yesterday’s seminar

I really think yesterday’s seminar turned out well. I like the fact we have a range of different kinds of seminar speakers, and that one week, we have an internationally acclaimed researcher from University of Southern California do a seminar, and the follow week, two students presenting their undergraduate work.

Maria Wiklund, literature student, talked about her work on Harry Potter focusing on author intervention, participatory functions and structural properties of the work. Read Maria’s blog entry about the seminar here.

Robert Bhatt, student at the Program of Cultural Analysis, talked about his experiences and reflections from participating in an interdisciplinary project run by the Department of Computer Science. He discussed the role of a cultural analyst in this context as well as the design process.

They both did very well, and there were students from several programs present as well as a professor from comparative literature, graduate students from disciplines such as English and Ethnology, and others.

After the presentations proper, there was a session where Robert and Maria presented their ideas for D/MA level papers. Also, there was a more general discussion about doing such work together with HUMlab.

The setting was more informal than may be evident from the photos. We also had a coffee/discussion break. There was quite a bit of discussion, and when I had to leave for a video conference meeting at 2.55 pm, after about 100 minutes, the conversation continued for another 30 minutes (reportedly). Really great! One of things I appreciate is the cross-program/discipline discussions between students (and faculty).

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4 Responses to yesterday’s seminar

  1. therese says:

    I would really have liked to be there, but conducting field work at the moment (actual “physical” field work this time, and not just online :-), I will have to watch the archived stream instead once things calm down a bit over here.

    I hope many of the participating students were inspired to do HUMlab related work – it is really great having them in the lab. For example, Maria’s presence in the lab this semester has lead to many discussions of electronic literature, and she has been a fun person to have around in general.

  2. Maria says:

    Thanks, Therese! Really glad to hear! :)
    I was so happy to be able to talk about my study at HUMlab! Quite fun and inspiring to hear the questions and thoughts from the students from Kulturanalysprogrammet (and of course from Jim, Patrik and Anders too!).I think they where very open minded for cross-disciplinary discussions!
    Now, I just have to learn to blog more academic when there’s a link from this blog entry to my own… and not blog so private! :P

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