GEHIR organized a modelling workshop "Bridging the Gaps: (Ancient) History from the Perspective of Mathematical and Computational Modelling and Network Analysis" on 13-14 November 2015 in Brno.  Because of our guests, we found the event to be quite successful and so it deserves one or two glimpses of looking back.

We had the opportunity to record all the papers.  Unfortunatelly, there was no room mic, so the discussions are reconstructable only from the speaker answers - yet the main messages of the presentation are very accessible. To get the context, here is book of abstract and timetable. There is also unedited written record of all papers and discussion. All video materials are available together on youtube.

Video recorded lectures and papers

Keynote speakers

Ken Kahn, "Lessons Learned from Simulating a Splinter Group of a Sect in
Papua New Guinea and the Spanish Flu Pandemic" 
Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, “The Complex Mediterranean: Networks,
Diffusion and Social Dynamics in the Pre-Modern Period”
Istvan Czaches, "Modeling Religions Past"


Justin Lane, "Religious Networks in situ and in silico"
Andreas Duering, “The Archaeological Paradox. Problems of Interpreting
Artefact Data from Cemetery Samples and a Way Out Using Agent-based
Modelling Software”
František Kalvas, “Religious Collective Memory as a Process: Agent-Based
Frederik Elwert, “The Inner Worlds of Religious Literature: A Social
Network of the Mahābhārata and its Semantics”
Clemens Beck & Christian Knüpfer, “From Sources to Data to
Knowledge: A Knowledge Base for the Study of the German Society around


GEHIR introductions and papers

Tomas Hampejs, "Introduction to project GEHIR"
Aleš Chalupa, “Origins of the Roman Cult of Mithras: From Asia Minor to
Rome and Back Again”
Tomáš Glomb, “Directions for the Gods: Key Factors Influencing the Early
Spread of the Isiac Cults”
Vojtěch Kaše, “Quantifying Christianization of the Roman Empire:
Modelling Diffusion on the Mediterranean Urban Settlement Network”
Dalibor Papoušek, “Jewish and Non-Jewish Networks in the Spread of
Early Christianity: A Case of the Marcionite and Lukan Christianity”
Aleš Chalupa, Tomáš Hampejs & Tomáš Glomb , “Coding Historical
Evidence - Transforming Catalogues to Data”
Zdeněk Stachoň, Adam Mertel & Tomáš Glomb, “GIS for History”
Zdeněk Pospíšil & Dalibor Papoušek, “Discrete Diffusion Equations: An
Abstract Model of Spreading of Anything”
Jan Fousek & Eva Výtvarová, “Networked History”


Christianisation of the Roman Empire: Diffusion on a Settlement Network (Vojtěk Kaše, Jan Fousek, Eva Výtvarová)

Directions for the Gods: Key Factors Influencing the Early Spread Isiac Cults (Tomáš Glomb, Zdeněk Stachoň, Adam Mertel)  

Jewish and non-jewish Networks in the Spread of Early Christianity (Dalibor Papoušek, Zdeněk Pospíšil)

The Transmission of the Tauroctony: The Enigma of the Unusual Consistency of Tauroctony Motif (Aleš Chalupa, Radek Kundt, Eva Kudtová Klocová)

The Origins of the Roman Cult of Mithras: From Asia Minor to Rome and Back Again (Aleš Chalupa, Jan Fousek, Eva Výtvarová, Tomáš Hampejs)