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November 22-25, 2023

Jena, Germany

A free online and in-person event

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The digital revolution is providing unprecedented opportunities for deepening our understanding of the human story.

Open to researchers from all disciplines involved in the study of past human groups and their environmental context – such as historical, archaeological, and palaeo-climate and palaeo-environmental studies – the conference will be a forum for exploring theoretical aspects including ontologies, data infrastructure, modelling approaches, and relevant case studies.

With an ever-growing accumulation of digital data informing us of various aspects of past human and environmental systems, advanced computational and modelling techniques are being used to gain new insights into historical processes. The inaugural Big Historical Data Conference will capitalize on the possibilities offered by digital methods in historical research.

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Location / Venue

Join us at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology in Jena, Germany.

November 22-25, 2023

You can find Jena in the middle of Europe and Germany. The city is situated in the federal state Thuringia which is often called the “Green Heart” of Germany.

Important Dates

Call for sessions opens May 1
Call for sessions closes May 31
Sessions announced June 9
Call for abstracts June 9
Call for abstracts closes July 21
Review of abstracts August
Registration opens September 15
Registration closes October 15
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Organising Committee

The organizing committee consists of scientists from the Department of  Archaeology at the Max Planck Insitute of Geoanthropology (formerly the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History).

  • Ricardo Fernandes
  • Carlo Cocozza
  • Alison Harris
  • Sean Hixon
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