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Medea Talks | Exploring the Active and Interventionist Humanities
December 7, 2017 @ 15:15 – 17:00
Medea Talks on December 7 with Patrik Svensson, Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at UCLA, and former Director of HUMlab at Umeå University. Patrik Svensson will discuss the role of the humanities in terms of its active and interventionist engagement within the university and in relation to the outside world.
Place: Hörsal B1, Niagara, Malmö University
In this talk, Patrik Svensson will discuss the role of the humanities in terms of its active and interventionist engagement within the university and in relation to the outside world. His argument is that the humanities are often resistant or unused to such engagement, and when there is outward engagement, the active repertoire seems limited. He will give examples of this limited repertoire but also look at “integrative humanities” (e.g. environmental and digital humanities) and other progressive, societally engaged and interventionist initiatives that present more active types of engagement. He will furthermore focus on academic and civic infrastructure as a place where the humanities simultaneously can critique, challenge, imagine, design and build.
Patrik Svensson is Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at UCLA, Professor of Humanities and Information Technology at Umeå University, and former Director of HUMlab at Umeå University. Recent publications include Big Digital Humanities. Imagining a Meeting Place for the Humanities and the Digital (University of Michigan Press, 2016), “‘One Damn Slide After Another’: PowerPoint at every Occasion for Speech” (with Erica Robles-Anderson, Computational Culture, 2016), and “Contemporary and Future Spaces for Media Studies and Digital Humanities” (In Sayers, Jentery (ed.), Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2017).