PhD course: Reconstructing/Deconstructing Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

2022-08-22

This course envisions unlocking the future potential digital technology for meaningful heritage practices. The aim is to study the current challenges and implications that may arise in order to provide actionable knowledge on heritage institutions more generally, but also to potentially inspire the deeper study and implementation of digital methods and tools for historical and cultural inquiry. 

 7,5 hp Autumn 2022, start 1 November (online course, in English) 

Technology permeates heritage collections; whether if it is used for archiving, publishing, curating, rendering, or communicating, it has transformed curation and public engagement. This transformation now extends beyond basic digitization—the conversion of analogue collections to digital, including related collections management—to digitalization—applying digital technologies to enhance data curation and engagement. Processes of digitization have resulted in a plethora of digital resources as well as activities that aim at facilitating increased access and engagement. In a world of fast-pacing technology, expectations are placed high on technologies that are only just beginning to be explored by heritage organisations.

This course envisions unlocking the future potential digital technology for meaningful heritage practices. The aim is to study the current challenges and implications that may arise in order to provide actionable knowledge on heritage institutions more generally, but also to potentially inspire the deeper study and implementation of digital methods and tools for historical and cultural inquiry. 

This course will cover a variety of aspects related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage in a digital age, including:

  • The digital transformation of cultural heritage institutions focusing on possibilities, skillsets and organizational perspectives;
  • The digitization of cultural heritage collections, that is the conversion of ‘analogue’ texts and artefacts to a digital format;
  • The digitalization or, datafication of cultural heritage;
  • Digital cultural heritage

The course will provide theoretical and critical perspectives on provenance, categorization and organisation of the digital record, and critical perspectives on participatory heritage methods. Issues of sensitive data, complexities of accessibility and representations will be addressed.

Course participants will be introduced to a number of practices ranging methods and tools for the documentation and analysis of digital heritage as texts, physical artefacts and born-digital objects. The course will thereby introduce the students to basic technical skills and include hands-on activities.

This course is a collaboration between Humlab, the Center of Digital Humanities at Umeå University, and Centre for Digital Humanities Uppsala  (CDHU), Department of ALM Uppsala University.

Syllabus

Do you want to take this course?

If you are interested in taking the course, please ask for your supervisors’ approval and then send an email to karl.berglund@abm.uu.se, including your PhD topic, a short note of approval signed by your supervisors, and a sentence about why you are interested in the course.

The course will be offered on a first come, first served basis. PhDs at Umeå and Uppsala University will be prioritized, thereafter PhDs at other universities in Sweden. There will be a maximum of 10  participants. When the course is completed you will receive a certificate of participation

Contact: Coppélie Cocq

Senast uppdaterad: 2021-12-01