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Call for papers

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as an opportunity and a challenge for digital history

Exploring approaches to maps, aerial photographs and spatial statistics

Christian Lotz, Dariusz Gierczak, Barbara Fichtl

Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association

14/15 September 2017, Marburg (Germany)

Deadline: 3 August 2017

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide a wide variety of opportunities for historical research. Gathering, exploring and visualizing large amounts of data, GIS open new perspectives on the spatial dimensions of history. At the same time, debates about the methodological frameworks and challenges of using GIS in the humanities are at high tide. Driven by the impulses of Critical Geography and Critical Cartography, the debates focus on the reliability and comparability of sources that were produced decades or even centuries ago, as well as the concepts and categories which are applied to phenomena of different time periods and regional contexts.

Taking up the challenge, the Herder Institute invites young scholars to present their own research projects at a workshop in Marburg, Germany. The presentations should focus on one or more of the following aspects:

  • What were the expectations of using GIS at the beginning of the historical research project, what were the (expected and unexpected) results and what challenges occurred during the project?
  • How did existing metadata structures for sources such as historical maps, aerial photographs or spatial statistics facilitate or hinder the processing and analysis of the material?
  • To what extent did the applied GIS succeed in managing historical varieties of spatial data (shifting borders, changing administrative entities, varying historical concepts) as well as different scales and qualities of maps and/or aerial photographs?

The Herder Institute welcomes PhD- and postdoc-projects to be presented at the workshop. The projects may focus on East Central Europe or other regions in Europe or the World. The projects should deal with early modern or modern time periods, i.e., between 1500 and the present day.

Please send your proposal no later than 3 August 2017 to: dariusz.gierczak@herder-institut.de

Your proposal may be in English or German and should include the following information: your name; a project title; an abstract of about 200 words; a short biographical note of 100 words; and your contact details. All this information should be submitted in a single PDF.

We will notify all successful workshop participants about the workshop programme seven days after the deadline.

As the workshop is part of the project on "Conceptualizing digital access to aerial photography", generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Herder Institute will cover travel and accommodation costs for all workshop participants.

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