Outreach and collaborative research

In order to achieve close cooperation with Swedish society, our outreach platform, The Human Observatory for Digital Existence, which is a collaboration between the Hub and the Sigtuna Foundation is designed to enable:

(1) a continued conversation about these issues with our reference group of stakeholders;
(2) seminars with key actors in this field, who will share significant experiences and testimonies;
(3) workshops on digital media ethics and value sensitive design together with CHAIR;
(4) symposia in collaboration with society, the art and museum world, and the business world on existential themes, possibilities and challenges, of digital media saturation and the automation of the human lifeworld.

Stakeholders to the Hub and Observatory include the following:

The Sigtuna Foundation (Alf Linderman)

The Swedish Funeral Directors’ Association (Ulf Lernéus)

SAMS (Collaboration for people in bereavement, Kjell Westerlund)

MIND (The association for psychic health, Johanna Nordin)

NASP (the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-health at the Karolinska Institute, Michael Westerlund & Gergö Hadlaszky)

The Swedish National Media Council (Yvonne Andersson)

The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm (Magdalena Tafvelin Heldner)

The Church of Sweden (Pernilla Jonsson)

Cecilia Melder, psychologist of religion and initiator of the network for existential public health; 

Mattias Östmar, pioneer in Data Science

Per Johansson, public intellectual

Ted Harris, Pastor in the Congregation of Farsta, public educator on existentialism for the late modern age

Markus Huss, data scientist and bioinformatics researcher

Associated partners

With our associated partners the Hub is planning joint activities, exchanges, and new research initiatives.

  • Future Mobilities, Automation and Ethics Group: Sarah Pink, Professor of Design and Emerging Technologies, and Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Faculties of Information Technology and Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University & Vaike Fors Associate Professor of Pedagogy at the Future Mobility Center, School of Information Technology, Halmstad University.

Other networks and collaborations

The Hub is connected to the following networks, and intends to further its intellectual collaborations with these scholarly trusts:

  • Ecological Narratives: Bio/Cyber/Semiotic Perspectives at Uppsala University headed by N. Katherine Hayles and Sofia Ahlberg, sees both natural material processes and technical digital processes as ecologies. On one hand, biosemiotics is about naturally-occurring vital processes readable as symbolic sign systems and information flow. On the other end of the spectrum is information flow in the cybernetic world which deals with selection processes and feedback loops. These two apparently separate orders can be understood in similar terms as complex systems processing material information. In our view, the natural and the technological reveal affinities with one another. A key question that we pursue is what role narrative plays in negotiating these two orders? Contact: Sofia Ahlberg
  • The Posthumanities Hub: Cecilia Åsberg Director & Marietta Radomska Co-director, The Posthumanities Hub, Linköping University and KTH, Stockholm.
  • CREA: Cross-Disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation. Dr. Luis de Miranda, philosopher and historian of ideas & Professor Alessandro Saffiotti, Head of the Cognitive Robotic Systems Laboratory.
  • Death Online Research Network. Dorthe Refslund Christensen, Aarhus University
  • Digital Humanities Uppsala. Headed by Anna Foka, Associate Professor in IT and Humanities.