Affective Experiences: media art, design and research

We are delighted to announce that the registration for our conference  Affective Experiences: media art, design and research is now open.

This conference offers a multi-disciplinary space to discuss challenges in theorizing emotional and affective experiences in practices using interactive and digital technologies. The  symposium will specifically question audience experiences and interaction with new media interventions in art galleries, museums and institutions invoking affect.

Book your place now at Parasol unit’s event page.

A collaboration by City University London, Kings College London, Middlesex University, New London Graduate School (NLGS) and University College London in the academic fields of Creative Industries and Practice, Art and Design and Digital Humanities.

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Research on Art Historians – Call for Interview Participants

I am currently looking for academics or other researchers in Art History as well as PhD students in the field to participate in the interviewing process of my PhD project ‘Personal research collections: examining research practices and user needs in art historical research’. This project is conducted at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities in London, UK.

My research focuses on how art historians gather and organise information for research purposes in the digital age and how new technologies have impacted on their practices. The results of this research would be useful for evaluating existing resources in the field or designing new digital resources that would be best suited to the needs of researchers in art history.

Interviews take approx. 45min.-1h. each and are conducted either face to face or online. All data will be anonymised since my project complies with the Data Protection Act.

If you are interested in participating, please contact me at

Christina Kamposiori, christina.kamposiori.11@ucl.ac.uk.

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Supporting Arts & Humanities and Cultural Heritage in the digital age

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During the last week of June I had the pleasure to attend and present at the Cultural Heritage Creative Tools and Archives Workshop which took place at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen (26-27/06/2013). It was a great event where I had the chance to meet many bright people from the fields of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Also, since the main themes of the workshop were very close to my research interests, my attendance there worked as a motivation to start this blog.

The aim of the workshop was to gather academics, researchers and cultural heritage professionals to discuss issues related to the use of digital tools and services in the Arts & Humanities and Cultural Heritage. The papers presented revealed the variety of practices and methods followed by the digital humanities community as well as the range of projects focusing on the application and impact of new technologies on the aforementioned fields.

The various projects I had the opportunity to learn about during my visit at Copenhagen were either national/ international initiatives, such as DARIAH, EHRI, Europeana and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), or undertaken by cultural heritage institutions as well as individual researchers. Moreover, the presentations touched upon issues regarding the building, application and use of digital tools and services in various areas including, but not limited to, archaeology, art history, museums, archives, scholarly practices and publishing.

Most importantly though, listening about the goals and the benefits of each project together with the challenges it entailed, intrigued interesting discussions on topics that regularly concern the digital humanities community: the digital humanities as a discipline; the enhancement of scholarly communication and co-operation; open access in the digital era; the understanding of scholarly practices in A&H research; the use of new technologies for digital engagement and learning in museums and other cultural heritage institutions.

My presentation, titling ‘Building Personal Collections: supporting the information practices of art historians in the digital age’, was based on the research I am currently conducting for my PhD Thesis at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. In particular, it addressed issues regarding core scholarly practices in art history, like the information seeking behaviour of researchers and the building of their personal research collections. However, the ultimate goal was to contribute to the development of an understanding of how these practices affect the whole research process in the field and thus, how we can support them effectively with appropriate digital tools and services.

Finally, the workshop was organised by the DIGHUMLAB DK and the DIGITAL CURATION UNIT Athens and the proceedings can be found on its website.

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