Research infrastructures in heritage institutions


Date: Friday 29 October 2021

Time: 13.00 – 14.45

This is an open seminar within the research programme DIGARV, a research programme aimed at promoting the digitisation and availability of cultural heritage collections, appealing primarily to the humanities and social sciences.

Photographer Jack Delano. General view of one of the classification yards of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Chicago, Ill. 1942 Dec.

The seminar is arranged by the coordinators for the Swedish Research Council's research program DIGARV:

Anna Dahlgren, professor of Art History at Stockholm university
Pelle Snickars, professor of Media Studies at Umeå university


Kl.13.00–13.45 Dr. Katherine McDonough, researcher at The Alan Turing Institute, the national research institute for data science and AI in the UK placed at British Library in London.

"Building Collaborations for Historical Research"
Training as a historian rarely includes an education in collaboration. And yet, humanities and social science researchers interact regularly with archivists, librarians, research software engineers, student research assistants, and community members, not to mention scholars in other disciplines. What does it mean to learn to collaborate? Where does it happen? What kinds of social and institutional infrastructures support it? In this talk I will share my experience of approaches to interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, with a focus on new developments at places like The Alan Turing Institute in London.

Kl. 14.00–14.45 Marcia Reed, Chief Curator and Associate Director Getty Research Institute
"The Archives You Take Become the History You Make: Selecting and Connecting Diverse Collections"
Marcia Reed has developed the Getty Research Institute’s library and special collections since its founding in 1983. She acquired many of its notable rare books, prints, and archives. Her curatorial research and publications focus on works on paper, especially the literature of art history and the history of collecting. Her most recent publication is a catalogue for her 2021 exhibition on Dada, Surrealist, and Fluxus works: Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown’s Avant-Garde Archive.

Participate in the workshop via Zoom:

The Swedish Research Council's research programme DIGARV