Call for Contributions

We invite proposals in all areas of Digital Humanities research and related fields that work with digital methods, resources and data.

Special attention will be given to our conference theme: Data First!?

The digital turn is increasing the interest for data among the humanities. Data will be produced almost automatically regarding to methods like text recognition and text mining. On the one hand, the work with data offers new challenges for humanities scholars according to its quantity (keyword: Big Data) and its quality (the high error rate of produced data). On the other hand, it reveals unknown and exciting insights and analysis. Submissions according to this topic will be given preference.

Proposals can be submitted for paper presentations, panels, workshops, posters and demonstrations ("Tools Gallery"). 
Abstracts that will be uploaded at Conftool are considered as proposals.
Conference languages: German and English (no preference).
Please submit your contribution in your prefered presentation language.

Theme 1: Data First!?

The digital world of the humanities consists of digital corpora production and archiving, source-critical controlling, data analysis, interpretation and visualization. New methods, techniques and workflows will be developed for these processes. These diverse opportunities are the center of the conference and the call.

  • Definitions
  • Production
  • Data Quality
  • Analysis
  • Visualization
  • Archiving

Theme 2: DH @ academic disciplines

According to us, Digital Humanities isn't just an academic discipline. It is a label that describes the work with digital data and its methods in the field of humanities . Therefore, proposals from all fields of humanities and social sciences are welcome. These include for example:

  • Archaeology
  • Classical philology
  • Codicology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • Language
  • Law
  • Lexicology
  • Literature
  • Musicology
  • Pedagogy
  • Performing arts
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Visual arts

Theme 3: DH & infrastructures

Digital Humanities without a strong collaboration to research infrastructures are hardly conceivable. Therefore, submissions of the following research fields are also very welcome.

  • Archives, Libraries, Museums
  • Citizen Science
  • Crowd-Sourcing
  • Funding Agencies
  • Open Access
  • Repositories
  • Research Data Management
  • University Curricula
  • Virtual Research Environments

Theme 4: DH research challenges and applications

Digital Humanities in the narrow sense includes different methods and applications, which have to be developed for a successful scientific work. These include for example:

  • Automated Text Recognition
  • Authorship Attribution
  • eLearning
  • Network Analysis
  • (Big) Data Analysis
  • Named Entities Recognition
  • Named Entities Linking
  • Machine Learning
  • Visualization
  • Stylometry
  • Text Annotation
  • Topic Modelling
  • Post Correction

Theme 5: Digitization of cultural heritage/research data

The digitization of relevant sources in the scientific work of humanities and social sciences is the most important requirement of a successful digital-humanistic research. The characteristics of the sources, the used devices and the methods pose a challenge in particular.

  • Data mining
  • Noisy Data
  • Linked Open Data
  • GIS-Systems
  • Best practise projects
  • Archiving of Social Network-Corpora
  • Resource Types (3-D, Handwritten Material, Multimedia Material etc.)

We are looking forward to your submissions. Please submit your abstract at Conftool at the following link:


  • Presentations provide a glimpse of research results and current research projects
  • Proposal: Abstract of 700 words
  • Form: 20’ presentation and 10’ discussion

Panels (TBD)

  • Panels gather important actors of the DH for a specific topic and offer the opportunity for the audience to discuss controversy topics; Panels should not consist of participants of the same project!
  • Proposal: Panel abstract of max. 300 words; individual presentation abstract of 700 words
  • Form: max. 5 participants, 60’ panel discussion, 30’ Q&A from the audience


  • Workshops offer in-depth knowledge of dealing with methods and tools plus directly involve participants
  • Proposal: Abstract of 500 words
  • Form: 1.5-3h with limited number of participants
  • Please state special (technical) requirements in your abstract


  • Posters provide the opportunity to present not finished projects or detailed research results
  • Proposal: Abstract of 500 words
  • Form: A1 to A0 print out (please use recyclable materials)
  • 5’ presentation
  • Personal presence at the poster session on Tuesday, December the 5th, 2017

dha Tools Gallery (Demonstrations)

  • The dha Tools Gallery is the fixed point of every DHA conference
  • Proposal: Abstract of 500 words
  • Form: 5’ presentation
  • Personal presence at a dedicated stand for individual users on Tuesday, December the 5th, 2017


Submit your abstracts here:


  •  The program committee will review your submissions and deposit the results at Conftool.
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