ECHIC Conference – Call for Papers

4-6 April 2018 in Leuven. Abstracts due on 1 September 2017.

In April 2018, the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven and the KU Leuven Libraries are hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC).

About the conference

Like the preceding ECHIC conferences in Dublin, Utrecht, Nottingham, Oporto, Pamplona, Macerata and Edinburgh, the conference aims to probe some of the most pressing issues facing the humanities as academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. In 2018, the theme is “Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”. Papers and discussions will be focused around (challenges connected to) digital scholarship in the humanities and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research.

The conference programme will feature keynote lectures, conference papers, project presentations/demos, lightning talks and panel discussions, as well as the annual meeting of ECHIC and diverse networking opportunities.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Jane Ohlmeyer, who is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History and Director of Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin, and Martin Paul Eve, who is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, and well-known for his work on open access and HE policy.

Practical details

The conference is open to all those who engage with the humanities as academic practices, directly or indirectly, at whatever stage of their career. Proposals from early career researchers are especially welcomed. Please note that the scientific committee can suggest to rework a proposed conference paper to a project presentation/demo or a lightning talk. You may also choose to propose a project presentation/demo or lightning talk in the first instance.

Funding is not available, but all participants whose abstracts are accepted, will be exempt from paying the registration fee.

Please send a short biographical sketch (not more than 150 words) and your proposal to echic2018@kuleuven.be before September 1 2017.

  • 20-minute papers: abstracts of max. 500 words
  • 10-minute project presentations/demos: abstracts of max. 200 words
  • 5-minute lightning talks: abstracts of max. 200 words

For more information about the conference, please visit our website