The Call for Papers is now out for the sixth series of the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin, organised in association with the German Archaeological Institute and the Interdisciplinary Research Network Digital Humanities in Berlin (ifDHb). It will run during the winter term of the academic year 2017/18.

Invited are submissions on any kind of research which employs digital methods, resources or technologies in an innovative way in order to enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We encourage contributions not only from Classics but also from the entire field of “Altertumswissenschaften”, to include the ancient world at large, such as Egypt and the Near East.

Themes may include digital editions, natural language processing, image processing and visualisation, 3D developments and applications in the Cultural Heritage area, linked data and the semantic web, open access, spatial and network analysis, serious gaming and any other digital or quantitative methods. Seminar proposals are welcome, addressing the application of these methods to individual projects, and particularly contributions which show how the digital component can facilitate the crossing of disciplinary boundaries and answering new research questions. Seminar content should be of interest both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, as well as to information scientists and digital humanists, with an academic research agenda relevant to at least one of these fields.

Anonymised abstracts [1] of 300-500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be uploaded by midnight (CET) on 31 July 2017 using the dedicated submission form. Although abstracts written in English as well as in German are accepted, the presentations are expected to be delivered in English. When submitting the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, the organising committee should be informed via the submission form. The average acceptance rate is 37%.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (17:15-19:00) from October 2017 until February 2018. The full programme, including the venue of each seminar, will be finalised and announced in September. As with the previous series, the video recordings of the presentations will be published online and we endeavour to provide accommodation for the speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses.

[1] The anonymised abstract should have all author names, institutions and references to the authors work removed. This may lead to some references having to be replaced by “Reference to authors’ work”. The abstract title and author names with affiliations are entered into the submission system in separate fields.