Events play an important role in scholarly knowledge production. Such events include meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops, symposia, ignite talks, and thatcamps. These can be formal or informal, physical or digital (or more likely, both), conventionalized or experimental, small or large, and serialized or not.

Academic events embed formats, hierarchies, values, performativity and expectations, and a whole range of social and cultural factors. They are part of making knowledge, fostering scholarly identities, and asserting institutional structures and power positions. They depend on infrastructure, space, time, software, resources and people (labor). Time is a precious commodity, which is demonstrated through the allotment of time in conference programs and strategies used to hold on to time. Spatial configurations structure conversations and presentation software suggests specific ways of delivering content and telling narratives (see Erica Robles-Anderson and my article on “‘One Damn Slide After Another’: PowerPoint at every Occasion for Speech”).

Sara Hendren (Olin College, speaking), Diego Galafassi (FASAD Film) and Lilly Irani (UCSD) at the Making Change Through the Humanities workshop Oct 22-23, 2018. Photo credit: Francesca Albrezzi.
Sara Hendren (Olin College, speaking), Diego Galafassi (FASAD Film) and Lilly Irani (UCSD) at the Making Change Through the Humanities workshop Oct 22-23, 2018. Photo credit: Francesca Albrezzi.

In Big Digital Humanities (Michigan University Press, 2016), I discuss how curatorship and curatorial practice (or lack thereof) play an important role in the shaping of such events. Event making has been central to my own practice since the early 2000s, as a means of supporting intellectual exchange, moving scholarship further, shifting ways of thinking, bringing people together, and manifesting a set of values (including giving much place to early and mid career scholars and experts, making sure that many get to speak, not reinscribing hierarchies etc.) . Importantly, events never stand by themselves, but are part of long-term intellectual trajectories, institution building, partnership making, and dynamic network creation.

The events I curate are often experimental in one way or another, including not using slideware, focusing on conversation (no slides) and thinking carefully about composition, tensions and long-term shifts. They are built around people as well as ideas, and tend to be shaped dynamically with the participants.

Organizing events is always a collaborative effort. All the events I describe below have been carried out with the help of other people or they would not have happened. My role has been that of chair and curator (sometimes in partnership with others). The events have been supported through different institutions and funding agencies including Umeå University, UCLA, the Graduate Center, City University New York, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the National Library of Sweden, the Wallenberg Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and many others.

My academic events site contains information about upcoming events and some resources related to event curation.

See below for an experimental, incomplete portfolio of events I have curated over the last twenty years (typically as chair, or co-chair). Click on an event title to find out more about the topic, those involved, and to see documentary images.

Event titleDateHosting Institution
Digital Humanities Stockholm 2019:3 - Critical-Constructive Engagement2019/05/21KTH
CROWDS: Humanities Tech KTH event2019/05/20KTH
Digital Humanities Stockholm 2019:2 - the Landscape of Digital Humanities2019/03/13KTH
Humanities Tech KTH x 3 (Hate Platforms, Feminist in a Software Lab, AI for Survival)2019/01/30KTH
Inaugural Digital Humanities Stockholm event: Structure, Vulnerability and Uncertainty in Data2019//01/29The National Library of Sweden
Humanities Tech x 3 (humanistic infrastructure, engineering for a better world and mutualistic systems design)2018/10/23KTH
Making Change through the Humanities: Institutes, Ideas and Infrastructures 2018/10/22-23KTH
Workshop on humanistic infrastructure2018/10/18Klara Strand (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)
Data-driven Research in the Humanities2017/09/15KTH
UCLA DH Seminars (x 7)2016-2017UCLA
SoCal DH Summit: Building Capacity2017/5/26UCLA
Compositions Across/Between Edges, Surfaces and Materialities2016/12/08UCLA
Making a Real Difference2016/11/21University of London, Being Human Festival
Critical Visualization: Unflattening and Enacting Visualization2016/06/09The Graduate Center, CUNY
Digging Deep: Ecosystems, Institutions and Processes for Critical Making2015/12/01
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Being (Digital) Humans2015/09/17University of London, Being Human Festival
Genres of Scholarly Knowledge Production2014/12/10-12Umeå University
Sorting the Digital Humanities Out2013/12/5-6Umeå University
Infrastructure|Space|Media2012/12/5-7Umeå University
Critically Making the Internet of Things2011/12/8-9Umeå University
Media Places2010/12/9-11Umeå University
HUMlab Inauguration/research event 2009 2009/05/14Umeå University
From Vision to Practice: Language Education and Information Technology2005/05/11-12Umeå University
The Technological Texure2005/01/18Umeå University
Dynamic Maps: A HUMlab workshop
2003/09/17-18Umeå University
The HUMlab Seminar (x 150)2002-2014Umeå University
From Tradition to Vision (language education and technology)2001/12/5-6Umeå University
Inauguration of HUMlab, Phase II2001/09/12Umeå University
T35 Seminar Series on learning and technology (x 27)2000-2003Umeå University
National Symposium on Visualization2000/12/5-7Umeå University

1) Curated events 2015-2019 (reverse order)

Third Digital Humanities Stockholm event: Critical-Constructive Engagement
May 21, 2019, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Part of a strategic collaboration between KTH and KB. This event focused on critical-creative/constructive engagement in relation to digital humanities and cultural heritage institutions. Invited participants talked about their projects which then developed into a long conversational session, which was followed by talk on intelligence on the move. Invited participants included:  Nora Al-Badri (artist, Berlin), Johanna Drucker (UCLA, Yale, via Skype),  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). The event was carried out with the help of Danielle Morgan.

CROWDS
A Humanities Tech KTH event
May 20, 2019, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

This event dealt with crowds in terms of history, politics, simulation, visualization and urban development. Invited speakers were Dan Hill (Vinnova), Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard) and Anna Ådahl (Royal College of Art). The format was a long-form dialogue (2,5 hours) with brief initial perspectives and examples from the invited participants. The event was carried out with the help of Danielle Morgan.

  • Anna Ådahl from the Royal College of Art in discussion with others at CROWDS A Humanities Tech KTH event
  • Video screening at CROWDS A Humanities Tech KTH event
  • Participants in discussion at CROWDS A Humanities Tech KTH event

Second Digital Humanities Stockholm event on the Landscape of DH
March 13, 2019

Part of a strategic collaboration between KTH and KB. Key groups for the discussion of the landscape of DH in the region and more broadly included heads/representatives of university libraries, early/mid-career scholar and artists, and representatives of national cultural heritage institutions. An additional theme was interaction design. Invited participants included Lars Björk (National Library of Sweden), Christina Fredengren (National Historical Museums), Jonas Gilbert (Södertörn), Vendela Grundell (Stockholm University), Maria Haglund (KTH), David Haskiya ( Swedish National Heritage Board), Kia Höök (KTH),and Benjamin Martin (Uppsala University). The event was carried out with the support of Danielle Morgan (who was also in the program).

Humanities Tech KTH events, Jan 30, 2019

Humanities Tech KTH events explore the intersection of the humanities, human and technology with a particular focus on critical and constructive engagement with socio-technological systems.

Analyzing Hate Platforms, Fighting Hate Crimes
Daniela Agostinho, University of Copenhagen
Kenneth Bodin, Algoryx Simulation and Näthatsgranskaren
Raazesh Sainudiin, Uppsala University
Nishant Shah, ArtEZ University of the Arts
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California

Feminist in a Software Lab
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, KTH
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Nishant Shah, ArtEZ University of the Arts
Jenny Sundén, Södertörn University
Anna Wahl, KTH
Celina Zander, KTH

AI for Survival
Nishant Shah, ArtEZ University of the Arts

Inaugural Digital Humanities Stockholm event
The National Library of Sweden
Jan 29, 2019

KTH in collaboration with the National Library of Sweden (KB) and part of a strategic collaboration between KTH and KB. The main theme was Structure, Vulnerability and Uncertainty in Data. About 90 people attended including the president of KTH and the National Librarian. Invited participants included Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (Aarhus University), Lorna Hughes (University of Glasgow), Tara McPherson (University of Southern California) and Sverker Sörlin (KTH). Program, photos and all videos here.

Making Change through the Humanities: Institutes, Ideas and Infrastructures
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Oct 22-23, 2018

This was a high-profile international workshop at KTH organized with the support of the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Description and program). Invited participants included David M. Berry (University of Sussex), Gargi Bhattacharya (University of East London), Geoff Crossick (University of London), Kate Elswit (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London), David Theo Goldberg (UC Humanities Research Institute), Sara Hendren (Olin College), Lilly Irani (UCSD), Marisa Parham (Amherst College), Erin Rose Glass (UCSD) and Sverker Sörlin (KTH). The workshop was carried with the support of KTH and with the assistance of Francesca Albrezzi, UCLA.

The guiding question for the workshop was: How do we design the humanities (institutions, organizations, infrastructures, processes, policies) and build capacity to best meet current and future societal and scholarly challenges? Expected responses included: A) driven by humanistic and human considerations, curiosity and agendas; B) open to many different types of knowledge, practice and making (including art practice); C) collaborative (and not about the humanities in isolation); D) intellectual and critical (not just institutional or infrastructural); and E) anchored in particular examples, practices, processes, and infrastructures.

A group sharing their ideas formed during the Imagining/ building an 'institute' for the humanities workshop session at KTH. Photo credit: Francesca Albrezzi

KTH Humanities Tech events
October 23, 2018
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Humanities Tech KTH events explore the intersection of the humanities, human and technology with a particular focus on critical and constructive engagement with socio-technological systems.

Infrastructural Humanities
Oct 23, 2018, 2.15 pm
David Theo Goldberg, UC Humanities Research Institute
Patrik Svensson, UCLA and Umeå University

Engineering for an Inclusive World
Oct 23, 2018, 1.15 pm
Sara Hendren, Olin College of Engineering

Mutualistic Systems Design: improving human and environmental health
Oct 23, 2018, 3.15 pm
Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University and the Environmental Health Clinic

  • David Theo Goldberg from UC Humanities Research Institute in conversation with Patrik Svensson on Infrastructural Humanities at KTH. Photo credit: Francesca Albrezzi
  • Natalie Jeremijenko from NYU presenting on Mutualistic Systems Design at KTH. Photo credit: Francesca Albrezzi.

Workshop on Humanistic Infrastructure
Oct 18, 2018
Klara strand, Stockholm

This large-scale workshop (mostly in Swedish, but first segment in English) brought together a large national crowd interested in the question of humanistic infrastructure. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond helped organize the event. A new report on the subject was presented. There was participation from the Swedish Research Council, funding agencies, the Ministry as well as scholars and academic leaders from Sweden and internationally. The workshop was opened by the CEO of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond folled by Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dubling) and Natalie Jeremijenko (NYU). Program, description and videos.

Data-driven Research in the Humanities (datadriven humanistisk forskning)
September 15, 2017
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

A view from the crowd during the  Data-driven Research in the Humanities event at KTH

Co-organized with Pelle Snickars, Umeå University. Nationally oriented workshop with international participation. The key question was the interplay of “data” and scholarship in the humanities. About 120 participants and the 25 invited participants included very well-respected scholars from a range of fields, funding agency leadership and cultural heritage leadership. More information here.

UCLA Digital Humanities Seminars
2016-2017
UC Los Angeles

This seminar series started in 2016 with an emphasis on conversations (rather than presentations or talks). Francesca Albrezzi, UCLA, helped out with the series.

UCLA DH Seminars engage with critical themes inside and outside the field with a critical-societal-technological-material commitment through:

  • facilitating a space for long-format, in-depth conversations,
  • bringng together some of the best scholars, artists and experts,
  • reaching out beyond academia,
  • engaging topics that often cut across and require different perspectives, takes and actions,
  • attempting to be inviting, generous, sharp, conversational, and challenging,
  • being experimental and self-aware
  • being embedded in Los Angeles and Southern California, while being internationally relevant and exciting.
Seminar on “Encoding Diversity”, December 9, 2016.

Encoding Diversity
December 9, 2016
Geoffrey Bowker, UC Irvine
Ursula Heise, UCLA
Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA
Élika Ortega, Northeastern University
Todd Presner, UCLA

Making, Curating, and Engaging Data
March 3, 2017
Christine Borgman, Information Studies, UCLA
Joanna Chen Cham, UCLA Libraries, UCLA
Jungseock Joo, Communication Studies, UCLA
Christopher J. Lee, Biochemistry, UCLA (pre-recorded)
Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow

Challenging Models of Digitization and Access
March 20, 2017
Michelle Caswell, UCLA
Jasmine Nyende, New media artist, Los Angeles
Megan Prelinger, the Prelinger Library

How Tools Think
May 3, 2017

Johanna Drucker, UCLA
Erin Glass, UCSD
Christopher Lee, UCLA
Timothy R. Tangherlini, UCLA

Making a Real Difference
May 26, 2017
David Theo Goldberg, UC Humanities Research Institute
Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Sarah Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles

All Your Data Are Belong To Us: Quantifying the Human Condition
Nov 2, 2017
Shannon Mattern, The New School 

Representing the Past in Three-dimensions: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities
Feb 21

Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman, Maynooth University

SoCal DH Summit: Building Capacity
May 26, 2017
UCLA
(with the UCLA and SoCal DH community)

This event brought together 20-25 participants from Southern California (in total 8-10 institutions) to discuss digital humanities in Southern California, earlier experiences, visions and concrete plans moving forward. A concrete result was the implementation of an incubation organization. The summit took place at UCLA. More information here. Photo credits: Francesca Albrezzi.

Compositions Across/Between Edges, Surfaces and Materialities
December 8, 2016

Co-organized with Élika Ortega, Northeastern University and Miriam Posner, UCLA. Francesca Albrezzi, UCLA, helped run the event.

The symposium explored compositions that happen, emerge, or are partly enacted at edges, between surfaces and across materialities, scales and modalities. These kinds of compositions–narrative, artistic, scholarly, political, infrastructural, etc.–demand a reorientation of established knowledge models, critical stances, vocabularies and infrastructures. They shift our attention to their architecture – conceptual and material – and the very process of composition as argumentative, narrative, and strategic media ideations. Invited participants included Steve Anderson (UCLA), Anne Balsamo (University of Texas at Dallas), Anne Burdick (Art Center College of Design), Johanna Drucker (UCLA), Kate Durbin (writer and artist), Kate Elswit (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Carter Emmart (American Museum of Natural History), Zack Horton (University of Pittsburg), Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA), Viola Lasmana (USC), Peter Lunenfeld (UCLA) and Rita Raley (UCSB).

Making a Real Difference
November 21, 2016
University of London
Being Human Festival

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This two-hour conversation took place in Senate Room, the Senate House, University of London as part of the Being Human Festival 2016. The theme was making a real difference and the discussants were Gargi Bhattacharyya, the University of East London, Gary Dirks, Arizona State University, David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute, Natalie Jeremijenko, New York University and Barry Smith, University of London.

Photo credit: Barry Smith.

Critical Visualization: Unflattening and Enacting Visualization
June 9, 2016
The Graduate Center, City University New York

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Workshop/conference with about 50 participants including Lauren Klein, Nishant Shah, Meg Studer, Kelli Moore, Daniel Fallman and Martha Poon. Statement, program and reading list available here.

The workshop Unflattening and Enacting Visualization engaged with visualization critically and in terms of imagining and making visualizations with a focus on unpacking visualization practices, critiquing/imagining visualization regimes/concepts, and exploring visualizations beyond the visual (as well as what does not get visualized). Among other things, this requires taking humanistic knowledge, design, computation, experimental work, multiple modalities and the materiality of visualizations seriously. The workshop brought together designers, media scholars, philosophers, computer scientists, historians, artists, science studies scholars, visualization experts, demographers, literary scholars and digital humanists.

Digging Deep: Ecosystems, Institutions and Processes for Critical Making
December 1, 2015
The Graduate Center, City University New York

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Workshop/conference with about 50 participants including Anne Balsamo, Matt Ratto, Lev Manovich, Cathy Davidson and Roopika Risam. Program available here.

Being (Digital) Humans
November 17, 2015
Senate House, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Event at Being Humans: A Festival of the Humanities organized with Lorna Hughes (lead organizer, SAS, University of London). Other participants included Sally-Jane Norman (University of Sussex) and Todd Presner (UCLA).

Senate House, University of London (some time before the event actually started)

2) December events 2010-2014

During 2010 and 2014, I curated five large experimental December events in HUMlab. These were not a series in the sense of a new iteration each year, but rather part of a connected exploration of academic events and international network building. We had a fantastic setup of people participate. December in the North of Sweden is dark and normally cold, and the particularities of very short days (in terms of light) and the warmth of inside (as opposed to outside) added importantly to the events. Again, all these events were collaborative efforts and a group of excellent HUMlab employees (if I were to single out one person it would be Emma Ewadotter who expertly helped me coordinate all the below events) helped them come through. Photos in the list link to event websites.

Media Places
December 9-11, 2010

The Media Places conference explored the intersection of media, technology and place through bringing together cultural historians, architects, screen researchers, art and creative directors from digital media production industry, visualization experts, design researchers, sociologists, gender researchers, and game industry representatives. The conference was supported by Umeå University, the DINO project (European Union project) and DARE (innovation program).

Invited speakers included Kenneth Bodin (Algoryx Simulations), Carter Emmart (American Museum of Natural History), Zephyr Frank (Stanford), Robert Miles Kemp (Variate Labs), Anja Linna (artist), Chandra Mukerji (UCSD), Tara Mullaney (Umeå), Jenna P-S. Ng (Cambridge and Umeå), Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren (indy game developer), Jennie Olofsson, Iris Piers (artists), Erica Robles (NYU), Lynn Spigel (Northwestern), Molly Steenson (Princeton), Elizabeth Swanstrom (Umeå and Florida Atlantic University) and Mikael Wiberg (Umeå).

Critically Making the Internet of Things
December 8-9, 2011
Umeå University

The event brought together researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and others to examine critically and engage creatively the idea of a world where everything is assumed to be connected, where objects such as cars and roads communicate and where the digital has moved outside of the computer. Invited participants included Bruce Sterling, Anne Galloway (Victoria University of Wellington), Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art), Johanna Drucker (UCLA), Lisa Gitelman (NYU), Nanna Gyldholm Møller (Bjarke Ingels Groups), Tim Hutchings (Umeå), Christian Lindholm (Fjord), Molly Steenson (Princeton), Haibo Li (Umeå) and Finn Arne Jørgensen (Umeå). Program here.

Infrastructure|Space|Media
December 5-7, 2012

Large-scale international conference at Umeå University generously supported by the Wallenberg Foundation. A conference book was published by the Foundation after the event.

Sorting the Digital Humanities Out
December 5-6, 2013

The intention was not to come up with yet another manifesto, or to describe what is already there, but rather to focus on the intermediate future and what we can do to move beyond just discussing the field to actually implementing a seven-year plan of action.

It was suggested that the tent of ‘big tent digital humanities’ is not large enough. While an inclusive notion of the digital humanities seems tenable, we also need to acknowledge that the digital humanities is not everything. There was a focus on scholarly and educational perspectives, as well as institutional and infrastructural issues, and again, implementation in a mid-range time perspective is key. Sweden (and Scandinavia) served as one case study, but the scope is clearly international.

Questions discussed included the (digital) humanities as a means of tackling challenges in the world, the digital humanities as a humanities project, the connection between the digital humanities and media studies, postcolonial/gender/queer perspectives, the “neutrality” of tools, the role of making, intellectual middleware, research questions that drive infrastructural development, the importance of situated infrastructure (such as labs), key contributions to scholarship and education, the digital humanities as an educational think tank, and the connection to environmental/medical/public humanities.

Genres of Scholarly Knowledge Production
December 10-12, 2014
Umeå University

This large-scale, international conference addressed the necessity to engage simultaneously with emerging, creative knowledge practices in the humanities and the critical-historical sensibilities about knowledge production embedded in the humanities (program). It was argued that there is often a lack of such combined perspectives and engagement in the digital humanities and the humanities more largely.  Invited participants included Carolina Bäckman (dancer), Zephyr Frank (Stanford), Samantha Gorman (USC), Jeanne Jo (USC), Lauren Klein (Georgia Tech), Shannon Mattern (The New School), Erica Robles-Anderson (NYU) and Fred Turner (Stanford).

The co-temporal exploration of making and critical awareness was manifested through the setup and curatorship of the conference in HUMlab at Umeå University.  The two lab spaces, one deeply embedded between the humanities and social science departments and one placed between design, art and architecture on the Arts Campus, were used to host the conference and accommodate a mix of modalities, materialities and processes. The conference will host a range of first-rate scholars and makers from a range of disciplines, perspectives and practices. Invited participants were asked to enact their arguments/papers/presentations using infrastructure available in HUMlab, including an interactive screenscape with 11 screens. They were provided with tools for uploading, simulating and situating such content (images, film and audio). The use of slideware such as PowerPoint and Keynote was discouraged/disallowed.  

The conference was organized and supported by HUMlab, Umeå University. Patrik Svensson was chair and Shannon Mattern co-chair. The event had excellent support from HUMlab, HUMlab’s director Cecilia Lindhé and conference coordinator Emma Ewadotter. Important additional support came from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (through Patrik Svensson’s chair) and the Media Places Project (Stanford-Umeå collaboration, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation).

3) Seminars

3.1 T35 Seminars (2000-2003)

The T35 Seminar series was a collaboration between HUMlab and Center for Educational Technology (CUT) at Umeå University. I co-organized and co-curated the series, which included 27 seminars in total (list of all the T35 seminars). The main theme was learning and technology (in that order) in the context of higher education.

3.2 The HUMlab Seminar (2002-2012)

Between 2002 and 2014 I chaired about 150 seminars in the HUMlab Seminar series as well as the whole series (occasionally others would take this responsibility, the seminar series included 172 seminars all in all). There is a list of seminars that was published as part of the HUMlab book project (2014).

The seminar series was a central curatorial work in the continuous, collaborative shaping of the direction of HUMlab. And of course also a way to bring in interesting scholars, technologists and artists from all over the world and to support sharp intellectual exchange and joint exploration. We started to live broad cast seminars in the early 2000s and built several platforms to achieve this.

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Streamed seminar installation based on HUMlab’s archive (commissioned by Patrik Svensson and implemented by Jon Svensson)

I was heavily involved in the development of these platforms. The simple rationale was that if one brings in really interesting guests, it makes sense to make the seminars available outside the physical space.

4) Other events (reverse chronological order)

I have also curated and chaired many other events – often in collaboration with others. Some examples are listed below ( (where I had the main responsibility).

HUMlab Inauguration 2009 (after a large expansion and a new research initiative)
May 14, 2009

A range of international och national speakers (program available here).

From Vision to Practice: Language Education and Information Technology
May 11-12, 2005

The Swedish title of this conference was “Från Vision till Praktik: Språkutbildning och informationsteknik”. In collaboration with Ulrike Klingemann (co-chair) and Therese Örnberg-Berglund. Photo collage available here (pdf file).

The Technological Texture
January 17-18, 2005
Umeå University

The Swedish title was “Den teknologiska texturen”. This was an International-Swedish conference on the humanities and information technology. Invited participants included Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen), Jay Bolter (Georgia Tech), Henry Jenkins (MIT), Lena Karlsson (Lund University) and Solveig Jülich (Linköping University). Program available here. Photo collage available here.

Dynamic Maps: A HUMlab workshop
September 17-18, 2003

This was an international workshop on mapping and visualization. Information and program can be found here. It took as its starting-point both new interactive visualization technologies and traditional representation, maps and cartography. It took place in a modern information technology space with ample opportunities for testing new technologies and for showing examples as well as informal discussion. In co-operation with BildMuseet, the museum of contemporary art and visual culture, a unique collection of early pictorial representations were shown. These served as a starting-point for a discussion of visual traditions and scientific representation. A key concern was the dynamic nature of representations – both traditional and new. Invited speakers included Katy Börner (Indiana University, virtual/tele participation), Martin Dodge (UCL London), Judith Donath (MIT Media Lab), George J. Gumerman (Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State University), Jan Svenungsson (independent artist)
and Sverker Sörlin (Sister) .

Från tradition till vision [From Tradition to Vision]
December 5-6, 2001

International-Swedish conference on language learning and technology
In collaboration with Ulrike Klingemann, Stockholm University. Uschi Felix (Monash University) was the keynote speaker. An English version of the program available here.

Inauguration of HUMlab, Phase II
September 12, 2001

Large-scale event with Swedish and international speakers (see program). The Swedish University Chancellor Sigbritt Franke performed the actual inauguration using a laser harp (see below). Invited speakers included Ana Valdés, Espen Aarseth and Ola Larsmo.

National Symposium on Visualization
December 6-7, 2000

This event was an early attempt at bringing together historians, visual studies experts, computer scientists, visualization experts and learning specialists to discuss the intersection of humanities, arts, technology and the digital. It was a mid-sized event with invited guests and local participants. Program and description available here.