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November 22-25, 2023

Jena, Germany

An 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.

Call for session proposals

Call for abstracts open on June 9, 2023.

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 Add calendar reminder

Call for sessions closes

May 31 Add calendar reminder

Sessions announced

June 9

Call for abstracts

June 9 Add calendar reminder

Call for abstracts closes

July 14 Add calendar reminder

Review of abstracts

July 17-31

Final conference program

September 15


November 22-25 Add calendar reminder

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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Scientific Committee

To be announced.