List of Current and Ongoing Projects (externally funded)
2017-20: Pausanias' Greece: Digital Migration and Transformation
Funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation
The project investigates movement, transformation, and crisis through the prisms of digital technology and ancient history, using the second-century CE Description of Greece (Periegesis Hellados) of Pausanias. The project team will create a Geographic Information System (thereon GIS) a database and a digital map of Pausanias' representation of the Greek world. Unlike conventional maps, Periegesis’ digital map aims to represent the text's multi-layered spatial configurations, in particular its intersections with different moments in the cultural history of this contested and ritualised landscape. Based on annotating the text of Pausanias, the map will enable the identification and visualization of all place entities and connected ritual activities and/or historical events. In this way, the digital map will form part of the investigative process, to enable the study of movement and trace the transformation of social infrastructures (temples, theatres, tombs etc.) in times of peace and conflict.
The results of this project will reach a broad audience interested in: (1) understanding constructions of cultural and ethnic identity within nations in times of refugee crisis, war, migration and colonization; (2) exploring new media literacies i.e. dynamic map interfaces; (3) visualization as a research process for the study and dissemination of history, archaeology and cultural heritage; (4) rejuvenating interest in the work of Swedish Archaeology in Greece and other Hellenic archaeological finds; (5) Radically invigorating Digital Research Infrastructures in Swedish academia. Other researchers and organisations (cultural heritage groups, educationalists, activists, etc.) will be able to construct their own pathways through Pausanias, reflect on the construction of a cultural past, and reuse visualizing technologies for textual case studies other than Pausanias.
2018-20: Ancient Itineraries: The Digital Lives of Art History
Funded by the Getty Foundation
The 18-month Institute in Digital Art History is led by King’s College London’s Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) and Department of Classics, in collaboration with Humlab at the University of Umeå, with grant support provided by the Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative.
It will convene two international meetings where Members of the Institute will survey, analyse and debate the current state of digital art history, and map out its future research agenda. It will also design and develop a Proof of Concept (PoC) to help deliver this agenda. The source code for this PoC will be made available online, and will form the basis for further discussions, development of research questions and project proposals after the end of the programme.
To achieve these aims we will bring together leading experts in the field to offer a multi-vocal and interdisciplinary perspective on three areas of pressing concern to digital art history:
● Provenance, the meta-information about ancient art objects,
● Geographies, the paths those objects take through time and space, and
● Visualization, the methods used to render art objects and collections in visual media.
2016-9: Digital Models: Gamifying the Archive of the Swedish Industry (on a capacity of 25% research)
Funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Royal Academy of Sweden, in Collaboration with the Swedish Museum of Science and Technology.
Digital Models is about digitising the archive of the Swedish Industrial History in collaboration the Swedish Museum of Science and Technology, this creating a digital search tool for researchers and disseminating info to the general public. My specific part in DM is to examine gender/class configurations and shifts in the role women played within Swedish industrial history and how they have affected Sweden as we know it today. I will examine, alongside Finn Arne Jørgensen, Carl Sahlin’s archives, otherwise known as the 'Sahlinpedia'!
Sahlin was a prolific writer, an instrumental industrial persona, a visionary in diachronic terms. The National Museum of Science and Technology is, in many ways, his own creation. His archive is a mixed media collection of text, machine readable and hang-written, and pictures, magazines, journals, entrepreneur contracts.
The project is generously financed by the research council of Sweden and is led by Pelle Snickars.
Much like our industry today, Swedish industrial history and the aforementioned case studies intertwined politics, investors, money, and human communities at work and at leisure. Digital Models is a research project that aims to examine, among other things, how technology implicates itself in the process knowledge production: namely research and cultural heritage display. The project recognizes that technology, rather than present, printed and material information, must be understood as constituting specific representational modes that are situated in time and space. Accordingly, the DM project is set to explore, how novel technologies enable certain representations (and enactments) while constraining others within cultural heritage exhibitions, in turn affecting our understanding what can be said and done (and by whom); It will enable questions and answers regarding gender and class and their role within the Swedish industrial past and contemporary history. It will also repurpose the way such technological affordances for scientific purposes are related to the way technology is configured as part of a larger infrastructure. As such, DM is both technically and organizationally aligned with Humlab’s broad ambition to examine human aspects of our digitalized society, and its related focus on how digital material can be used to create novel knowledge infrastructures for knowledge production and consequentially, for a local, national, and international cultural heritage organisation set up.
2016:Work and Organization in the Digital Age: Policies and Infrastructures
The University of Lund, Sweden
Pufendörf Institute for Advanced Study
(Academic innovation and Policy- funded by the Wallenberg Foundation).
2013-6: Digital Bread and Circuses (on a capacity of 80% research)
Industrial Fund by Baltic Gruppen, Sweden
In Digital Bread and Circuses, I explored how digital materials such as screens can be used to provide new understandings of historical performance, as well as how one may use Digital Research Infrastructures for Knowledge production processes.
2011-2013: Gender and Humour in Graeco-roman Cultures and their Reception
This project focused on several case studies (Lucian, Greek and Roman Comedy, Byzantine historiography- and comparisons up until Early Modernity), juxtaposing them to theoretical approaches that consider humor to be a social act that is mandated by and mediated through the society that creates it. While trying to avoid clichés of previous applications of Marxist approaches, it considered humour a way of treating contemporary social realities, specifically variable manifestations of gender; and with the aim is to affect the perception of society in the audience or reader. Questions included (but were not limited to) how the audience processes humor through performance, visual culture(s), and narrative. In an attempt to zoom in on the relationship between ideology and form, historically situated audiences/readers were majorly reconstructed. Therefore, each case study seeks to delve into the heart of the joke in order to illuminate how juxtapositions, comparisons and contrasts create associations and dissonances that constantly invite the audience to see alternative concepts of gender and how they rub up against one another.
The project was a competitive position, funded by the Strong Research Environment at Umea University and the Kempe Foundation.
Externally Funded Workshops and Networks
Swedish Institute at Athens
(Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Initiation Grant: F17-1311:1
2016: Sensory perspectives: Toward a digitisation of historical performances
(Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Initiation Grant: F15-1371:1)
2015: Challenge the Past/Diversify the Future: Technologies for the study of the past
(Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Initiation Grant: F14-1635:1- co-authored application with Jonathan Westin)
2014: Digital Gender Network: Digital Gender Theory, Methodology and Practice (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: F13- 1545:1)