The Digital Archaeology Research Group and the Centre for Global Heritage and Development at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University will jointly host the 2017 annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage (CDH).

The theme of the CDH 2017 meeting will be Heritage under Threat

Armed conflicts are currently threatening heritage at scales that seemed inconceivable only a few years ago. Tangible heritage such as landscapes, sites, monuments and artefacts and intangible heritage such as knowledge, languages and traditions are likewise affected. Apart from such obvious threats in conflict zones, heritage elsewhere is often threatened by neglect, decay, or a lack of stakeholder involvement, education, or technical and financial means.

Digital technologies provide manifold means for heritage recording, monitoring, analysis and visualisation, as well as for dissemination, education and community involvement. The 2017 annual meeting of the Centre for Digital Heritage will explore these means and their applications to heritage under threat, taking into account that digital data and tools themselves may become part of our (endangered) heritage.

We invite contributions to the following oral sessions:

Day 1: Heritage in Conflict Areas

– Session 1: 3D Recording and Modelling of Heritage

This session invites contributions on the digital 3D recording, modelling and reconstruction of artefacts, monuments, sites and landscapes, with a special focus on endangered and lost heritage.

– Session 2: Monitoring Heritage Sites and Monuments

This session invites contributions on the monitoring of heritage sites and landscapes, e.g. through remote sensing and other means, especially in conflict areas.

Day 2: (Digital) Preservation of (Digital) Heritage

– Session 3: Making Heritage Data FAIR

This session invites contributions on digital archives and data management in the heritage field, with a special focus on the application of the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable).

– Session 4: Heritage as Games – Games as Heritage

This session invites contributions on virtual worlds and serious games in the heritage field, taking into account that games can be considered part of our (endangered) digital heritage as well.

Furthermore there will be a poster session on the general theme of the conference, Heritage under Threat (session 5), in which all contributions related to that theme are welcome.

As part of the conference, Dr. Sada Mire (Leiden Unversity) will give a keynote lecture on her new MOOC, Heritage under Threat. A welcome reception and a social dinner will complete the programme.

To contribute a paper or a poster, send an email with the following information:

  • Full name(s) of author(s)
  • In case of several authors: presenter
  • Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Session number (1 to 4 are oral sessions, 5 is a poster session)
  • TitleAbstract (200 to 500 words, no references)

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Authors will be notified before 15 March 2017.

Important dates:

15 January 2017: Call for papers
15 February 2017: Abstracts due
15 March 2017: Notification of authors, programme online, registration opens
15 April 2017: End of early bird registration
15-16 June 2017: Annual meeting

Programme, registration and payment will be available from 15 March 2017. For further information, visit the meeting website or contact .

Venue: Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, Van Steenis building, Einsteinweg 2, 2333 CC Leiden, Netherlands.