Book History with Heurist: the challenges and potential of a databasing platform

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Journalism and Media Studies, Library and Information Science, Literature

Many book history projects are developed in Heurist (, an open-source web application that enables researchers to develop relational databases without any prior knowledge of programming. To facilitate conversation between such researchers, the Heurist Book History User Group has recently been formed (

The Heurist Book History User Group is arranging an online workshop for the 20th and 21st of July 2022. Participants will present their book history projects, discussing their Heurist databases and the challenges they pose. The online workshop has three main aims: (1) to inform the community about the possibilities offered by the platform, (2) to orient future developments of the platform, and (3) to promote Heurist as a tool for book history to new users.

The project presentations will last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. Two keynote speakers will speak on the development of book history projects in Heurist. Our first confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Simon Burrows (Western Sydney University), who will present his FBTEE and MPCE databases, which he recently converted to Heurist after more than a decade using bespoke MySQL databases.
The workshop will take place on the 20th and 21st of July. To accommodate participants in America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia, we plan to hold the workshop as two half-days, with one meeting in the morning and one in the eventing (Central European Time). The languages of the workshop will be English and French.

We invite you to send your presentation proposal (maximum one page), along with a short bionote, to the organizers, Dr. Simon Dagenais ( and to Dr. Michael Falk (, before the 30th of June 2022.

Contact Info: 

Simon Dagenais (Trier University)

Michael Falk (University of Sydney)

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