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Foka, A., Misharina, A., Arvidsson, V. & Gelfgren, S. (2018). Beyond humanities qua digital: Spatial and material development for digital research infrastructures. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33(2), 264-278
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond humanities qua digital: Spatial and material development for digital research infrastructures
2018 (English)In: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, ISSN 2055-7671, E-ISSN 2055-768X, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 264-278Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Universities around the world have increasingly turned to digital infrastructures as a way to revamp the arts and humanities. This article contributes a fresh understanding by examining the material development of HumlabX, a research laboratory for digital humanities at Umeå University, Sweden. Specifically, we approach the empirical case as a timeline of research funding, projects, events, and deliverables to examine how the research laboratory as an organizational and material space developed and evolved in relation to new technology investments. Based on our analysis, we argue that while digital research infrastructures can, indeed, stimulate innovation in and around research, aimed to produce new knowledge, digital technologies carry social and material implications that affect organizational processes. We show that while knowledge production processes at HumlabX were highly influenced by the infrastructural legacy of the past, they indeed directed scholars toward innovation. By discussing these implications in detail, we move beyond the debate of humanities qua digital, and demonstrate the need for scholars of digital humanities to engage in the development of policies for digital research infrastructures. Using a Swedish case study, we argue that research laboratories for the digital humanities must be scrutinized and should be fully exposed as socio-material organizations that develop, and should develop, over time. In particular, we stress the need to ensure that digital humanities laboratories are sustainable and open for redevelopment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018
Digital research Infrastructure, digital humanities, research, organisation studies
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History of Technology Architecture Design Other Social Sciences
Research subject
digital humanities
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135405 (URN)10.1093/llc/fqx008 (DOI)000443559100003 ()
Available from: 2017-05-26 Created: 2017-05-26 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
Misharina, A. & Chung, K. (2014). Paradoxes of archetypes: the urban and the forest. Scenario Journal (4)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Paradoxes of archetypes: the urban and the forest
2014 (English)In: Scenario Journal, no 4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) [Artistic work] Published
Abstract [en]

There is a possibility of constructing a new paradigm of landscape urbanism today, one which does away with the paradoxical and unhelpful binaries of urban versus forest, of nature versus nurture, but instead promotes a synthetic project by exploring the productive possibilities of fusing together urban and forest. It’s a proposition to recognize the significance and instrumentality of forests as ecologically complex, spatially layered and dynamic systems that contribute to contemporary urban production. It suggests that the forest can, and does grow within human settlements; forming novel ecosystems that fuse wilderness and metropolis; a sophisticated natural system that could be managed and sustained within the city. Perhaps, as forests are considered through the lens of urban ecology, we might recognize the ways in which they benefit citizens and add value to cities – by mediating water, clean air, sunlight, shade, shelter to animals, and local climate. Ultimately, the urban forest is a place for citizens to escape the city and it’ll be an inexorable rebellion…

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia: Scenario journal, 2014
urban, forest, archetypes, architecture, landscape, city
National Category
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118082 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-12 Created: 2016-03-12 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved

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