Reminder: Virtual keynote event HNR 2020, June 19th 2020

Dear all,

This is a gentle reminder that the registration for the virtual keynote event of the Historical Network Research Conference is fast approaching: June 17, 2020.

For details about the program please check the information below:

After all the cancellations of events due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that the HNR 2020 conference may be moved to 2021, but the keynotes will be delivered online this year! On June 19th, our three keynote speakers have kindly agreed to record their papers to help us all think about how network theory and analysis can be applied in historical research.

The event will take place on June 19th 2020, 14:30–18:00 CET, and be entirely online: Keynotes will be streamed on Zoom and afterwards uploaded to the HNR Youtube channel. There will also be Q&A-sessions following each presentation on Zoom. More information on registration, the program and the keynotes themselves can be found here.

To give attendees the best possible experience, we will use three programs/channels of communication:

Zoom program and Q&A

Slack – (see instructions below)

Youtube – Trailers:

Please do not hesitate to contact the organising team for any questions you may have at or direct your questions directly at our HNR Slack channel #hnr2020 (see instructions bellow)


To attend, please register before June 17, 2020 so we can share the online conferencing channel with you and keep you updated about the virtual keynote event:

Program, June 19th 2020

Keynotes will be 30 minutes with 30 minutes Q&A-session.

14:30-15:00 (CET): Welcome 

15.00-16:00 (CET): Marieke van Erp – KNAW Humanities Cluster DHLab – “Computationally Tracing Concepts Through Time and Space” – Trailer:

16:00-17:00 (CET): Ruth Ahnert – Queen Mary University London – “Networking the Early Modern Archive” – Trailer:

17:00-18:00 (CET): Petter Holme – Institute of Innovative Research at Tokyo Institute of Technology – “Temporal Networks” – Trailer:

18:00-19:00 (CET): Closing Remarks and Virtual Reception (bring some wine!)

As we have written before, the HNR conference will no longer take place in Luxembourg on 16-19 June 2020, but has been rescheduled to summer 2021. Precise dates and a new deadline for a second Call for Papers will be announced later this year. The HNR conference series explores the challenges and possibilities of network research in historical scholarship and serves as a platform for researchers from various disciplines to meet, present and discuss their latest research findings and to demonstrate tools and projects. To keep up-to-date about the state of HNR2021, please visit our conference website:

HNR-gang slack workspace

The virtual event continues in the HNR-gang slack workspace! It has been created to give researchers from various disciplines a space to meet, to ask questions, to share their knowledge, to discuss their latest findings, or to simply talk about anything related to networks and more. To join the channel, follow these instructions:

1 – Follow the invite link:

2 – Enter or add HNR-gang as a workspace to the Slack app (

3 – Change your “Display Name” to Firstname Lastname – Affiliation.

4 – Use the #general channel as you would use a regular conference lobby.

6 – Visit the thematic channels.

7 – Right-click a channel to mute it.

8 – Engage in one-on-one conversations with anyone inside HNR2020 slack.

Published by Ingeborg van Vugt
June 11, 2020

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