Call for papers

The call is open to all colleagues working in the humanities or 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. We welcome humanities scholars, developers, computer and information scientists as well as librarians, archivists and museum curators. The conference has a focus on recent advances concerning research activities in the Benelux as well as data or research projects related to Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

This year’s theme is Integrating Digital Humanities. This implies that we encourage you to reflect in your submission, in a critical and self-reflexive way, on how the digital turn affects knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities and heritage sector.


The preferred language of the conference is English. Proposals, presentations and posters in any language in the Benelux will be accepted; note, however, that this will likely limit the impact of your message.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts:  15 February 2018, 23:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday 9 April 2018
  • Conference: 6-8 June, 2018

Call details

We invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities: practical experimentation, theorising, cross- and multidisciplinary work, new and relevant developments. Given this year’s theme we especially welcome submissions that focus, in a critical and self-reflexive way, on how the digital turn affects knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities and heritage sector. Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Critical study and digital hermeneutical approaches in the humanities
  • Humanities research enabled by digital approaches: digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games and cyberculture; Digital media, digitisation, curation of digital objects; Geo-humanities, spatial analysis and applications of GIS for Humanities research
  • Computational tools: text mining and data mining; design and application of algorithms for analysis and visualisation methods; Applications of Linked Open Data; stylometry, topic modeling, sentiment mining
  • Social and economic aspects of digitality and digital humanities
  • Pedagogy, teaching, and dissemination of digital humanities
  • Data: Big Data, data modeling, data criticism
  • Software studies, information design and tool criticism.
  • Digital scholarly editing and ePublications
  • Virtual Research Environments / Research Infrastructures

 More information about this CfP and about DHBenelux2018, can be found at the website.


CLARIN ERIC is happy to announce the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018 and calls for the submission of extended abstracts.

CLARIN is a research infrastructure that makes digital language resources available to scholars, researchers, students and citizen-scientists from all disciplines, coordinates work on collecting language resources and tools, and offers advanced tools to discover, explore, exploit, annotate, analyse or combine such datasets, wherever they are located.


The 7th CLARIN Annual Conference will be held in Pisa, Italy.



17 January 2018 First call published and submission system open
16 April 2018 Submission deadline
2 July 2018 Notification of acceptance
10 September 2018 Final version of extended abstracts due
8–10 October 2018 CLARIN Annual Conference

More information on the CLARIN-EU website.

logo clarin nlThe book CLARIN in the Low Countries  has been published by Ubiquity Press, and has been assigned its citation:

Odijk, J. and van Hessen, A. (eds.) CLARIN in the Low Countries. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: License: CC-BY 4.0

The DOI is a link to the digital version of the book. Individual chapters can be reached from there.

Individual chapters have their own DOI, of the form  where c is the chapter number, e.g.  

This book describes the results of activities undertaken to construct the CLARIN research infrastructure in the Low Countries, i.e., in the Netherlands and in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium).

CLARIN is a European research infrastructure for humanities and social science researchers that work with natural language data. This book introduces the CLARIN infrastructure, describes various aspects of the technical implementation of the infrastructure, and introduces data, applications and software services created in the Low Countries for a wide variety of humanities disciplines. These enable researchers to accelerate their research activities and to base their conclusions on a much larger and richer empirical base than was possible before, thus providing a basis for carrying out groundbreaking research in which old questions can be investigated in new ways and new questions can be raised and investigated for the first time.

Given CLARIN’s focus on language data, linguistics and particularly syntax are prominently present. However, other humanities disciplines that work with natural language data such as history, literary studies, religion studies, media studies, political studies, and philosophy are represented as well. The book is a must read for humanities scholars and students who want to understand and use the potential that the Digital Humanities offer, as well as for computer scientists and developers of research infrastructures, in particular for researchers working on the CLARIN infrastructure in other countries.

A colloquium held at: DANS (Netherlands institute for permanent access to digital research resources)

Anna van Saksenlaan 51, Den Haag

January 23, 2018


Until recently, research addressing questions about culture and identity have depended on musicologists’ abilities to identify potentially relevant pieces of information in archives, libraries and private collections. Because such research is extremely time-consuming, up to now it has hardly been possible to look at larger datasets or to test alternative analyses.

The Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (CLARIAH) project  which came into force in 2014, aims to offer humanities scholars a ‘Common Lab’ that provides access to large collections of digital resources and innovative user–friendly processing tools, thus enabling them to carry out ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research on a large scale.

At this colloquium, interdisciplinary musicologists, all in one way or another performing computational analysis on (digitised) musicological data, will present their research. They will show that the use of digital technologies can bring about new, otherwise unforeseeable connections and research results. Insights into the tools of the Common Lab Research Infrastructure, furthermore, will give participants an understanding of how they can approach digital musicological resources. After the colloquium, participants will have the opportunity to engage in an informal discussion with the speakers and organizers during a small drinks reception. 


15:00 Welcome
15:05 Reinier de Valk (information scientist, DANS): “Connecting MIR research and digital music archives: Challenges and opportunities”
15:35 Anna Kent-Muller (PhD student, University of Southampton, UK): “Big Musicology: A framework for transformation”
16:05 Break
16:15 Peter van Kranenburg (computational musicologist, Meertens Instituut): “Corpus analysis for medieval chant traditions” (with Geert Maessen, singer and director, Gregoriana Amsterdam)
16:45 Discussion panel
17:00 Drinks reception


If you would like to attend the colloquium, please send an email to: mailto:

logo leidenThe Faculty of Humanities invites applications for a:
University Lecturer Digital Humanities with focus on data-analysis and visualization (1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 17-446

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching BA courses in the field of data visualization and new media
  • Designing courses in Digital Humanities for students at all levels;
  • Contributing to the strengthening of digital research methods in existing curricula across the faculty
  • Advising on technical design and implementation of humanities research projects;
  • Generating research funding and assisting in the development of digital humanities research proposals;
  • Developing collaborative research projects with university, national, and international partners;
  • Authoring and co-authoring DH research outputs.
  • Coordinating DH activity across the Humanities Faculty and with other faculties and units such as the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science, the University Library, and the Data Science Centre;

 the full text can be found here