Five-year research project on archiving comes to an end

For Malmö University research project Living Archives, the end is just the start. The final event was not just a celebration, but a way to continue the dialogue around digitisation, power and the future of archiving.

Living Archives was started by a team of researchers from very different fields to explore the challenges of working with archives in an increasingly digitised society. They wanted to understand how and why archives are important for public heritage and memory, and how technology has transformed archiving practices.

The project’s final event, held at Malmö Art Museum, included panel discussions and performances, and showcased the many alliances that Living Archives has formed with artists and cultural organisations outside the University. Susan Kozel, professor of new media and project leader of Living Archives, says the event was a way to look forward, rather than looking back.

“We wanted the event to draw in past as well as present collaborators who might be interested in seeing what could possibly come next.”

Read the full interview with Susan Kozel here. 

Who Cares? – Podcast

Who cares? A radio tale turns Gasworks London into a live broadcast studio in collaboration with the renowned experimental radio station Resonance FM. The project features a programme of newly commissioned and existing performances, sound works, and discussions which take up the subject of affective labour.

Who cares? A radio tale is curated by Naz Bescan, Ibrahim Cisse, Harriet Costello, Benedetta D’Ettore, Alba Folgado and Agata Kik, as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art.

This session broadcast live on Thursday 10 May 2018 (6-9pm) was hosted by K3 researcher Temi Odumosu and features performances and discussion with artists Eva Fàbregas, Claudia Pagès, and Salomé Voegelin, an artistic commission by Céline Berger and a special live sound seminar by Jon Wozencroft. Listen here.

Arbetaren – kan skönlitteraturen uppgradera bilden av arbetarklassen?

När vi tänker på arbetaren ser vi ofta en man i blåställ framför oss. Men arbetarklassen har förändrats på senare år. Vår tids arbetare producerar oftare vård, omsorg och tjänster än industriprodukter och arbetarklassen har gått från att vara mans- till att vara kvinnodominerad. I medierna och i politiska diskussioner dominerar emellertid äldre bilder av arbetarna. En konsekvens av detta är att det blivit svårare att förstå och bekämpa klassorättvisor. Men i arbetarlitteraturen synliggörs dagens arbetarklass och de orättvisor den utsätts för. Magnus Nilsson är professor i litteraturvetenskap. Han forskar om arbetarlitteratur och studerar bland annat på vilket sätt den kan fungera som plattform för klassmedvetande och klasspolitik.

Föreläsningen är den av “I huvudet på en professor“, Malmö universitets populärvetenskapliga föreläsningsserie.  

English Studies student receives Global Swede Award

Each year, the Swedish Institute, The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs jointly recognise a number of exceptional international students at the Global Swede Award ceremony in Stockholm. The initiative aims to inspire students to act as ambassadors for Sweden and to strengthen international ties with future leaders. In order to be nominated, international students must show entrepreneurship and innovation in their field.   

All Swedish universities have the opportunity to nominate a student who shows both academic and extracurricular talent. Fish, who is in his last year of English Studies, was nominated by his professors for his A-grade average and role as editor of the transnational student magazine Pupil. 

Read the whole article here. 

Digital parenting – How Social Media Helps Push the Boundaries of Being Normal

How can social media be used to create new norms? Parents of children with disabilities often experience that their understanding of what is considered normal differs from other families’ perceptions. It can be easier to share triumphs and challenges, that may otherwise be difficult to express, in a private Facebook group. In such groups, parents find a community in which the framework for what is considered normal can be expanded. The Facebook group becomes a sum of imagined possibilities. Pille PruulmannVengerfeldt is Professor in Media and Communications at Malmö UniversityShe is also a parent of a child with disabilities. Among other topics, her research explores how social media can be used to support parents of children with disabilities.

The event was a part of the lecture series titled Inside the mind of a professor – meet and mingle with Malmö University researchers

Cumulus Paris 2018

In April Daniel Gaffner, Nicklas Karlsson, Sofie Marie Ottsen Hansen and Elisabet Nilsson from K3 participated in the Cumulus Paris 2018 conference. The conference topic was “To get there Together” (say it quick with a French accent and see what happens). The conference took place at the four Parisian Schools of Art and Design, Boulle, Duperré, Estienne, and Ensaama. Many of the paper presentations this year had an emphasis on design education, and on various teaching practices, pedagogical tools and models. In a true French spirit, the conference was also spiced up with some student demonstrations which blocked out the venue for the conference opening, and a couple of strikes.

Sofie and Elisabet presented their paper “Re-thinking archiving for increased diversity – Insights from a co-design project with museum professionals and refugees” sharing their work in the Living Archives project. Daniel and Nicklas visited STRATE – Ecole de Design, in Paris and discussed possible future co-operations with Ensaama, also in Paris, and U.d.K. in Berlin, as well as attending the General assembly of Cumulus and the New Members Fair.

Elisabet Nilsson and Sofie Marie Ottsen Hansen before their presentation at Ensaama, National School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Paris. Right: Arnaud Homann, lecturer of graphic design at Ensaama and Daniel Gaffner, program director of graphic design at K3, former fellow students at Central St Martins, London.

Behind the Algorithms + Mobile Phones in the Transformation of the Informal Economy

Associate professor Jakob Svensson has just started new research project, funded by Vetenskapsrådet, about algorithms and how they influence our media flow.  The project will explore the cultural and social aspects that enclose the algorithms. Read more at 

Jakob is also the cowriter to the newly published article Mobile phones in the transformation of the informal economy: stories from market women in Kampala, Uganda in Journal of Eastern Africa Studies.

This research project is situated within the area mobile technologies for development (M4D), i.e. that mobile communication technologies play a vital role in the livelihood of people in developing regions. Out of a larger explorative study of how market women in Kampala use their mobile phone(s), this article focuses on the transformation of the so-called informal economy, here in the form of Kampala street markets. Departing from stories of the women themselves, the article discusses the role of mobile telephony in this transformation. The street markets today have become hybridized as mobile money allows for non-street transactions. The appropriation of the mobile phone into these micro enterprises, we argue, has the potential to produce new regulatory spaces, considering that mobile services, located in the formal sector, are deeply embedded in Kampala’s informal economic practices. To make sense of these results, we turn to science, technology and society studies (STS). STS helps us understand the mutual co-production of mobile phone practices and the transformation of the street markets. The mobile phone represents a force for change in the market women’s economic activities, at once challenging and reinforcing the informality of the Kampala markets.


Material Driven Design – Student Exhibition

During February Product Design students (2nd year) are showing their projects from the course Material Driven Design at Form/Design Center in Malmö. 

The work has been divided into three main groups:

DIY, Do-It-Yourself: this group has explored new uses for textile residues that had otherwise ended up in landfills in the Global South.

CIY, Cook-It-Yourself: this group has focused on producing plastics/biopolymers from renewable raw materials found in most kitchens.

GIY, Grow-It-Yourself: in order to find new areas of application, this group has cultivated and developed scoby, a yeast and bacterial culture normally used to produce kombucha.


Skånska dagbladet visited and wrote about the inauguration. 

The exhibition is open until February 25th.