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. 

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.  

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

Reflecting on design, sustainability and social change #2

Malmö University DESIS Lab and MEDEA are producing a series of short interviews with design practitioners and researchers to explore if and how design can contribute to sustainability and social change in different contexts.

This second interview is with Yanki Lee  a social designer, design researcher and activist that has spent the past 20 years in designing creative participation for social inclusion and innovation. Yanki has been working in both European and Asian context.  She is the co-founder of the Enable Foundation in Hong Kong, a  non-profit social design agency with the aim to develop capacity training programs and projects on design thinking & doing and creativity with individuals, organizations from private and public sectors.

Reflecting on design, sustainability and social change

Malmö University DESIS Lab and MEDEA are producing a series of short interviews with design practitioners and researchers to explore if and how design can contribute to sustainability and social change in different contexts.

The first interview is with Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterje, a two member team of an artist and a media practitioner based in New Delhi.  Their practices with regard to urban space are generally twofold. Through the projects, using and combining different media, they document the changes in the city and study how these changes affect peoples’ lives. They also explore, adapt and create spaces for public interactions and collective intellectual and creative practices.

Working-Class Literature(s) – New Book

Professor Magnus Nilsson is the co-editor to the new book Working-Class Literature(s).  Read more about the book.

The aim of this collection is to make possible the forging of a more robust, politically useful, and theoretically elaborate understanding of working-class literature(s).

These essays map a substantial terrain: the history of working-class literature(s) in Russia/The Soviet Union, The USA, Finland, Sweden, The UK, and Mexico. Together they give a complex and comparative – albeit far from comprehensive – picture of working-class literature(s) from an international perspective, without losing sight of national specificities.

By capturing a wide range of definitions and literatures, this collection gives a broad and rich picture of the many-facetted phenomenon of working-class literature(s), disrupts narrow understandings of the concept and phenomenon, as well as identifies and discusses some of the most important theoretical and historical questions brought to the fore by the study of this literature.

If read as stand-alone chapters, each contribution gives an overview of the history and research of a particular nation’s working-class literature. If read as an edited collection (which we hope you do), they contribute toward a more complex understanding of the global phenomenon of working-class literature(s).

Interactive Glass at the Exhibition “Handmade – Scandinavian Glass Starting All Over”

EMBODIED SOUND: Touching the glass stimulates an inner play of sounds and light.

K3’s Senior lecturer in tangible interaction design and glassblower, Henrik Svarrer Larsen, together with amongst others former K3 PhD student, Mads Hobye, currently exhibit outcomes of a series of AIRs at the Glass Factory as part of the research initiative DynamicTransparencies. The artefacts are early outcomes of material-based explorations and craft-like curiosities from a meeting of hot glass and physical computing. The work partakes in a big-scale exhibition travelling to two other major glass museums in Finland and Denmark as part of the NF funded project, Scandinavian Glass – starting all over.

Discussing the work with some teachers and students from LNU and the glass school.
KLANG: The object responds by the sound of crystal and by subtle movements as the inner glass ball flees an approaching interactor, yet also lurks and thereby emerge from the graduated semi-translucency.
PENDL: A circle of light surveils an interactor.
TOUCH: experiencing the feeling of glass and interactive light.


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Back to the Homestead: The Idyll as Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Swedish Literature

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) has granted Ann-Sofi Ljung Svensson, senior lecturer in Literature Studies, funds for the research project Back to the Homestead: The Idyll as Critical and Aesthetic Discourse in Swedish Literature/Hem till gården. Idyllens ideologi och estetik i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt perspektiv. 

”Hem till gården. Idyllens ideologi och estetik i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt perspektiv” är en kvalitativ genrestudie i litteraturvetenskap. Studien utgår från nutidsrelevanta texter och perspektiv, som dels sätter in genren i ett svenskt litterärt och populärkulturellt sammanhang, dels utforskar idyllgenrens samhällskritiska potential och estetiska karaktär. Tesen är att idyllgenren används för att utöva djupgående kritik mot det moderna samhället genom att gestalta och diskutera mer eller mindre utopiska samhällslösningar. Under 1900-talet har kritiken i idyllens form ofta riktats mot den svenska välfärdsstaten, dvs. folkhemmet. Lösningarna har förlagts till landsbygden, och omfattar ekokritiska perspektiv. En dubbel bindning mellan ideologi och estetik tillhör idyllgenrens konventioner och har varit tydlig genom historien. Men det är oftast de estetiska och nostalgiska dimensionerna i genren som framhålls, medan den subversiva kraften lätt förbises eller avfärdas. Med utgångspunkt i hermeneutisk och socialkonstruktivistisk teori och med en diskursanalytisk metod undersöks fem författarskap från tidigt 1900-tal fram till idag: Karl-Erik Forsslund, Vilhelm Moberg, Astrid Lindgren, vissångaren Bernt Staf och bloggaren Clara Lidström. Urvalet speglar även en populärkulturell medieutveckling. Idyllgenren har varit lågt värderad i svensk litteratur under 1900-talet, men står alltjämt att finna i mer populärkulturella sammanhang.