CALL FOR PAPERS: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space, 19-21 October 2018, Rethymnon, Crete

Digital Humanities and Ritual Space

The second international meeting of the Unlocking Sacred Landscapes (UnSaLa) network, will be held from 19-21 October 2018 in the Laboratory of Geophysical-Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment (Melissinou & Nikiforou Foka 130) at Rethymnon, Crete.

The meeting will focus on digital approaches both to ritual space and to artefacts relating to ritual practice and cult. The terms ritual and cult are used broadly to include sanctuaries, temples, and churches, as well as the domestic and funerary spheres of life. We particularly welcome papers with a strong methodological focus on computational developments, digitisation processes and spatial analysis. Although the main focus of the network is the Mediterranean region, we also warmly welcome relevant papers from colleagues working in other areas of the world, with a view to stimulating wider methodological dialogues and comparative approaches. The chronological range is also open, ranging from prehistory to the recent past, and including cultural heritage management
In particular, we welcome archaeological, art-historical, anthropological, ethnographic, historical, computational, cultural heritage or inter-disciplinary papers dealing with:

(1) inter- and intra-site Geographic Information System (GIS) approaches and spatial statistics and modelling of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
(2) digitisation and virtual reconstruction of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
(3) remote sensing\aerial\satellite approaches to ritual space,
(4) other computational methods and developments (e.g. space syntax and 3D modelling) applied to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
(5) digital approaches to culture heritage management and culture heritage studies of ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages,
(6) digital approaches to phenomenological, performative and experiential analyses related to ritual space and/or its associated material assemblages.

Papers should be 20 minutes long. Posters may also be accepted. The official language of the workshop is English. Selected papers of the workshop will be published in the form of a peer-reviewed collection of studies and not as conference proceedings.

There will be a registration fee (60 euros) to cover coffee-breaks, one dinner, and an excursion on 21st of October.

Please submit a 300 words (maximum) abstract to by 30 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by April 30th 2018.

Dr Giorgos Papantoniou (University of Bonn)

Dr Apostolos Sarris (Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas)
Dr Christine E. Morris (The University of Dublin, Trinity College)
Dr Athanasios K. Vionis (University of Cyprus)