being spatially situated

Two weeks ago the final review  of our two-year EU-funded project QVIZ took place in HUMlab. Sometimes these reviews take place in Luxembourg or Brussels, but we were very happy to host the review on site. The way these things typically work is that you have a rehearsal day before the actual review, and this time we used some external people to act as reviewers at the reherseal session. Everything had to be ready by the morning of the reherseal, and we were. We needed time in the evening to make adjustments etc., but the bulk of the work had already been done when we got together in the morning. We had put all the presentations together in one, large powerpoint file (some 150 slides) the week before. The mock review was a very useful exercise.

In terms of innovations (apart from the large powerpoint file), we also used a structural work package slide that reoccured three times for every wp presentation (one version showing interdependencies). Also, we used two screens at the actual review. The large screen was used as a main presentation screen and the smaller screen was used to show the objectives for each work package and for some other presentations. This setup worked really well I think.

photo from the rehearsal session

There is something to having a multi-purpose studio space like HUMlab. I think being in the space where much of the Umeå based work in QVIZ contributed to the review. Also, there were other things going on in the space at the same time, and HUMlab is full of traces of the QVIZ projects as well as other projects. 

I counted the number of laptops at the actual review and I think there were 15 laptops around the table. 

The review went really well, and everyone is happy about the results of the projects and the massive effort we have done since last year. The consortium has worked well together (there is a strong collaborative sentiment) and partners have contributed very different competences, epistemic committments and interests.  A clear strength has also been the main role played by the archives involved in the project: the Swedish National Archive and the National Archive of Estonia. All in all, the project has been a great learning experience, and we are looking forward to continued and new European collaboration. I strongly feel that Europe-based networks and project present a  very significant possibility for HUMlab in allowing us to be involved in processes and results that could not be achived on a national level or even internationally without very significant funding and collaborative push.