The CfP is now closed.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: Closed (22 February 2021)
  • Notification of acceptance: Mid-April 2021
  • Conference: 2-4 June (Online)


Our call is open to all colleagues, including those but not limited to those working in the humanities, the (social) sciences, and heritage sectors, with an interest and enthusiasm in the application and use of digital technologies to the study of culture.

Submissions are welcome from researchers at all career stages. We particularly encourage early stage researchers (MA/PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) to submit abstracts.

The conference has a primary focus on recent advances concerning research activities in the Benelux as well as data- or research projects related to Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. However, proposals from outside the Benelux are strongly encouraged as well.


We accept abstracts written in English and in any official language of the Benelux. Please note that, from a practical standpoint, abstracts written and/or presented in any other language than English may limit the impact of your message.


The Humanities in a Digital World

In a year in which our societies have become ever more (post-)digital, the relevance and value of tools and perspective produced by those working in, on, and at the interface of the study of human culture and computing is more relevant than ever. Furthermore, in this time of crisis many core aspects of our work have also shifted into the digital realm, which presents unique new affordances and constraints.

This is felt in all aspects of our scholarly practices and we especially welcome papers that reflect on the Humanities in a Digital world, including but not limited to, the following themes of transition:

  • Digital Humanities Education and Digital Education in the Humanities
  • Collection, replication and evaluation of DH datasets and the role and value of FAIR approaches in a time of crisis.
  • ‘True’ interdisciplinarity as a consequence of Digital Humanities and areas of convergence of the Humanities at large due to ongoing and accelerated digital transformation of our world.

Beyond this theme we invite submissions of abstracts on any aspect of Digital Humanities: practical experimentation, theorising, cross- and multidisciplinary work, and new and relevant developments.

Online Formats

Read more up-to-date information about the format here:

Call for Papers – now closed!

For DH Benelux 2021 we welcome proposals for contributions suitable for an online format, specifically (1) research papers; (2) panels; and (3) digital posters.

Abstracts should clearly state the title and name and affiliation of the authors and presenters, if you have one please include your twitter username too. Also indicate for which presentation category (or categories) and thematic strand you are submitting your proposal. The word length is dependent on the proposal you submit, see details below. References and/or bibliography are excluded from the word count. Proposals may contain graphics and illustrations.

  • Research Papers (abstracts of 750 words, paper presentation 15 mins +5 mins for discussion/handover) are suitable for presenting empirical work, research methods, concise theoretical arguments, and cross- and multidisciplinary work. This format is also open for reports on early stage and ongoing research or proof of concepts. The stage of completion of the research must be clearly stated in the abstract.
  • Panels (abstracts of 1000 words) which bring together a group of 4-5 panelists to discuss particular challenges of a methodological, theoretical, epistemological nature or discuss current practices and issues in the field. Panels will be 1 hour slots in which discussion between and with panel members and other participants will be the focus, guided by a moderator (who guides discussion but can also be active as a panelist). All panel members are asked to prepare a short (2-3) minute pre-recorded video outlining their point of departure. These videos will be played at the start of the panels and should also be made available beforehand.
  • Digital Posters (abstracts of 500 words) are particularly suited for detailed technical explanations and clarifications, and for the show and tell of projects and research alike. More information on the presentation and dissemination platform for posters will be shared soon.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the DH Benelux 2021 Programme Committee and published on the DH Benelux 2021 website. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full research article for the DH Benelux Journal. A separate call for journal submissions will be made after the conference.

Please note that due to the continuing, extraordinary circumstances of this year’s DH Benelux, we are not taking any submissions for workshops or demos. We welcome those who would have liked to submit a workshop or demo to think within the formats of the call (posters can work for project presentations, paper presentations can include demos, and panels can be used for a more interactive session).


Submission via Easychair now closed.