We invite to a multidisciplinary conference for scholars and practitioners who study the implementation and potential of visual and multi-sensory representations to challenge and diversify our understanding of history and culture.
While representations of the past are often expressed through artificial conventions masked as fact, current technology facilitates visual, audible and multi-sensory approaches that have the potential to bring us closer than ever to our subject(s) of inquiry.

Taking account of how cultural ideas, traditions and practices are constructed (and are constructing), transferred and disseminated in society, the goal of the conference is to connect a wide range of researchers and practitioners within heritage studies, digital humanities, history and adjoining disciplines. We invite participants to critically address how visual, audible and multi-sensory representations, technologies and techniques can be used to challenge, diversify or uproot currently dominant and (often problematic) ideas of place, people and culture.

Specially invited keynote and plenary speakers addressing diversity, uncertainty and multi-sensory representations in a number of international projects include Cecilia Lindhé, Maria Roussou, Tayfun Öner, Maurizio Forte, Eleni Bozia and Jonas Linderoth.

We hope you will find this conference to be of interest and we look forward to seeing you in Gothenburg in March! The preliminary programme is available here. For suggestions regarding accommodation, please see our list of recommended hostels and hotels. For visitors, registration is open until February 28.
Critical Heritage Studies (CHS) at the University of Gothenburg is a priority research area devoted to critical and interdisciplinary studies of the many layers of cultural heritage as a material, intangible, emotional and intellectual field. Its activities are framed in three research areas: Urban Heritage, Staging the Archives, and Globalising Heritage.
Centre for Digital Humanities
The Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Gothenburg was established in order to create a creative environment for new venues and projects within and across Humanities research. It focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations and methodological development, and is the administrative centre of the emerging Nordic section of European Association for Digital Humanities.
HUMlab is a vibrant meeting place for the humanities, culture and information technology at Umeå University. Current research and development is covering fields such as interactive architecture, religious rituals in online environments, 3D modelling, the study of movement and flow in physical and digital spaces through using game technology, geographical information systems, and making cultural heritage accessible through interpretative tool sets. HUMlab is part of large research programmes with Stanford University, and collaborates widely on an international level.
Visual Arena Lindholmen is a neutral environment to support innovative development projects through the use of visualisation. We run visualisation networks, offer interactive meeting places and can demonstrate the latest visualisation technology at our studio at Lindholmen Science Park. The overall aim of Visual Arena is to enhance visualisation as an area by highlighting new and sometimes unexpected applications where visualisation can become a tool to show complex relationships or how technology can be used in education. The vision is also to create a world-class visualisation environment that offers academia, industry and public sector a common arena for interaction and innovation.
Southern Sweden´s largest museum is located on Malmöhusvägen in the heart of Malmö in a beautiful park-like setting surrounded by canals. At Malmö Museer you can see everything from the Nordic region´s oldest surviving Renaissance castle to a real submarine and fantastic vehicles. The museum´s permanent exhibitions focus on history, natural history, technology and seafaring. There are also about a dozen temporary exhibitions every year.
LinCS is a national centre of excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council (2006-cont.) and with additional funding from several agencies. The focus of the research is on issues of the relationship between learning and media, in particular how digital technologies and media transform how knowledge and information circulate in society, and the implications of these developments for learning at the individual and collective level. The research projects include studies of learning in educational settings (in various subjects and areas), at work places (hospitals, industry, design etc.), and in virtual environments and communities.
The conference is made possible through a generous grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1962, the Swedish Riksdag approved a donation from Riksbanken (the Swedish Central Bank), aimed at celebrating Riksbanken’s 300th anniversary in 1968 and, simultaneously, supporting an important national objective.