

conference in action

Dr Raquel Liceras-Garrido reports:Last week, Lancaster University hosted the Spatial Humanities 2018, organised by the Digital Humanities Hub.

More than 70 speakers from around the world participated in 17 sessions across 3 strands, discussing the use of geospatial technologies in humanities research, including database development, methodological innovation and applied research that improves our understanding of the geographies of the past.

The conference was framed between two inspiring keynotes. Patricia Murrieta-Flores’ (Digital Humanities Hub and History Department, Lancaster University) keynote opened the forum, reflecting on decolonising spatial thinking in Humanities and the need to get involved as humanists in the development of the digital tools that we use in research. To close the exhilarating debates which arose during the two days, David Bodenhamer (The Polis Center, Indiana Purdue University) pointed out the lessons to be learned in Humanities research and proposed an agenda of action for the Spatial Humanities.

From our own History Department, two projects presented promising results: Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities and Digging into Early Colonial Mexico

Follow the discussions on #SHums2018.

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