23.75 digital humanities fellowships at HumLab, Umeå

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 75.
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        Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2009 09:30:02 +0100
        From: Patrik Svensson <patrik.svensson at humlab.umu.se>
        Subject: Five international digital humanities fellowships at Umeå University (deadline June 18, 2009)

Dear HUMlab friends,

Many of you may already have seen the below announcement. Sorry about this
late forward, but I would be very appreciative if you send it to any good
candidates for international postdoctoral fellowships (five new ones
advertised) at HUMlab. The application procedure is fairly simple
(electronic and applicants do not need to send any publications etc.). The
deadline is soon - June 18, 2009.

Just a brief update: The new part of HUMlab was inaugurated on May 14, and
the whole event (which is included an international symposium the following
day) turned out really well. We had more than 100 participants including the
heads of several national funding agencies, the county governor,
international guests, the head of municipality of Umeå etc. 

This short video shows the new part of the space on the day before the
event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2oUm3p-yJk. Among other things, the
new part is equipped with 10 screens, one of which is a very large 4K
resolution multitouch backprojection screen. The idea is to create a rich
multiplex studio space for the humanities and information technology with
excellent affordances for working with rich historical and cultural
materials, art installations, physical computing and different kinds of
exhibitions and projects. 

Also, the plans for the new creative campus have progressed considerably,
and the new School of Architecture is currently being built. By the end of
2011, the campus will hopefully have been finished, including the new

Best regards,



Five international postdoctoral positions in the digital humanities are now
available at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden from September 1, 2009 or
January 15, 2010. The call is open, but 1-3 positions may be allocated to
the areas of "religion and the digital", "digital journalism", "architecture
and the digital", "next generation digital humanities tools" and/or
"visualization in the digital humanities".

HUMlab is an internationally recognized center for the humanities and
information technology. Much of the work takes place in a 5,300 square feet
studio space at the center of the university and in different kinds of
digital and hybrid environments. A new part of the lab was inaugurated on
May 14, 2009. This video shows the new space the day before the event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2oUm3p-yJk. For archived seminars (which use
the other part of the lab) please see http://stream.humlab.umu.se/. By the
end of 2011, a new HUMlab-X on the Creative Campus (a 10-minute walk from
the main campus) will be in place.  

HUMlab is based on a double (or triple) affiliation model where much of the
work is done in close collaboration with the humanities (or other)
departments. HUMlab offers an open, friendly, creative and intellectually
rich milieu for doing work in the humanities and information technology.

The fellowships are for one year. Another year may be possible based on a
review as well as the availability of funding. Collaboration is a central
part of the ethos of HUMlab and among our strategic partners are
Kulturverket (local award-winning culture organization), Lund University
(the Humanities Laboratory), King's College London (Centre for Computing in
the Humanities) and the University of California (UC Humanities Research

Applicants will be expected to have a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline. In
exceptional cases, other areas and backgrounds can be of interest as well.
Applications should include a description of an envisioned postdoctoral
year-long project.

Please see http://blog.humlab.umu.se/postdocs for more information.
Applications should be submitted electronically by June 18, 2009. We look
forward to receiving your application.

Patrik Svensson
Director, HUMlab
Umeå University

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