GIS for literature

The organization of BILLIG’s 1st training course aims to introduce new digital ways of studying literature by visualizing it through maps. In this training course two experts from NOVA, Daniel Alves and Danielle Sanches, will give lectures about what is the spatial turn and geographic information systems (GIS), where it could be applied, why it should be used and how this spatial humanities approach could help young researchers to develop new research skills. This training course will be relevant to anyone interested in literature, geography, computational methods and humanities in general. No previous knowledge of GIS is required. We encourage all participants to bring their own case studies in order to do practical exercises during the course.

A map of Lisbon

Georreferencing of mentions related to agriculture on Portuguese literary works for the city of Lisbon. Source:


Day 1 - 11th of September  (Harriet Holters hus 38):

[9:00 - 12:00]

  • BILLIG initiative presentation overview

  • Introduction to GIS: from Historical-GIS to the Spatial Humanities.

[12:00 - 13:00] lunch time

[13:00 - 15:30]

  • Tools and workflow. How to apply GIS in humanities research and projects.

  • Introduction to some GIS tools.

Day 2 - 12th of September (Georg Sverdrups hus, undervisningsrom 1):

[9:00 - 12:00]

  • How to structure the data.

  • Applying GIS in some case studies.

[12:00 - 13:00] lunch time

[13:00 - 15:30]

  • Getting into spatial data. Practical exercises

  • Questions and discussion


Daniel Alves is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences and researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, both at NOVA University of Lisbon. He holds a a PhD in Contemporary Economic and Social History, and his main areas of interest are Economic and Social History and Historical GIS. He has recently collaborated in the projects Atlas, Historical Cartography ( and Atlas of Literary Landscapes of Continental Portugal (

Danielle Sanches is a researcher at the Digital Humanities Laboratory at the Institute of Contemporary History at NOVA University of Lisbon, and a member of the Digital Humanities Laboratory of CPDOC / FGV, and of LABOGAD / UniRio. She holds a PhD in History of Sciences from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS / Paris). She has taught new digital methodologies for humanists at PUC-Rio, Brazil, and her research areas include GIS and Network Analysis for the humanities.



Publisert 3. sep. 2019 20:10 - Sist endret 11. sep. 2019 09:31