Call for Papers


We are very pleased to invite you to contribute to the 10th edition of the DH Benelux Conference, which will take place in Belgium at KBR – the Royal Library of Belgium from 31 May -2 June, 2023. The annual DH Benelux conference serves as a platform for the community of interdisciplinary Digital Humanities researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate tools and projects. This year’s central theme is ‘Crossing Borders’. You can find the complete Call for Papers below.

Submissions can be made here via Easychair.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: Tuesday 31 January Tuesday 7 February 2023 (23:59 CET)
  • Notification of acceptance: Wednesday 1 March 2023
  • Conference: 31 May – 2 June 2023 – in Brussels and streaming online

    Note that one author must attend in person to present the contribution.

Description

The call is open to all colleagues working in the Arts & Humanities, the (Social) Sciences, and the Heritage Sector with an interest and enthusiasm in the application and use of digital technologies. Submissions are welcome from researchers at all career stages. We particularly encourage early stage researchers (MA/PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) to submit abstracts. In addition, we welcome humanities scholars, developers, computer and information scientists as well as art galleries, librarians, archivists and museum curators (GLAM).

Language

We accept abstracts written in English (preferred) and in any official language of the Benelux.

Theme

We invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of Digital Humanities: practical experimentation, theorizing, cross- and multidisciplinary work, and new and relevant developments. This year, the conference’s central theme is “Crossing borders: digital humanities research across languages and modalities”. Of particular interest are contributions that consider multilingualism and/or integrated processing of sources in different forms as images, maps, sounds texts and datasets.

Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Digital Humanities at the intersection of disciplines within and beyond the arts and humanities.
  • Digital approaches to Intertextuality.
  • Multilingualism and/or multiculturalism from a digital humanities perspective.
  • Spatial Humanities, GIS, (historical) map processing, gazetteers.
  • Diachronic and evolutionary perspectives on society and culture from a digital humanities perspective.
  • Multimodal analysis of digital/digitized heritage material.
  • Critical, data-driven studies on the spread and trajectories of (dis- and mis)information, ideologies and/or the development of bias within and across communities.
  • Humanities research enabled by digital approaches, including but not limited to digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media, internet language, memes; digital games and cyberculture; digital media, digitization, curation of (born-)digital objects.
  • Integrating (and/or discussing the challenges of integrating) quantitative, statistical and computational methods and techniques into the Arts and Humanities.
  • Dissemination of digital infrastructures, data, software, and/or research output in and beyond knowledge institutions.
  • Software studies, information design and tool criticism.
  • Digital Humanities in relation to pedagogy, teaching, and digital literacy.
  • Digital scholarly editing and ePublications.
  • Open Science in the Digital Humanities.
  • Citizen science, participatory research methods, and other forms of public engagement.
  • Project introductions.

Formats

For DH Benelux 2023, we welcome five types of proposals: (1) long papers; (2) short papers; (3) posters; (4) application and tool demonstrations; and (5) workshops. Abstracts should clearly state the title of the presentation and the names and affiliations of the authors and the presenters. If applicable, please include your Twitter username and ORCID. Please indicate for which category (or categories) of presentation you are submitting your proposal. The word length is dependent on the proposal type, see details below. References and/or bibliography are excluded from the word count. The reviewers will take word length into account. Proposals may contain graphics and illustrations.

  • Long papers (abstracts of 1000-1500 words, paper presentation 20 mins + 10 mins for discussion) are suitable for presenting empirical work, theorizing, cross- and multidisciplinary work, research methods and concise theoretical arguments. The research presented in a long paper should be completed or in the final stages of development. The research’s stage of completion must be clearly stated in the abstract.
  • Short papers (abstracts of 750-1000 words, paper presentation 10 mins + 5 mins for discussion) are well-suited for reporting on early stage and ongoing research, as well as new project presentations, technical details and the results of practical experimentation and proof of concepts.
  • Posters (abstracts of 500-750 words) are particularly suited for detailed technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects and research alike.
  • Demonstrations (abstracts of 500-750 words) of prototypes, work-in-progress or finished software, hardware technology, tools, datasets, digital publications and so forth. Demonstrations take place in parallel to poster sessions, and are meant to be interactive.
  • Workshops (abstracts of 1000-1500 words) are self-organized tracks running parallel to the main program, on the first day of the conference. Workshop proposals are welcome on relevant topics and/or innovative approaches/tools/techniques. Workshops can be organized to run in hybrid, in-person or fully virtual mode, at the discretion of the organizers.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the DH Benelux 2023 Programme Committee and published on the DH Benelux 2023 website. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full research article for the DH Benelux Journal. A separate call for journal submissions will be made after the conference.

Submission

Submissions can be made here via Easychair.

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated according to: relevance, clarity, novelty and contribution.

Disclaimer: the DH Benelux 2023 conference is not hybrid. Organizers will arrange an option for online attendance, but minimally one speaker per submission is required to attend in person to present.