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Call for Papers Historical Networks – 2021

Réseaux Historiques – Historische Netzwerke 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Event Details

The Historical Network Research community and the group Réseaux et Histoire (ResHist) are very pleased to announce the call for papers for the Historical Networks – Réseaux Historiques – Historische Netzwerke conference which will take place at the University of Luxembourg, from Wednesday 30 June until Friday 2 July, 2021. The conference will run over three days opening with a workshop day and two conference days. We hope that the participants will be able to meet in person. Depending on the course of the Covid19 pandemic, the conference will be either realized as a hybrid (on-site + remote attendance and presentation) or a full online event. The decision about the format will be announced on 15 March, 2021.

For our joint 2021 conference, we welcome submissions for individual contributions discussing any historical period and geographical area. Authors may be historians, linguists, librarians, archaeologists, art historians, computer scientists, social scientists as well as scholars from other disciplines working with historical or archaeological data. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 

Cultural and intellectual networks
Geospatial networks                   
Citizen science, crowdsourcing and other forms of public engagement
Networks extracted from texts
Networks and prosopography
Methodological contributions with immediate relevance for Historical Network Research such as missing data, temporality, multilayer networks, ontologies, linked data 
Pedagogy, teaching, and digital literacy in Historical Network Research


Key Dates
15.01.2021: deadline for submissions via Easychair
15.03.2021: notification of acceptance
01.04.2021: registration opening
25.06.2021: latest possible registration for participants
30.06-02.07.2021: conference (1 day workshops, 2 days sessions)
15.07.2020: invitation of selected articles to JHNR

Further information on the workshops will be provided shortly on 

Note that if your proposal has already been accepted for HNR2020, it is still accepted for the 2021 conference. You may however, if you like, submit an updated version of your abstract which will not have to undergo review a second time.


For this event we welcome three types of proposals: (1) individual papers; (2) software/tool demonstrations and (3) posters. Abstracts should clearly state the title, name and affiliation of the authors and the presenters; if you have one please include your Twitter username, too. 

1) Individual papers:
abstract (500-1000 words maximum, plus 3 citations) will be required for 30-minute papers (presentation 20 mins + 10 minutes for questions). The content of your abstract should be appropriate for the nature of the paper you intend to present. Your abstract should include:

Background – an overview of the topic and the research questions that will be addressed by your paper
Methods and data – an overview of the data used and the methods employed in your research
Findings – a description of the results of your research
You may also include a single figure that shows the key results or main argument of your paper. Figures should be submitted in a format that can be displayed in a standard web browser and should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Citations should use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition Author Date style. 

2) Software/tool demonstrations:
HNR provides an opportunity for demonstrations of software and tools for historical network analysis. Accepted demonstrations and tools will be presented within a main conference session (presentations 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) and at demo booths during the poster presentations. Abstracts (200-500 words maximum) will be required and should include information on the novel contribution it makes, its state of development and licensing.

3) Posters:
Abstracts (200-500 words, plus 3 citations) will be required for posters. Your abstract should include:

Background – a brief overview of the topic or research questions addressed by the poster
Methods and data – a description of the data used and the methods employed
Discussion/findings – a discussion of the wider implications of your research for network analysis in history. 
Please submit your abstract by Friday 15 January, 2021 (23:59 CET) via EasyChair ( Papers for presentation will be selected following a double-blind peer review procedure. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be announced by 15 March 2021. Submissions written in French or German are welcome, but please note that, if your proposal is accepted, you will have to provide a talk, an extended abstract or slides in English.

Selected papers and posters will be invited to prepare a submission  for a peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of Historical Network Research

Please do not hesitate to contact the organizing team for any questions you may have at Additional information on workshops, keynotes, and programme together with further practical information will be available shortly on the conference website.