HNR 2018 Conference

Brno, 11th - 13th September 2018


Historical Network Research Conference 2018

Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic

10th September 2018 (pre-conference tutorials and workshops)

11th-13th September 2018 (conference)

Organizing institutions

Program Committee

  • Dr. Aleš Chalupa (Masaryk University)
  • Dr. Kimmo Elo (University of Helsinki)
  • Dr. Martin Stark (ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development)
  • Dr. Ivo Veiga (New University of Lisbon)
  • Dr. David Zbíral (Masaryk University)

Call For Papers

The Historical Network Research group is pleased to announce its 5th annual conference. After the previous conferences that took place in Hamburg in 2013, Ghent in 2014, Lisbon in 2015, and Turku in 2017, the 5th conference will be hosted by Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, on 10th-13th September 2018. The 5th Historical Network Research Conference seeks to foster historians’ awareness of the possibilities of network research and create opportunities for sharing cross- and multidisciplinary approaches to the networked past by bringing together historians, social scientists and computer scientists. The organizers welcome proposals for papers discussing any historical period and geographical area. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Social network analysis in historical research
  • Network analysis in archaeology
  • Network analysis and text mining in historical research
  • Modeling diffusion on historical networks
  • Modeling and simulation in historical research
  • Religious networks
  • Cultural and intellectual networks
  • Networks in economic and business history
  • Technological and research networks, scientific networks and collaborations
  • Social movements and political mobilization
  • Social networks in war, conflict, and peacemaking
  • Methodological and theoretical issues of the network analysis in historical research

The language of the conference is English. There is no conference fee. Those who wish to participate in the optional social event on 12th September 2018 will be asked for a contribution of 25 € (625 CZK) collected at the registration desk during the conference.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 31st March 2018. All abstracts are to be submitted through the form in the Registration section. We kindly ask prospective participants without papers to register as well.

The presentations for the conference will be selected, after a peer review process, on the basis of abstracts. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be announced in the second half of April 2018.

The list of pre-conference tutorials and workshops will be announced in the second half of April 2018. After the announcement, the registration for participation in these tutorials and workshops will be opened.

Types of presentations

  • Regular papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion). Regular papers should present a) results of a completed research; b) innovative research methods and their application; or c) a discussion concerning theoretical questions. An abstract should be 300-500 words long.
  • Short papers (10 minutes + 5 minutes discussion). Short papers should present ideas, approaches and projects that have started only recently or are currently being prepared (e.g. grant projects, research initiatives etc.). A short paper should be audience-friendly and generate conference participants’ interest in the presented topic and/or attract potential partners for future collaboration. An abstract should be 200-400 words long.
  • Posters should inform about completed research, research in progress or present new methods and/or research tools. Posters (format A0 portrait orientation) will be displayed throughout the conference at the venue site and introduced during the poster session. A poster abstract should be 200-400 words long.
  • We welcome proposals for pre-conference tutorials and workshops which are to take place on Monday, 10th September 2018 (a day before the conference) in two time slots: 9-12 am and 2-5 pm. Proposals should include the workshop/tutorial title and a short description of its topic + contact information of the lecturer. An abstract should also include the information about a minimum and maximum number of participants, the type of audience (beginners, intermediate, advanced etc.), length and the type of necessary technical equipment participants should have (the organizers can provide only basic infrastructural support, e.g. suitable classrooms with a projector, whiteboard etc., not technical equipment such as laptops, specialized software etc.). The lecturer will be responsible for communicating necessary information to the registered participants. An abstract should be 200-400 long words.




For the registration please use an online form available at

Practical Information

Travelling to Brno

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. You can reach it by plane (from London and Munich), car, train or bus. The nearest international airports are in Prague (Czech Republic) and Vienna (Austria). Getting to Brno from these international airports is very simple. We will provide you with some recommendations, but you will find your way to Brno without any problem even if you do not follow them precisely.

How to get to Brno from the Prague airport :

  • There is a good bus connection between Prague airport and Brno operated by the RegioJet. Their yellow air-conditioned buses depart every hour (in rush hours even every half an hour).  You can book and manage your ticket online.
  • Another possibility is to get to the center of Prague (by taxi, airport charter buses, public transport) and take a bus from Praha-Florenc bus station (buses to Brno leave almost every half an hour) or a train (from the main railway station) to Brno. The journey from Prague city center to Brno takes less than 3 hours.

How to get to Brno from the Vienna airport :

  • Again, we recommend the service of RegioJet. From Vienna airport their buses depart every second hour. The trip to Brno takes 2 and a half hours.
  • You can also get a shuttle bus to Vienna Südbahnhof; in the morning and in the afternoon, there is a good train connection to the main Brno railway station almost every hour. The journey from Vienna airport to Brno takes about 3 hours in this case.

Getting around Brno

Once you are in Brno, there is nothing easier than to get to the places where the conference events will take place. You will find all the important places on our map (wwhich you will find here right after all the venues are confirmed and which will also be included in your conference package you will receive at the registration).

Most of the conference venues will be at a walking distance from the Česká stop in the city center. When taking a tram or bus, do not forget to buy a “15 minute ticket“ (20 CZK) or a “60 minute ticket” (25 CZK, i.e. about 1 EUR) and validate it as soon as you get on the tram by inserting it into a yellow slot machine. You will find ticket vending machines at almost every stop, make sure you have your change as they accept coins only. You can also buy your tickets at most news stands.


No need to plan your meals in advance! The city center is full of restaurants. There are several restaurants near all the sites where the conference will take place. We will gladly share our gastronomic experience with you, as will our student assistants.

Useful links



Department for the Study of Religions

Department for the Study of Religions
Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
Arne Nováka 1
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Practical organization

If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact

Academic programme and general organisation

If you have any questions concerning the academic programme, please contact Dr Aleš Chalupa through the e-mail


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