Sloane Lab and HDSM Darmstadt Seminar Series 2024: Critical and creative engagement with historical data 

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We are delighted to announce the second edition of the Sloane Lab symposium series commencing on the 16th of April 2024, facilitated in collaboration with the Humanities Data Science & Methodology (HDSM) Oberseminar of TU Darmstadt, the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH) and the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies (UCL IAS). This seminar invites international speakers whose work is situated at the intersections of collections as data, cataloguing histories and critical archival studies, heritage infrastructures, critical digital heritage, and information science.  

The seminar papers explore and foreground: 

  • Computational approaches as means for historical inquiry, critique and creative takes on data driven research paradigms.  
  • The potential of digital tools and data aggregations to shed light on the geographic spread, collectors, and knowledge in historical cultural heritage collections.  
  • Reflections on the contested nature of museum and archival collections and the role of collections as data research in foregrounding overlooked or ignored and marginalised issues like imperialism, colonialism, slavery, loss, and destruction, that have shaped collections. 
  • The role of digital archives in addressing historical and present-day injustices. 
  • Creative approaches for virtual exhibition and collection data platforms design. 

Paper presentations take place online between the 16th of April and the 16th of July, on Tuesdays at 15:30 BST/16:30 CET. 

The Sloane Lab Seminar Series is convened by Marco Humbel (Sloane Lab & UCLDH), Nadezhda Povroznik (TU Darmstadt), Julianne Nyhan (TU Darmstadt & UCL) and Andrew Flinn (UCL). Administrative support is provided by Lucy Stagg (UCLDH & UCL IAS).

This joint virtual seminar is co-hosted by University College London, TU Darmstadt, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum

The symposium is funded by the Towards a National Collection programme (Arts and Humanities Research Council) as an activity of the Sloane Lab Discovery Project. 

Seminar Dates 

Registration & Programme on Eventbrite:

Tuesday April 16 15:30 – 16:45 BSTAnna Sofia Lippolis – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / University of Bologna
Tuesday April 23 15:30 – 16:45 BSTWolfgang Göderle – Max-Planck-Institute 
Tuesday April 30 15:30 – 16:45 BST Gayle Chong Kwan – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / GCK 
Tuesday 7 May 15:30 – 16:45 BSTHannah Cusworth – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / English Heritage 
Tuesday 14 May 15:30 – 16:45 BST Stella Sylaiou – International Hellenic University 
Tuesday 21 May 15:30 – 16:45 BST Dorothy Kyagaba Sebbowa – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / Makerere University 
Tuesday 28 May 15:30 – 16:45 BST Arjun Sanyal – University of Himachal Pradesh 
Tuesday 4 June 15:30 – 16:45 BST Phillip Rhys Olney – Sloane Lab Community Fellow  
Tuesday 11 June 15:30 – 16:45 BSTGethin Rees – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / British Library 
Tuesday 18 June 15:30 – 16:45 BST TBC 
Tuesday 25 June 15:30 – 16:45 BST TBC 
Tuesday 2 July 15:30 – 16:45 BST Brian Wingenroth – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Tuesday 9 July 15:30 – 16:45 BST Lucille Junkere – Sloane Lab Community Fellow / UCL London