CfP: Digital Atlases of Historical Sources in Eastern and Central Europe - methods and practices.
Call for papers: European Social Science History Conference, Vienna 2014,
Session proposal
Title: Digital Atlases of Historical Sources in Eastern and Central Europe - methods and practices.

Within the last decades the trends in computer technology - introducing spatiotemporal databases and GIS tools into humanities - have created a new and interesting perspective for the edition of historical sources. This concerns the written materials in the same degree as the cartographic or iconographic sources. Geographical space became a suitable and easily applicable framework for the humanistic research (“spatial humanities”), which enables integration of the large data collections and which conditions the future syntheses dealing with the historical and social phenomena. Informatics platforms prepared with the use of geographical information systems toolkits and spatiotemporal databases present the results of historical research.
More and more often they can serve as a method of presenting and publishing of the historical sources in a digital form (“digital humanities”). This way of proceeding allows to create and build the common platforms for the digitized materials (scans, photos), a critical edition of texts and data collections based on these sources. The next steps are the geospatial and multi-layer analyses grounded on the information derived from this data and visualization of scientific output as graphs, charts, series of thematic maps or time-line presentations of the investigated factors. Linking digital humanities with the so called “spatial turn” provokes a discussion around the new methods of gathering, ordering and editing of historical sources.

Examples of themes:

1. Between digital and spatial humanities – practices and methods.

2. Historical GIS and Spatiotemporal Databases.

3. Electronic editions of tax registers.

4. Population history digital collections.

5. Confessional and denominational registers (for example canonical visitations).

6. Geohistorical dictionaries, gazetteers and lists of places.

7. Historical narratives and non-spatial texts as GIS data source.

8. Old maps and plans in digital applications.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less to panel organizers (until May 8):

  • Bogumił Szady, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (,
  • Marcus Naser, Würzburg University (
  • Michael Schmitt, Würzburg University (

Abstracts should be in English, as this is the conference language.
Date: 2013-04-22