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Advancing Research Communication – the role of Humanities in the Digital Era

Welcome to a conference on the role of the humanities in research communication! The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers in the humanities and related disciplines to discuss the role of research communication in a contemporary world characterised by disinformation, online hate, the climate crisis and the rapid development of AI. The conference includes panel discussions, research presentations and two keynote lectures. Participation is free of charge.


Monday 11 December

10:00–12:00 AI Images Pre-Conference Workshop at Humlab

Carl-Erik Engqvist, Umeå University

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–13:30 Welcoming and Opening speech at Humlab

Karin Danielsson, Umeå University

Marlene Johansson Falck, Umeå University

13:45–14:45 Panel session: Remembering Chat GPT  

Kalle Grill, Umeå University

Andrea Aler Tubella, Umeå University

Lars Ilshammar, Royal Library

14:45–15:15 Coffee break (Produce your own memes!)

15:15–16:30 Keynote 1: From social media to generative media: the confusing landscape of post-pandemic research communication 
Mark Carrigan, University of Manchester
Lecture Hall UB A.210 - Lindellhallen, Social Sciences Building

16:45–17:45 Session (research presentations): New spaces for communicating research – Twitter migrations, TikTok, and beyond  

Renske Visser, Death Studies Podcast 

Casey Fiesler, University of Colorado Boulder

Simon Lindgren, Umeå University

Moderator: Moa Eriksson Krutrök, Umeå University

Light refreshments followed by a dinner at own expense

Tuesday 12 December

9:00–9:30 Coffee at Humlab

9:30–10:30 Panel session: Digital sustainability in the cultural heritage sector 

Anna Foka, Uppsala University 

Anna Näslund Dahlgren, Stockholm University 

Karin Nilsson, ArkDes 

Jonatan Westin, University of Gothenburg 

Moderator: Zakayo Kjellström, Umeå University

10:30–11:00 Coffee break (Produce your own memes! )

11:00–12:00 Panel session: Risks and opportunities of visibility and research communication in social media  

Kristina Sehlin McNeil, Umeå University 

Mia Liinason, Lund University 

Bruce Mutsvairo, Utrecht University

Mathilda Åkerlund, Umeå University

Moderator: Evelina Liliequist 

12.00–13.00 Lunch   

13.30–14.45 Keynote 2: Conflict-prone themes and algorithmic vulnerabilities in the attention factory: Imagining constructive research communication beyond fact-checking and polarisation
Katja Valaskivi, University of Helsinki

14:45–15:15 Coffee Break (Produce your own memes!)

15:15–17:00 Session (research presentations): Communicating the emergency – the role and challenges for research communication in relation to the climate crisis  

Keith Larson, Umeå University

Annika Egan Sjölander, Umeå University

Trish Morgan, Dublin City University 

Risto Kunelius, University of Helsinki


Wednesday 13 December

9:00-10:15 Session (research presentations): Ways of Communicating Art as Research 

José Vincente Martín Martínez, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

Lisa Nyberg, Umeå University

Gabriel Bohm Calles, Umeå University

Moderator: Carl-Erik Engqvist, Umeå University

10:15–10.30 Fika   

10.30–11.30 Panel session in Swedish: Humaniora, kultursidorna och den digitala omvandlingen HUM D.210, Humanisthuset

Jenny Björkman, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Sara Meidell, Västerbottens-Kuriren

Hanna Söderlund, Umeå universitet

Kalle Ström, Stockholms universitet

11.30-12.00 Closing and conclusion  

“Film Friday on Wednesday” with a screening of Kalle Ström’s documentary Rörelsen (in Swedish)

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Latest update: 2023-09-25