Call for Papers

3rd Call for Proposals, extended deadline: 12.04.2024

Digital Research Data and Human Sciences in the Age of A.I.

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus, December 10 ̶ 12, 2024

Today, there are many ways in which the human and social sciences use digital tools to investigate different aspects of human life and society. As the significance and use of digital resources continually expands into new fields of study, there are some disciplines which have already been working with digital methods for decades. This conference aims to present an overview of the current state of research in fields such as archival studies, cultural studies, history, linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, philosophy where novel approaches are being made available through digital tools. The 2024 conference focuses on novel and innovative approaches to make use of digital applications, in particular in the light of the advent of machine learning and A.I. solutions.

The Digital Research Data and Human Sciences (DRDHum 2024) conference aims to bring together researchers who have different areas of interest and expertise to discuss the themes of data compilation and management, and to share their knowledge and experience. We encourage contributions from researchers and research groups who have implemented interdisciplinary research to participate in the event.

DRDHum 2024 is organized by the University of Eastern Finland. The first (D)RDHum Conference was hosted at the University of Oulu in 2019, where the focus was specifically on linguistic text corpora. The second conference, 2022 at the University of Jyväskylä was more expansive, looking at digital resources and technologies within the humanities and include multi-modal approaches.

Submissions of individual papers, posters, and workshops are welcome but not limited to:

Humanities and social research in the fields of e.g.

  • digital cultural, gender and ethnic studies
  • digital discourse analysis
  • digital history
  • digital literary studies
  • data-rich literary history
  • digital solutions in logopedics
  • digital media studies
  • digital pedagogies
  • spatial humanities
  • spoken and written linguistics

Theoretical and methodological aspects of digital humanities and social studies, e.g.

  • computational and machine-learning systems
  • corpus-assisted and other corpus analyses
  • digital discourse analyses
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • literary cartography
  • tools for digital data analysis
Submission guidelines

Authors are invited to submit an abstract for theoretical or empirical work of 250-400 words (excluding references), which should indicate the research questions, data and methods used, and give a brief indication of the results.

Besides oral and poster presentations, the conference will be happy to be the venue for select thematic workshops. Workshops will address a particular topic within the general theme of the conference. The chair/s of the workshop will be required submit an abstract, maximum 500 words (excluding references) introducing the proposed topic, the aim of the event and the expected audience. These workshops must include a practical part, it is therefore essential that the maximum number of participants (and any particular requirements) is given in the proposal. These workshops must be, furthermore, open to conference participants only. The format we are aiming for envisages a 2-hour workshop with an introduction to datasets and tools for some of which practical walk-through type of tutorial for workshop participants will be offered.

A list of those workshops and tutorials which have been accepted will then be announced on the conference website. After this, submissions to the workshops or tutorials themselves can then be made, following further instructions that will have been given by the organizers.

We therefore invite the following types of submissions:

  1. Abstract for an oral presentation (20 min + 10 min for discussion) T
  2. Proposal for a workshop (2 hours in length) W
  3. Abstract for a poster presentation (A0) P

Please access the submission forms at:
(Please note that you will need to request an OpenReview registration if you do not already have one. We have been advised that this process might take up to two weeks.)

Important dates
  • Submission of oral presentations (T) and posters (P): 12.04.2024
  • Submission of workshop proposals (W) 12.04.2024
  • Acceptance of abstracts: 01.06.2024
  • Conference: 10.–12.12.2024
  • > Please mark the abstract –  T,P or W.

We aim to organise the event on-site and in-person in Joensuu and plan to make the plenaries available online. For more information, please send inquiries to:

Conference fees

UEF students/organisers Zero fee
Unwaged students /researchers € 30.00
Early Bird registration fee € 80.00
Full registration fee € 100.00 

Plenary speakers

Katherine Bode
Professor of Literary and Textual Studies
ARC Future Fellow
College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

Anna Foka
Professor of Digital Humanities
Centre for Digital Humanities, Department of Archival science, Library & information science, and Museum & heritage studies (ALM), Uppsala University, Sweden

Michaela Mahlberg
Professor of Corpus Linguistics
Centre for Corpus Research, Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK

Tony McEnery
Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics
Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster, UK