Digital Humanities 2019:3

Organizer Patrik Svensson
Time 2019-05-21 13:0016:00
Location Openlab, KTH, Stockholm
Digital Humanities 2019:3

Digital Humanities Stockholm is an arena for digital humanities centered in Stockholm with a national and international scope. It is organized by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the National Library of Sweden.

In this third Digital Humanities Stockholm event for the year we will continue to engage with humanities-driven making of algorithmic interventions, digital models, interfaces and innovations inside and outside the cultural heritage sector. In a workshop, invited participants will showcase some of their work and talk about these matters. 

Invited participants include Nora Al-Badri (artist, Berlin), Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard (Postdoc in Digital Women's Health, KTH), Jeffrey Schnapp (Founder/Faculty Director of metaLAB at Harvard University), Pelle Snickars (Professor of Media Studies, Umeå University). Additional invited participants may be added (please let us know if you are interested, the registration form is a good place for this).

Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard does important work on critical-feminist design of intimate technologies. She is part of the successful interaction design research group at KTH ( 

Nora Al-Badri is a Berlin-based artist with an exciting portfolio that connects to scholarship and cultural heritage materials and incorporates interventionist practices (see. e.g. and 

Jeffrey Schnapp has written extensively on Dante, fascism, Italian architecture and design, knowledge design and much more (he is also a curator). He is the co-founder of Piaggio Fast Forward - a start-up that produces robotic companions that walk/wheel alongside you (carrying your stuff etc., 

Pelle Snickars, originally a cinema studies scholar, previous Head of Research at the National Library, and media studies professor at Umeå leads some of the largest cultural heritage/digital humanities projects in Sweden including The Welfare State Analyzed (Swedish Research Council). 

The afternoon, however, will start with a statement by Johanna Drucker (UCLA/Yale, via Skype) on "An epistemology for building meaningful tools in digital humanities", followed by time for discussion.

Drucker is a leading scholar and book artist with a truly remarkable portfolio of work (history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, critical theory, visualization, digital humanities and much more). She had her 40-year retrospective in 2012 ( and is currently working on the book All: the books I never wrote or wrote and never published;.

The main theme after the coffee break is "Intelligence on the Move" in relation to the digital, scholarly knowledge production and cultural heritage. Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University, will give a talk on this topic, which will couple work in the redesign of scholarly communication with robotics work, and connect to the the larger issue of how to bring cultural heritage resources out of deep storage into public. There will be plenty of time for conversation.

The afternoon will also include an update on the status of KB datalabb as well as on the topic of humanistic infrastructure (in Sweden).

A note too that the on May 20 (the preceding day) there will a Humanities Tech KTH workshop on crowds with Dan Hill (Vinnova, Visiting prof at UCL Bartlett IIPP; Adjunct prof at RMIT), Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University and Anna Ådahl, Royal College of Art, London (additional invited participants may be added). More information and (separate) registration for the May 20 event here.

Program for Digital Humanities Stockholm May 21

1:00 pm
Introduction + update on Datalabb at KB
Patrik Svensson, UCLA and Umeå University
National Library of Sweden

An Epistemology for Building Meaningful Tools in Digital Humanities
Johanna Drucker, UCLA (skype)

Workshop on Critical and artistic making (algorithmic interventions, digital models, cultural heritage interventions, knowledge and interaction design, innovations inside and outside the cultural heritage sector)
Nora Al-Badri, Berlin-based artist
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, KTH
Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University
Pelle Snickars, Umeå University

Coffee break

Intelligence on the Move
Conversation building on a talk by Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard

The program is preliminary. Additional invited participants may be included.