Digital Research Data and Human Sciences – Diversity of Methods and Materials


Digital Research Data and Human Sciences – Diversity of Methods and Materials

1st Call for Proposals

University of Jyväskylä, Finland,

December 1–3, 2022

Today, there are many ways in which the human and social sciences use digital resources and technology to investigate different aspects of human life. As the significance and use of digital resources continually expand into new fields of study, there are some disciplines that have already been working with digital data for decades. As such, researchers now produce and have access to an increasing range of different digital materials, offering new opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarly work and enabling certain data to be approached from different viewpoints and with novel and diverse methodologies.

The Digital Research Data and Human Sciences (DRDHum 2022) conference aims to bring together researchers who have different areas of interest and expertise to discuss the themes of data compilation and management and to share their knowledge and experience of using digital materials, methods, and data analysis tools. We are especially keen for researchers and research groups who have implemented interdisciplinary research to participate in the event. We are inviting scholars of all ages and experience, teachers, graduate students, and any other parties that might be interested to participate and contribute to this event.

DRDHum 2022 is organized by the University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with FIN-CLARIAH. The event is the second in a series of conferences that, postponed once because of COVID, will normally take place every other year in one of the FIN-CLARIAN Consortium universities (part of CLARIAH Finland – a research infrastructure for social sciences and the humanities). The first (D)RDHum Conference was hosted at the University of Oulu in 2019, where the focus was specifically on linguistic text corpora. The second conference – at the University of Jyväskylä – will have a wider scope. Not only will the event look at the use of digital resources and technologies in fields such as the social sciences, language and communication sciences, and behavioral sciences (for instance), but discussions this year are also encouraged to go beyond textual data and also look at multimodal forms such as social media data, grid databases, and big data.

Plenary speakers

Prof. Marianne GullbergCentre for Languages and Literature, Lund University

Prof. Lisa BlackmanDepartment of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Prof. Bradley E. WigginsDepartment of Media Communications, Webster Vienna Private University

Submission guidelines

The submission for proposals opens on 1 January 2022.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract for theoretical or empirical work (maximum length 500 words), which should indicate the research questions, data and methods used, and any (tentative) results if applicable. We also offer the opportunity to submit an article for the conference publication later in the spring 2022. Further information on the publication will be provided in the second call for proposals.

Besides oral and poster presentations, the conference offers a venue for thematic workshops and tutorials. Workshops will address a particular topic within the general theme of the conference, whereas tutorials can deal with specific types of resources, software, or methods. Workshops and tutorials can also be designed with specific interest groups in mind, such as degree or postgraduate students. The chair of the workshop or tutorial will be required to submit an abstract (500 words) introducing the proposed topic, the aim of the event and the expected audience. A list of those workshops and tutorials which have been accepted will then be announced on the conference website. After this, submissions to the workshops or tutorials themselves can then be made, following further instructions that will have been given by the organizers.

We therefore invite the following types of submission:

1. Abstract for an oral presentation (20 min + 10 min for discussion) or poster presentation(500 words)


2. Proposal for a workshop or tutorial (500 words).

Important dates

  • Submission of proposals for workshops and tutorials: 31.1.2022
  • Acceptance of proposals for workshops and tutorials: 15.2.2022
  • Submission of abstracts: 28.2.2022
  • Acceptance of abstracts: 15.3.2022
  • Submission of articles: 15.5.2022
  • Conference: 1.–3.12.2022

For more information, please send an inquiry to: drdhum2022[at] ()
Conference website:

Local organizing committee:

Jarmo H. Jantunen, Chair
Johanna Kalja-Voima
Matti Laukkarinen
Terhi Paakkinen
Anna Puupponen
Margareta Salonen
Tuija Saresma
Sabine Ylönen