Spatial Humanities 2020 & 2022

We regret to announce that Spatial Humanities 2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new dates will be the 23-24th September 2021. If you submitted an abstract for 2020 we will keep this on file, we will also be opening an additional CFP in the winter. The information below will be updated nearer the time.

We are delighted to be able to announce that Spatial Humanities 2022 will take place in Ghent in September 2022. More details will be released nearer the time.

Venue: NOVA-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

New Dates: 23-24th Sept 2021

We are delighted to announce that the third in the series of Spatial Humanities conferences will be held in Lisbon, 24-25th September 2020. Spatial Humanities 2020 is concerned with exploring what geospatial technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have to contribute to humanities research. The main aim is to explore and demonstrate the contributions to knowledge enabled by these technologies, approaches and methods within and beyond the digital humanities. We welcome submissions on all aspects of using geospatial technologies in humanities research, including database development, methodological innovation and applied research that develops our understanding of the geographies 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, art history, anthropology and religious studies, as well as from technical fields including GISc, digital humanities, computational linguistics and computer science. Contributions from PhD students are encouraged and bursaries are available (see below). Non-speaking participants are also welcome.

Keynote speakers:

We also have a scientific committee made up of Spatial Humanities experts from across the world.

Student fee waivers: We are delighted to offer up to four student fee waivers to PhD students who are sole or lead authors of a paper. Applications will be considered by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the quality of the abstract. To apply simply check the appropriate box on the conference abstract submission form.

Venue: NOVA-FCSH venue in Campolide is easily accessible from Lisbon International Airport, and from there using the Metro red line. In 20 minutes, you can reach São Sebastião station and from there a 15 minutes’ walk will take you to NOVA-FCSH campus on Colégio Almada Negreiros (CAN), Campolide. For more information see: | Location on Google Maps

Call for papers: An additional call will be made nearer the time. We will keep abstracts submitted in 2020 on file.

Costs: Full registration including teas & coffees and lunch on both days, plus the conference dinner on the 24th, costs €195, reduced to €95 for students. Day rates are €110 (full) and €55 (student) respectively. Accommodation is available in the city and should be booked separately once papers have been accepted.

Download a conference flyer

Contact details for informal enquiries:

Conference Organisers:
Daniel Alves, NOVA-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Ian Gregory, Lancaster University

Scientific Committee:
David Bodenhamer, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Isabelle Devos, University of Gent
Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, University of Central Florida
Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh
Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Lancaster University
Enrique Santos Unamuno, Universidad de Extremadura
Luis Silveira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


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