Graph Technologies in the Humanities: 2021 Virtual Symposium

Our 2021 symposium will be held online via Zoom on February 9, 2021, from 3 – 6.15pm (CET). Please register by using this registration form to receive the details and meeting link for the online event.

In the last several months we have all experienced a lot of conferences, workshops and other events that were held virtually. While it will still be quite some time before we can meet in person again, we understand that virtual events also have their challenges. In order to lessen the experience of screen fatigue, we have designed the symposium as a partly asynchronous event. Papers and presentations will be made available in advance for participants to read or view on their own time, and then we will come together for the synchronous part, where we will use the time for discussion and exchanging thoughts. 

We are excited to announce three invited talks and hope you will join the speakers, and us, for the symposium!


Please read and watch the papers and presentations in advance. The symposium will not feature the full live talks. Each session will start with a short statement by the speakers summarising their contribution. This will be followed by a longer discussion with the audience.

15:00 Welcome & Opening 
Andreas Kuczera & Franziska Diehr

15:15 – 16:00 Session I

From Knowledge Graphs to Abstract Wikipedia
Dr. Denny Vrandečić

moderated by Joris van Zundert

16:00 –  16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:00 Session II

Networking Archives: Early modern letters and the promise of connected collections
Prof. Dr. Ruth Ahnert, Dr. Philip Beeley, Dr. Esther van Raamsdonk and Dr. Yann Ryan

moderated by Thomas Efer

17:00 – 17:15 Break

17:15 – 18:00 Session III

Can historical information be represented outside of a graph / hypergraph / network?
Prof. Dr. Manfred Thaller 

moderated by Tara Andrews

18:00 – 18:15 Closing & Farewell
Andreas Kuczera & Franziska Diehr



Prof. Dr. Ruth Ahnert is Professor of Literary History & Digital Humanities. School of English and Drama. Queen Mary University of London.

Dr. Philip Beeley, Project Research Fellow of Networking Archives, Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

Dr. Esther van Raamsdonk, Project Associate of Networking Archives, British Academy Fellow, Warwick University.

Dr. Yann Ryan, Project Research Fellow of Networking Archives, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Thaller is professor emeritus of historical-cultural information processing at the University of Cologne.

Since July 2020 Dr. Denny Vrandečić has led the project „Abstract Wikipedia“ at Wikimedia Foundation San Francisco. 


Programm Committee

Prof. Dr. Tara Andrews

Franziska Diehr

Dr. Thomas Efer

Dr. Andreas Kuczera

Drs. Joris van Zundert