Preliminary Call for Proposals: DHBenelux Conference 2017



Appel à contributions: congrès DHBenelux 2017


The fourth DHBenelux Conference will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 July 2017. The conference will be hosted by Utrecht University and is open to everyone, including researchers from outside the Benelux.

The DHBenelux conference is an initiative that aims to disseminate digital humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and foster collaboration between them. DHBenelux organises an annual conference in one of the Benelux countries. The conference serves as a platform for DH researchers and offers an opportunity for members of the DH community to meet, present research, demonstrate tools, and discuss projects.

We invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities and digital social sciences, ranging from practical applications to methodology and theory. Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Application of digital technology in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies
  • Exploration and analysis of multimedia resources
  • Text mining and image mining (e.g. stylometry, topic modelling, sentiment mining)
  • Digital media, digitization, curation of digital objects
  • Software development, systems design and information modelling
  • Interfaces, augmented reality, serious gaming
  • Design and application of algorithms
  • Infrastructures and virtual research environments
  • Ethnography and user studies
  • Critical study of digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, video games
  • Ethical, social and economic aspects of digitality and digital humanities
  • Didactics of digital humanities


We particularly encourage PhD students and junior researchers to submit abstracts.

Proposals should have a maximum length of 300 words for papers and posters; a panel proposal may have a maximum length of 500 words. References and/or bibliography are excluded from the word count. Proposals should clearly state the title, and name and affiliation of the authors and presenters. Also indicate for which category (or categories) of presentation you are submitting your proposal.

Presentation categories are:

  • Individual presentations on papers will be given 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A. Individual presentations are especially suitable for presenting research results, whether in terms of theory, methodology or outcomes.
  • A poster session will be scheduled, but posters may be put up for display during the entire conference. Posters are useful to convey technical explanations and clarifications, and to demonstrate projects and on-going research.
  • For demonstrating prototypes, finished software, hardware technology, tools, datasets, digital publications and so forth a ‘market place’ will be organized.
  • Groups of researchers may propose panels. One-hour panel sessions are chaired by a panellist who will be responsible for the balance between presentation and discussion.


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 limit the impact of your message.

To submit your proposal, please use the EasyChair facility that will be announced soon.

Selection will be based on the following review criteria:

  • originality
  • relevance to the field
  • academic quality
  • clear focus


All abstracts will be published in Open Access.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 February 2017, 23:59 CET. Notification of acceptance: Wednesday 1 April 2017.