The inhabited environment is crucial to global challenges. Although the humanities enrich our understanding of how human beings adapt their environment, they are underrepresented in global development debates. As the availability of digital data and technology rapidly grows, the opportunities to directly relate humanities research to the social and environmental sciences improves. Notably, in tropical archaeology, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is causing a ‘revolution’ by revealing huge swaths of urban landscapes. This new data source and the perspectives it affords, are changing the role and relevance of (historical) humanities knowledge in relation to global development.

The Digital Humanities (DH) and Geohumanities are emergent fields with increasing resources. They invite exploration of how to harness and nurture interdisciplinary and comparative contributions. By embracing new digital data sources, acquisition, and manipulation techniques, Digital Humanities have the potential to contextualise and inform how current developmental practice is shaping socio-cultural inhabitation of the landscape.

This conference provides an opportunity for academics from diverse disciplines to discuss these potential contributions as they relate to:
• Mapping Material Landscapes;
• Environmental Humanities;
• Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment; and,
• Lived experience and Visualisation.

Call for Papers

We invite expressions of interest for those wanting to participate with short “quick fire” presentations (10 min.) or panelled discussion contributions. Approx. 150 word abstracts or ideas can be sent to Ben Vis, by June 23rd 2017. Notification of acceptance expected July 7th 2017.

For any general enquiries, please contact Kent’s Eastern ARC Officer, Sarah Tetley,


Registration will open in June 2017.