CfP: DHBenelux 2015

On June 8-9, the University of Antwerp (the Lexicon’s home base) hosts the second edition of DHBenelux, a young international initiative that strives to further the dissemination of, and collaboration between Digital Humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. One of my favorite parts of DHBenelux is that it actively encourages authors to submit abstracts for paper+poster or paper+demo presentations, to give those who miss your presentation (due to parallel sessions) a chance to learn more about your project anyway.

Yesterday, the last week of the CfP started, as the deadline expires this Sunday, so please consider submitting an abstract! While the conference’s focus may lay on projects related to the Benelux area, we also warmly welcome submissions from outside those countries. You can find the official conference website here; the EasyChair facility for submitting abstracts here; and a copy of the CfP below. 


To all our colleagues in the humanities and digital humanities,

On 8 and 9 June 2015, the second DHBenelux conference will take place. The DHBenelux conference is a young initiative that strives to further the dissemination of, and collaboration between Digital Humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg by hosting an annual conference in various institutions throughout these countries. The conference serves as a platform for the fast growing community of DH researchers to meet, present and discuss their latest research results and to demonstrate tools and projects.

The first DHBenelux conference took place in The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2014 and was a great success, attracting an audience of over 160 participantswith a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, coming from a variety of different countries (including but not limited to the Benelux). In 2015 the conference aspires to welcome an even larger and more diverse audience.


The DHBenelux 2015 conference will be proudly hosted by the University of Antwerp. The conference will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June 2015at the University of Antwerp campus.

The DHBenelux conference welcomes contributions and participants from all areas of research and teaching in Digital Humanities. While the conference has a focus on recent advances in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg, we do warmly welcome contributions from outside the Benelux. The language of the conference is international English. We hope that we may welcome many scholars to the European scientific meeting platform that DHBenelux will constitute in summer 2015 for the Digital Humanities.

The conference program will offer oral presentations, project presentations, poster sessions, and a demo space. Our first confirmed keynote speaker will be William Noel, Director of The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

= CALL =

We now invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of digital humanities: practical experimentation, thorough theorizing, cross- and multidisciplinary work, new and relevant developments. Relevant subjects can be any of—but are not limited to—the following:

– Digital media, digitization, curation of digital objects
– Software studies, modeling, information design
– Text mining, data mining, big data & small data
– Design and application of algorithms and analyses
– Application of digital technology in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies
– Critical study of digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games
– Social and economic aspects of digitality and digital humanities
– Stylometry, topic modeling, sentiment mining and other digital techniques
– Interfaces, augmented reality, serious gaming
– Pedagogy, teaching, and dissemination of digital humanities

We particularly encourage PhD students and junior researchers to submit abstracts. Note that this call is not limited to researchers in the Benelux. Anyone can submit an abstract.

Proposal should be at least 250 words, not exceeding 500 words. References and/or bibliography, recommended but not obligatory, are excluded from the word count. Proposals may contain graphics and illustrations. Proposals and abstracts 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:


Oral presentations on papers will be given 15 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A. Oral presentations are well suited for presenting research methods and results, concise theoretical argument, reporting on ongoing research, project presentations, and presenting intermediate finds or theory development.


Posters are particularly suited for detailed technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects and research alike. A two hour poster session is scheduled, posters may be put up for display during the entire conference.


For demonstrating prototypes, finished software, hardware technology, tools, datasets, digital publications and so forth a ‘market place’ will be organized.


If a group of researchers wishes to highlight and discuss different aspects of a larger topic in Digital Humanities together with the audience, they may propose to organize a panel. A panel session takes one hour, and will be chaired by one of the panelists – who will be responsible for finding a good balance between presentation and discussion. To apply for a panel, please submit your proposal as an ‘oral presentation’, and make clear that you wish to organize a panel in the abstract.

Proposals may combine two presentation modes, e.g. to support the theory detailed in a paper presentation with a practical demonstration on the demo market place. Combined presentations should either consist of a paper plus demonstration, or a paper and poster. In the interest of planning we ask authors to be very careful in indicating chosen combinations of presentation modes.

To submit your proposal, please use the EasyChair facility that we have put online at:


Deadline for submitting abstracts: Sunday 1 March 2015, 23:59 CET.
Notification of acceptance: Sunday 15 March 2015.
Deadline for revised abstracts: Wednesday 1 April 2015.


Further details that will become available on this website. Any additional questions and inquiries can be sent to Elli Bleeker (elli [dot] bleeker [at] uantwerpen [dot] be).

We look forward to welcoming you all in Antwerp!

Kind regards,
On behalf of the conference organizers and the program committee
–Joris van Zundert (Program Chair)

Conference Organizers:

Elli Bleeker, University of Antwerp
Thomas Crombez, Royal Academy of Fine Arts & University of Antwerp
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp
Katrien Deroo, Ghent University
Wout Dillen, University of Antwerp
Ellen Janssens, University of Antwerp
Iason Jongepier, University of Antwerp
Aodhán Kelly, University of Antwerp
Mike Kestemont, University of Antwerp
Trudi Noordermeer, University of Antwerp
Saskia Scheltjens, Ghent University
Ben Verhoeven, University of Antwerp
Dirk Van Hulle, University of Antwerp

Program Committee (includes members of Organizing Committee):

Joris J. van Zundert (Chair), Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Marijn Koolen (Vice Chair), University of Amsterdam
Florentina Armaselu, CVCE Luxembourg
Paul Bertrand, Université Catholique de Louvain
Marnix Beyen, University of Antwerp
Rens Bod, University of Amsterdam
Barbara Bordalejo, KULeuven
Steven Claeyssens, Royal Library, The Hague
Sally Chambers, Ghent University
A. Seza Doğruöz, Tilburg University
Seth Van Hooland, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Catherine Emma Jones, CVCE Luxembourg
Folgert Karsdorp, Meertens Institute
Anne Roekens, Université de Namur
Els Stronks, Utrecht University
Karina van Dalen-Oskam, University of Amsterdam & Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nicoline van der Sijs, Radboud University Nijmegen
Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University
Lars Wieneke, CVCE Luxembourg
Sally Wyatt, Maastricht University & KNAW

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