Ongoing Phd-projects at the Dept of ALM
Inge Zwart: Participatory memory work: A professional take on participation in museums
Museums are all about participation: audiences are engaged in new ways and external communities are invited to co-produce exhibitions. In my dissertation I investigate this latter type of ‘participatory memory work’. Specifically, I hone in on the everyday practice of this work, from the museum professional’s point of view. My comparative case study will be based on ethnographic research data from three projects at different European museums. Doing so, I aim to paint a detailed picture of how professionals deal with the (new) tasks at hand, their motivations and expectations, their understanding of ‘participation’, and the dynamic power relations at play within the project and the institution. All the while, I consider the respective institutional, cultural, and political frameworks. I will put my findings in conversation with literature from memory studies and information studies to analyse concepts such as ‘memory work’ and ‘participation’.
I undertake this research as a POEM research fellow (https://www.poem-horizon.eu/) with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodawska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859. The thesis (monograph) will be written in English.
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Inga-Lill Aronsson.
Christer Eld: The Library as a Historical Document: The Preserved Library of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology
The dissertation project's point of departure is the idea of the library as a historical document that can tell us about the activities conducted by their patrons. Libraries are created for a reason. Various organisations shapes their libraries based on their different needs and activities, and this is especially true regarding knowledge producing institutions. Books and other documents are acquired based on their intellectual content, such as the subjects they treat. Therefore, libraries become a mirror or physical manifestation of the intellectual activities of the organisation in question.
From this notion, of the library as a knowledge reproducing institution that reflects the organisations activities, the preserved library collections and catalogues of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology (Statens institut för rasbiologi) will be studied, a eugenic research centre which operated in Uppsala between 1922 and 1958.
The thesis (monograph) will be written in Swedish.
Tutors: Kerstin Rydbeck and Ulrika Kjellman.
Ina-Maria Jansson: Revolution or trend? Cultural heritage in a participatory society.
In the thesis, I write about how cultural heritage institutions are making the public participate in cultural heritage collections by methods of crowdsourcing. What space is assigned to the public and visitors when cultural heritage is displayed and how is it possible for museums and archives to use knowledge and information residing in civil society? I also whish to learn what happens in relations between professionals and visitors when visitors get more involved and how this is affecting the part cultural heritage play in society.
At first hand, participation is studied in a digital context. This includes questions about communication between institutions and audience and how solutions for user participation are used and motivated.
In the thesis, perspectives on participation from both within and without cultural heritage institutions are addressed. Drivers and institutional trust of the public and their attitudes towards participation are, because of this, essential questions. The core of my research lies within the field of information science but also comes close to archival science; data supplied in processes of user-involvement are contextualised in terms of provenience, incorporation and preservation.
The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English.
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Reine Rydén.
Lina Fridlund: Own Worlds – A Study of Youth's Own Practices in Cultural and Learning Institutions.
The intention with this thesis is to raise awareness of youth’s own practices in cultural- and learning institutions. The main focus will be at illuminating youth´s own practices, but I´m also interested of understanding grown-ups ideas of youth in relation to different forms of literacies. Here I will focus on norms that surrounds youth´s own practices in relation to different forms of literacies. I will try to understand what it means if cultural institutions advocates certain literacies. In relation to this I want to illuminate youth´s own literacies. I will do this through focusing on digital literacies and social media. From a theoretical perspective my dissertation proceed from theories about the cultural institution as a space, theories about power and theories about new media literacies.
The thesis (Monograph) will be written in Swedish.
Tutors: Samuel Edquist and Åse Hedemark.
Amalia Juneström: A study into emerging media practices for handling user generated content and the spread of misinformation in the digital space.
My research project is positioned within the discipline of information science and is part of a knowledge domain which concerns itself with issues of how our experience of online communication shapes the way we interact with each other. In my research, I am studying how certain practices, which are perceived as problematic, are handled in a news media context. By investigating how online misconduct and the spread on misinformation induce new practices, I aim to explore how certain actions, which are perceived as antagonistic, shape the way a society communicates digital information. In order to understand how different practices of dealing with problems such as hate speech or fake news occur, I am focusing on the relationship between the media and the public in an online space.
The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English.
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Ulrika Kjellman.
Dydimus Zengenene Managing participatory ecologies memory modalities
I am working on a project which seeks to explore and understand virtual ecologies as constructed by participatory online communities and mediated by new media infrastructures. It seeks to investigate the resources, people and activities that constitute online memory from a network perspective. Using cases, the study seeks to understand the dynamics of how virtual ecologies emerge, evolve and sustain themselves. It will also seek to identify institutional points of interventions in supporting self-sustaining communities to ensure usefulness of resultant participatory memory constructions. The project employs multiple methodologies to inquire into virtual communities. Historical web data is analyzed to determine the nature and evolution of virtual ecologies as constructed and facilitated by participatory online communities. Social Network Analysis tools and methodologies will be applied to visualize and explain the nature of these ecologies especially the relationships which emerge from participatory activities. Documents will be analyzed to map existing communities and to help in determining frameworks of managing online communities in given cases. Interviews will be conducted to provide further insights into undocumented complexities in dealing with participatory communities. Wikipedia is the main case study in this research. The result is an article-based thesis which will explore the different aspects of understanding and managing online ecologies.
The thesis will be written in English.
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Olle Sköld.