New Approaches in Central and East European History: The Digital and Spatial Turn, 7.-9. November 2019

About the conference:

“New Approaches in Central and East European History: The Digital and Spatial Turn“

November 7-8, 2019 in Lüneburg, Germany
“Digital Humanities,” “spatial humanities,” “digital history”, and “historical GIS” are modern-day buzzwords in historical research. At the same time, the number of publications on digital and spatial history, especially on Central and Eastern Europe, is still limited. This conference aims to enhance the profile of Central and East European History in the field of spatial and digital history. Historical maps and cartography have always been important tools for historians. Spatial history is particularly suitable to make use of digital humanities and its tools. Historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide ample opportunities for visualization, especially of big data, stimulating new research approaches and questions. Yet, this conference also seeks to ask critically what these new approaches can add to existing, non-digital scholarship.

Arrival of Participants: Thursday, November 7, 2019 between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Thursday November 7, 2019:

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Welcome (Joachim Tauber, Katja Wezel)
3 – 4:45 p.m.: Panel 1:
“War and the spatial dimension: WWII and its long-term effects”
Chair: Kerstin Bischl (Göttingen)
1. Jan Vondráček (Wuppertal): Digital Humanities als neue Möglichkeit für die Analyse von Herrschaft und Ord-nung. Verwaltung unter deutscher Besatzung während des Zweiten Weltkriegs
2. Susan Grunewald (Pittsburgh): Digital Methods for Soviet-German History: The Case of German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union, 1941-1956
3. Marta Vohnoutová (České Budejovice): PhotoStruk - Uniting Science and Humanities for the Reconstruction of Lost Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscape in Bohemia

Coffee break 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.: Keynote Christian Lotz (Marburg): “GIS and Changing Historical Territoriality. Analogue and Digital Challenges”

Dinner at 7 p.m. at L’Osteria, An den Reeperbahnen 2

Friday, November 8, 2019:

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Keynote Christopher Drew Armstrong (Pittsburgh, USA): “Fin de Siècle Jewish Architecture in the Habsburg Empire. The Spatial Dimension”

Coffee break 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Panel 2:
“The spatial dimension of routes: From trade to people”
Chair: David Feest (Lüneburg)
1. Niels Petersen (Göttingen): Vormoderne Verkehrsnetze: Das Projekt der digitalen Hansischen Handelsstraßen
2. Katja Wezel (Göttingen): The Most Successful Port in Late Imperial Russia: Using Historical GIS to Map Riga as a Global Port City
3. Jan-Hinnerk Antons (Hamburg): Transregionale und -nationale Besucherströme des Ostseetourismus im 19. Jahrhundert
4. Phillip Schroeder (Göttingen): “Den Pulkovo-Meridian entlang.” Die zweite Linie der Leningrader Metro zwischen neuen und alten Stadtstrukturen

Lunch break 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Keynote Sofiya Grachova (Washington D.C.): “Mapping Race and Ethnicity. Physical Anthropology, Geography, and Identity Politics in Ukraine and Russia (1860-1980)”

Coffee break 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Panel 3:
Imperial spaces, minorities and the in-between: From cooperation to demarcation”
Chair: Agnieszka Pufelska (Lüneburg)
1. Elena Smolarz (Bonn): Zwischen Machtanspruch und pragmatischer Kooperation: Imperiale Regulierung der Mobilität in eurasischen Grenzregionen durch das Russische Reich im 19. Jh.
2. Imke Hansen (Hamburg): My home in-between. Upper Silesie as spatial, narrative and linguistic Lebenswelt
3. Alla Krylova (Melitopol): Socio-economic development of Molotchna German settlements: digital data processing

Coffee break 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.

5:45 – 7 p.m.: Keynote Peter Haslinger (Gießen) “Digital Humanities in East European Studies - Challenges and Opportunities”

Dinner for all participants at 7.30 p.m. at Mälzer, Heiligengeiststr. 43

Saturday, November 9, 2019:

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Keynote Anne Kelly Knowles (Maine, USA): “The Spatiality of the Genocide in the East. Mapping the Holocaust with Historical GIS”

Coffee break 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 12:30 a.m.: Panel 4:
“The spatial dimension of cities and nations: From cultural interaction to the circulation of knowledge”
Chair: Anke Hilbrenner (Göttingen)
1. Anton Kotenko (St. Petersburg): Spatial History of Ukrainian Nationalism
2. Martin Rohde (Innsbruck): Scientific Community Building and Circulation of Knowledge in a Spatial Perspective. Shevchenko Scientific Society in Galicia, 1892-1914
3. Victoria Vasilenko (Belgorod): Spatial Visions of Eastern Europe in WWII: Mental Maps in Allied Planning

12:30– 1:15 p.m.: Abschlussdiskussion und Schlusswort (Anke Hilbrenner, Joachim Tauber und Katja Wezel)

End of conference: November 9, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Drew Armstrong (University of Pittsburgh):

Dr. Sofiya Grachova (Washington D.C.):

Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen):

Prof. Dr. Anne Kelly Knowles (The University of Maine):

PD. Dr. Christian Lotz (Herder-Institut Marburg):

Participants will be accommodated in the Hotel Bargenturm, Vor der Sülze 2, 21335 Lüneburg.

The conference will take place at the Freiraum Lüneburg, which is located right next to the Hotel, Salzstr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg.

From Hamburg Airport you may reach Hamburg Central Station via train (S1) within 20 minutes and change trains to Lüneburg (Metronom RE3/RB31, see

The hotel is located in walking distance from the train station Lüneburg. LG Bhf. Hotel