This is an English translation of a press release that was made public earlier today:
A substantial investment in research in the humanities and information technology has been made by Umeå University. It comes in the form of 13 million kronor for equipment and research positions with HUMlab, which has just also been recently awarded a million crown grant for work with the EU-project QVIZ.
The area of Humanities and information technology is a growing research field with Umeå University’s humanities faculty. Many humanist subjects are already involved in IT research, such as the analysis of the interplay between people and information technology, computer game culture, language, blogs, and online chat, electronic literature and their emerging affects on our cultural fabric.
HUMlab is a node for research and development in these areas. HUMlab is a meeting space where humanist and cultural disciplines combine with modern information and media technologies, both in virtual and actual forms. In HUMlab ideas from various epochs, cultures, environments and scientific areas meet. HUMlab has developed into a progressive and exciting environment which has received excellent international evaluations.
Recently almost 15 million was awarded by the EU to a project coordinated by HUMlab and now almost the same is being spent to create an international research environment around the laboratory. Together the new funding combines to around 13 million Swedish crowns (around 1.8 million US dollars).
“This is excellent” said Patrik Svensson, Director of HUMlab. “This is a substantial investment which means a lot for the long term work needed to create a world leading research environment in the humanities and information technology.” The grant is specially directed towards the areas of electronic literature, participatory media, digital culture and digital art.
The Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Scholarship Foundation contributed with 8 million crowns which will primarily be used in advanced display and interactive technologies in an extension of HUMlab. The Kempe Foundation has granted 1.6 million crowns to attract a number of international guest researchers to HUMlab. Furthermore Umeå University has contributed strategic extra funding of 3.5 million crowns to be used in both research and equipment.
“That we have brought about such coordination between diverse forms of resources is very pleasing” said Dean for the Humanities, Britta Lundgren. The development of HUMlab’s role favours many of the faculty’s institutions and has a very meaningful role to play in cooperation over the faculty’s various disciplines. The funding as well strengthens Umeå’s position in a growing and important research area. HUMlab: http://www.humlab.umu.se
For more information or interviews please contact Project leader Patrik Svensson, director of HUMlab. Patrik travels Wednesday 21 June, but between 1pm and 3 pm (CET) he can be reached via mobile telephone. +46 (0)70-397 84 66. Other office hours his telephone number is +46 (0)90- 786 90 907913 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is also possible to speak to Director of the Library at Umeå University and project leader Kjell Jonsson, who is the Chairman of the HUMlab steering group. He can be contacted during office hours at +46 (0)90-786 9280