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Presentation of HUMlab to Science and Technology Studies Conference


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My account of the History, Concept, Activities and Future of HUMlab a digital humanities lab at Umeå University, Sweden.

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Presentation of HUMlab to Science and Technology Studies Conference

  1. 1. A meeting space for disciplines, students, researchers, technologies, languages, media, teachers. People exploring and working with technology and meaning making
  2. 3. HUMlab Creates Places for Unexpected Coincidences Meetings are Important for Understanding new Techniques and Technologies
  3. 4. The meaningful artifacts have differences from traditional media While at the same time requiring established interpretive and critical approaches
  4. 5. A (Concise) History of HUMlab <ul><li>1994-96: Humanities Faculty appoints and runs a Multimedia Group </li></ul><ul><li>1997: Concept for HUMlab is formulated and finance is sought from </li></ul><ul><li>Kempe Foundation with two million crowns granted. </li></ul><ul><li>1998: Steering group is formed. Faculty Board grants financing. </li></ul><ul><li>1999: Patrik Svensson appointed Deputy Director. Seminars begin. </li></ul><ul><li>2000: HUMlab made a permanent working unit. Director Torbjörn </li></ul><ul><li>Johansson takes up a position at the Interactive Institute ‘Tools </li></ul><ul><li>for Creativity’. Patrik Svensson made Director. Fifteen seminars </li></ul><ul><li>are held in 12 months. The Language Lab is established. </li></ul><ul><li>2001: Finance from Kempe Foundation and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond </li></ul><ul><li>granted for total 7,5 million crowns. HUMlab Phase II begins. Seven </li></ul><ul><li>or eight staff and the first national conference for the lab </li></ul><ul><li>held on technology and language learning. </li></ul><ul><li>2002: HUMlab Seminar Series begins with 18 seminars during the year. </li></ul><ul><li>The first workshops are held; History Laboratories and Digital </li></ul><ul><li>Culture. Numerous projects are run; Virtual Theater, Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Games and Players, Planning begins on a Masters Program. </li></ul><ul><li>2003: Humanities and Information Technology established as a priority research </li></ul><ul><li>area by the Humanities Faculty. Two doctoral researchers appointed with </li></ul><ul><li>dual affiliation, a model for research in HUMlab. An expansion of technology </li></ul><ul><li>and the beginning of HUMlab themes </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>2004: Jokkmokk 2004 mobile blog project. More seminars and workshops. Two </li></ul><ul><li>new doctoral students begin with funding from Wallenberg Foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>2005: Planning of five point course ‘IT for Humanists’ begins. The HUMlab blog </li></ul><ul><li>begins publishing. Several projects develop with the GIS project at Sävar </li></ul><ul><li>historic village being one. Funding from EU is sought with a number of </li></ul><ul><li>applications submitted. HUMlab is described as the “ starkast och </li></ul><ul><li>synligast i sitt slag i Norden” in a national and international evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>commissioned by the Humanities Faculty. Two large international </li></ul><ul><li>conferences are held and a symposium on data mining. A book is </li></ul><ul><li>published from one of the conferences on language learning and IT. </li></ul><ul><li>One more doctoral candidate begins work in HUMlab. </li></ul><ul><li>2006: Significant funding granted from Wallenberg Foundation, Kempe </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation, Umeå University and Humanities Faculty. A physical </li></ul><ul><li>expansion of HUMlab begins and five international post-doctoral </li></ul><ul><li>fellowships are announced. The 2 year EU project “Query and context </li></ul><ul><li>based visualization of time-spatial cultural dynamics” (QVIZ) is led by </li></ul><ul><li>HUMlab. A blog opera project is begun with Kulturverket. The five point </li></ul><ul><li>course IT for Humanists is taught with high evaluations. </li></ul><ul><li>2007: Work begins on HUMlab II a doubling in the physical space of the lab and </li></ul><ul><li>a significant expansion of technology. Five post-doc fellows begin their </li></ul><ul><li>work in HUMlab. The staff of HUMlab is now around 20 people. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The HUMlab Concept Laboratory Studio Meeting Place Archive Classroom Theater Work Place Broadcaster Resource Model Gallery
  7. 11. Sense and Technology Should Not be Taken for Granted
  8. 13. Blogging in Minus 30 degrees Celsius
  9. 20. Steina Vasulka, founder of New York art space ‘The Kitchen’ performs in HUMlab
  10. 21. An Experimental Dialogue Between The Sámi and Pygmy Peoples
  11. 22. Interaction Design
  12. 23. HUMlab is working in the 3D Online World ‘Second Life’ You are Welcome to Join Us
  13. 24. Postdoctoral fellowships in Digital Humanities at HUMlab Jan Van Looy
  14. 25. Jeanne Lopiparo
  15. 26. Matt Ratto
  16. 27. Torill Mortensen
  17. 28. Peter Asaro
  18. 29. Qviz ‘ Qviz’ will research and create framework for visualizing and querying archival resources by a time-space interface based on maps and emergent knowledge structures. The framework will integrate social software, such as wikis, in order To utilize knowledge in existing and new communities of practice.
  19. 30. Blog Opera
  20. 31. The Future
  21. 32. Creative Arts Campus
  22. 33. Doctoral appointment in Humanities and Information Technology with Focus Upon Gender Studies. From 1 January 2008
  23. 34. Masters Program
  24. 35. Links <ul><li>HUMlab YouTube Channel </li></ul><ul><li>HUMlab Blog </li></ul><ul><li>HUMlab Streams </li></ul><ul><li>Papers and Essays </li></ul><ul><li>Jokkmokk 2004 Blog project </li></ul><ul><li>HUMlab in Second Life http:// =532 </li></ul>Jim Barrett jim.barrett[at]