Oct 18, 2017, 9:00–18:00  (Wednesday)

University of Helsinki, Main Building, Small Hall (Pieni juhlasali), 4050
Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki, FINLAND

Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) was launched by a kick-off symposium on Oct 6, 2016 that was attended by some 200 friends of Digital Humanities. HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit 2017 provides a snapshot of activities within the centre and its collaboration network after the first year of operation, facilitating networking and sharing results within the Finnish community of Digital Humanities research and education and beyond.


After opening the Summit, the first presentation slot of the day contains talks from the seven faculties of the University of Helsinki involved in the HELDIG initiative. After this, presentations from collaborating organizations of the HELDIG network are heard. After the lunch, talks about projects, research, and applications underway are given (cf. Call for Presentations below).

After the presentations, there is a networking event based on posters and demos in the lobby, with nibbles and cocktails served.

Call for Presentations, Posters and Demos

In addition to invited talks, HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit 2017 is open for proposals for short (max 10 min) presentations of research groups, projects, results, application demos, etc. The call is open not only for people already active in the HELDIG network but also for those interested in making new connections. The goal is to facilitate networking and new collaborations within the community.

Send a max 2 page English abstract to heldig-summit@helsinki.fi by Sept 24, 2017 latest indicating whether you would like to a) give a presentation in one of the sessions or b) present a poster or demo during the networking session. Accepted abstracts will be published on the HELDIG Summit 2017 website.

Preliminary programme schedule

Time Topic Presenter
9:00–10:30 Opening of the summit Hanna Snellman, Dean, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts
  Activities within HELDIG Faculties of UH  
  HELDIG Centre: First year of activity. Faculty of Arts Eero Hyvönen, Director, University of Helsinki, HELDIG, and Aalto University
  Presentations from HELDIG Faculties  
10:30–11:00 Coffee break  
11:30–13:00 Activities within collaborators of the HELDIG network Invited talks from different organizations. It is possible to propose your own topic (cf. Call for Presentations above), too.
13:00–14:00 Lunch On your own
13:00–14:30 Introducing research groups and programmes Propose your own topic (cf. Call for Presentations above)
14:30–15:00 Coffee break  
15:00–16:30 Research and applications Propose your own topic (cf. Call for Presentations above)
16:30–18:00 Networking: posters and demos with nibbles & drinks Propose your own topic (cf. Call for Presentations above)


Participation in HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit 2017 is open and free, but registration is required for catering.

Register here: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81397/lomake.html

What is Heldig?

HELDIG – Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities provides a new kind of platform for addressing the challenges of digitalization, based on multi- and interdisciplinary research and collaboration in humanities, social sciences, and computer science. By fostering collaboration and by sharing research infrastructures not only within the University of Helsinki but with other organizations in the Helsinki area and beyond, relevant research problems and data can be found, unnecessary duplicate work can be eliminated, and more resources be targeted to Digital Humanities research and education. HELDIG is funded in 2016–2020 as part of the profiling measures of the Academy of Finland and the University of Helsinki. As part of the activity, eight new professor positions related to Digital Humanities are being filled up in seven faculties of the University of Helsinki.

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