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The following conferences have a strong focus on the use of GIS to research the past:

The European Social Science History Conference:

The European Social Science History Conference has recently set up a new Spatial & Digital History network and we are delighted with the interest that this has led to. The 2014 meeting will take place in Vienna, in April 2014. The deadline for submission of papers is the 15th May. Please submit these through the ESSHC website.

The Social Science History Association:

The SSHA's Historical Geography Network has been increasingly influential as a venue for presenting work in historical GIS. Its annual conference is held in the United States usually in November with a CFP due in early February. Over the past few years there have typically been at least a dozen sessions focusing on a wide variety of aspects of historical GIS at this conference.

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative:

ECAI is an international organisation hosted by the University of California, Berkeley that was set up to explore the use of GIS in the humanities with the particular aim of creating a cultural atlas. It holds two meetings a year.

Other conferences that often host historical GIS sessions:

The Association of American Geographers

The Association for History and Computing

The Canadian Association of Geographers

The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers

Previous Historical GIS conferences:

Virtual Cities/Digital Histories: A virtual symposium.

This 'meeting' took place in December 2010 and was organised entirely electronically. It brought together nine projects that exploring how GIS technologies can be used to better understand urban history. Recordings of all of the presentations are available from the website.

GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009

The inaugural GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 International Conference, to be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan from 7 to 9 October 2009. This significant international Geographical Information Science event brought together an eclectic mix of humanists and social scientists who have used GIS in their work.

Historical GIS 2008

This conference took place at the University of Essex, 21-22nd August 2008.


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