The book collects current perspectives on Digital Human Sciences (DHV) and frames the research area at Stockholm University. The seminar will feature talks from some of the contributing authors, followed by a general discussion.

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Book cover: Digital Human Sciences
Digital Human Sciences: New Objects – New Approaches (Stockholm University Press, 2021)

Seminar presentations (preliminary)

Uno Fors and Sonya Petersson, Stockholm University:
Welcome and introduction

Jonas Stier, Mälardalen University:
“Revisiting the Human–Society–Technology Nexus: Intercultural Communication Studies as a Looking Glass for Scientific Self-Scrutiny in the Digital Human Sciences”

Karolina Uggla, Mälardalen University:
“Interpreting Information Visualization”

Stanley Greenstein, Stockholm University:
“Elevating Legal Informatics in the Digital Age”

Teresa Cerratto Pargman and Cormac McGrath, Stockholm University:
“Be Careful What You Wish For! Learning Analytics and the Emergence of Data-Driven Practices in Higher Education”

Johan Jarlbrink, Umeå University:
“How to Approach Hard Drives as Cultural Heritage”

The book is edited by Sonya Petersson, Stockholm University and released by the DHV hub at Stockholm University. It is available for downloads and orders.

About the book

The ongoing digitization of culture and society and the ongoing production of new digital objects in culture and society require new ways of investigation, new theoretical avenues, and new multidisciplinary frameworks.

In order to meet these requirements, this collection of eleven studies digs into questions concerning, for example: the epistemology of data produced and shared on social media platforms; the need of new legal concepts that regulate the increasing use of artificial intelligence in society; and the need of combinatory methods to research new media objects such as podcasts, web art, and online journals in relation to their historical, social, institutional, and political effects and contexts.

The studies in this book introduce the new research field “digital human sciences”, which include the humanities, the social sciences, and law. From their different disciplinary outlooks, the authors share the aim of discussing and developing methods and approaches for investigating digital society, digital culture, and digital media objects.