In HUMlab, students, researchers, artists, entrepreneurs and international guests come together to engage in dialogue, experiment with technology, take on challenges and move scholarship forward. This power is channeled through an open and creative studio environment, which extends across two campuses and a rich ecology of digital platforms.
Here students can work on their own projects or take classes, researchers meet about exciting research challenges or methodological issues, artists develop digital installations together with technological expertise from HUMlab, and different actors take part in dialogue across boundaries and silos. It is an intense intellectual milieu, a space for making and creating, and also somewhere you can have a coffee and just take it easy. The programming includes seminars, workshops, short courses, international conferences and art installations.
Current research and development encompass interactive architecture, religious rituals in online environments, 3D modeling, the study of movement and flow in physical and digital spaces through using game technology, geographical information systems, and making cultural heritage accessible through interpretative tool sets. HUMlab is part of large research program, “Media Places”, with Stanford University, and collaborates widely internationally. In October 2012, Sweden’s first chair and professorship in digital humanities was placed at HUMlab through support from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.
HUMlab is a part of the humanities faculty at Umeå University and the establishment of HUMlab has been supported by the Kempe Foundation, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Wallenberg Foundation.