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Humanist Archives: March 10, 2023, 6:05 a.m. Humanist 36.430 - events cfp: networks and complexity in the humanities (Helsinki)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 430.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
                      Hosted by DH-Cologne
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        Date: 2023-03-09 16:18:16+00:00
        From: Tom Brughmans <>
        Subject: CFP The Connected Past 2023 Helsinki

Call for Papers
The Connected Past – Helsinki, 12-15 September 2023

Theme: Digital Methods for Studying Networks and Complexity in the Humanities

CFP deadline 16 April

The last decade has seen an explosion in the application of digital methods in
the humanities from LiDAR scanning of archaeological features, 3D models for
visualizing artefacts, to network science applications for exploring interaction
and mobility, and even textual data. Despite many cross-disciplinary successes,
the reality remains that many of these new tools of analysis are borrowed from
other disciplines - computer science, sociology, physics, and/or ecology –
highlighting the need for building cross-disciplinary bridges. This is
especially true for historians and archaeologists working diachronically across
large geographic areas and time periods, with incomplete and fragmentary data
requiring thinking outside the box. This conference aims to do just that, with a
focus on recent and current work conducted on the east Mediterranean and the
ancient Near East.

By bringing together scholars from a wide range of fields and academic
disciplines, our goal is to engage in friendly and informal dialogue on the
application of digital methods for studying networks and complexity in past
societies. In addition to the two days of talks, we also offer a series of
hands-on workshops in the two days leading up to the conference, through which
you can further develop your skills and broaden your digital horizons.
Although our focus is on the eastern Mediterranean and the ancient Near East, we
welcome any contribution that discuss, address, and/or explore historical and
archaeological networks from a wide range of digital perspectives. What new
approaches or tools have you been using to explore your data and what
collaborations (if any) did you find most fruitful in this goal?
Contributions can include, but are not limited to:

-       New digital methods or tools for studying historical, archaeological, or
lexical datasets
-       Modelling - spatial, statistical, material datasets
-       Geospatial analysis, methods, and applications
-       Exploring trade routes, mobility, interaction, migration of people,
things and ideas
-       Integration of spatial and material datasets
-       Diachronic, multi-scalar analyses using digital methods
-       Traditional SNA applied to historical datasets
-       Agent Based Modelling (ABM)
-       Digital materiality
-       Text mining and analysis
-       Novel visualization methods and analysis of datasets
-       Digital methods and community archaeology/heritage management in the
Middle East
-       ANE imperial dynamics and social networks

Please submit your abstract (max. 300 words) to by 16 April 2023. Unsure if your paper topic 
would be a good fit? Send us an email, and we will be happy to clarify.

Connected Past 2023 will take place at the University of Helsinki from 12-15
September. Conference registration will open in May, with more detailed
information on offered workshops. We endeavour to provide fair and accessible
registration fees. Registration costs will range from 25-50 euros
(concessionary, regular).

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