GIS training opportunity: Lancaster Summer School in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Following on from their previous successful events (see here and here), the good folks in the Spatial Humanities team at Lancaster University are organising a GIS course as part of a broader summer school in digital methods.

The event is described as follows:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly used by historians, archaeologists, literary scholars, classicists and others, however adoption of the technology has been hampered by a lack of understanding of what GIS is and what it has to offer to these disciplines. This free summer school, sponsored by the ERC’s Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places project and hosted as part of the Lancaster Summer School in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods provides an introduction to the use of GIS software aimed specifically at researchers from the humanities and arts.

Outline syllabus:

The course will provide an introduction to GIS software and how it can be applied to humanities research.  The course assumes no prior knowledge of GIS software but a basic competence in computing is needed.  We will provide hands-on training in ArcGIS, the most widely used commercial GIS software package. Other software will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data with them (as text files, spread sheets, databases, images, or whatever other format) so that we can investigate using it within GIS as part of the course.

Who should come?

This will be relevant to post-graduate students and early career academics who can subsequently develop these skills in their own research.  This event will provide a detailed and intensive introduction to GIS software with the opportunity to work with your own data.  The summer school builds on a one-day seminar held in Lancaster in November 2012.  People who participated in this are encouraged to attend although attendance at this or similar events is not a requirement.

How much will it cost?

Tuition at the summer school is free and includes refreshments.  All other costs must be borne by the participants.  A list of possible accommodation is available from:  Please do not book this until your place on the summer school has been confirmed.

How do I apply?

Places are limited, as part of registering please include a brief description (max 200 words) of your research interests and what you want to gain from the workshop. The deadline for applications is Sunday 2nd of June.

Please email a booking form (overleaf or at  to:

For more details see of the Summer School see: or contact Ian Gregory at the above email address.  Subsequent events will be advertised at: