Historical GIS 2008

University of Essex, UK.

21-22nd August 2008





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Note: This is an archived version of the conference website kept for reference purposes only.

  • Information for delegates is available as HTML or a PDF. These include the outline programme, and details on getting to the venue, accomodation and registration at Essex.
  • An additional detailed map of the University of Essex campus is also available.
  • A timetable is available as HTML or a PDF. Significantly revised on the 23rd July (subject to change).
  • Registration forms are still available, see below.

This conference will be the first major European conference concerned with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in historical research.  It follows on from the success of a previous Historical GIS conference held at the Newberry Library, Chicago in 2004.  The main aim of the conference is to demonstrate how GIS can make a contribution to our understanding of the geographies of the past.  We welcome submissions on all aspects of using GIS in historical research from database development to applied research in which GIS has made a contribution to understanding a historical topic.  Contributions from PhD students are encouraged.  Non-speaking participants who are keen to learn what is happening in the field are also welcome.

Conference timeline:

29th February Submission of abstracts (Note full papers will not be required)
11th April Notification of acceptance of abstracts
30th May Deadline for early registration (late registration will attract an increased fee)
31st July All completed registration forms to be returned (see below)
21-22nd August Conference

Submission of abstracts is now closed.


To register for the conference please download a registration form. Print out a hard copy and return it to: AHDS History (GIS), UKDA, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card. Please do not send credit card details by email. If you would prefer to be invoiced please email:

Registration forms: MS Word format or PDF format

You must register before 18th July to be included on the program and all completed forms must be returned by the 31st July.


  • Before 29th May 2008:  Full refund minus £20 admin fee for standard delegates (£5 for students) plus any money transfer fee if applicable.
  • 30th May to 18th July 2008:  25% of cost will be returned. 
  • From 18th July no refunds can be offered.


University of Essex, Colchester, UK.  The University of Essex can be reached by a direct train service from London which runs every 10-20 minutes and takes around 1 hour.  There is also an hourly direct bus service to the University from London’s Stansted  Airport.  For more details on transport see: or look at the delegate information.


 The conference is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Seminar Series enabling us to keep costs to a minimum.  An all inclusive package including the registration fee, two nights’ en-suite accommodation, conference dinner on the 21st of August, and teas & coffees and lunches on both days will cost £209 full rate, or only £154 for postgraduate students.  Other packages will also be available with day rates (which include tea & coffee) starting from £45 or £15 for postgraduates.

Informal enquiries:

Steering Committee:

Prof. David Bodenhamer, The Polis Center, Indiana University, Perdue University, Indianapolis.
rof. Peter Bol, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University.
Dr. Alistair Geddes
, Department of Geography, University of Dundee.
Prof. Deryck Holdsworth
, Department of Geography, Penn State.
Prof. Anne Knowles
, Department of Geography, Middlebury College.
Prof. Jordi Marti-Henneberg, Department of Geography and Sociology, University of Lleida.
Prof. Robert Schwartz, Department of History, Mount Holyoke College.
Prof. Keiji Yano, Department of Geography, Ritsumeikan University.

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