Centre for Digital Humanities


Final SKILLNET Conference on November 17-18: Digital approaches to the Republic of Letters

On November 17 and 18, scholars and developers from all over Europe will come to Utrecht to discuss Digital Humanities-analysis and infrastructure on the final conference of the ERD project SKILLNET ‘Digital approaches to the Republic of Letters: text-mining, network analysis and infrastructures’. The Utrecht Digital Humanities Lab collaborated on this project.

This two-day conference takes stock of digital research of the learned community of (early) modern Europe. What kind of experiments have been conducted during the SKILLNET project? What kind of historical questions have they been able to answer with DH methods? How successful are they in linking datasets? What are best practices when it comes to merging datasets? What is the state of their current infrastructures?

This conference will be attended by historians, librarians and digital humanities scholars. It is a great opportunity to link up with research groups abroad.


The ERC Consolidator project ‘Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks – The Republic of Letters as a Pan-European Knowledge Society’ (SKILLNET), under the direction of Dr Dirk van Miert, conducts research into the ideal of sharing knowledge within early modern scholarly networks in Europe by applying social network analysis and text mining techniques to the metadata and full-text data of large quantities of manuscript and printed letters from the period 1500-1800.

Learn more about SKILLNET here and about the conference here.
Sign up for the conference here.