The DATA LAB is a forum for collaborative co-creation and experimentation with diverse forms of doing and communicating academic knowledge. We meet across disciplinary, institutional and career-stage boundaries to inspire informal scholarly conversations, share experience, experiment, talk, learn together, and develop critical approaches to themes that concern the politics of “data”, and digital technologies in a variety of contexts and practices, including scholarly such.

The DATA LAB aims to facilitate new conversations and collaborations and will evolve in through ideas and suggested themes from the participants in workshops. The informal workshop format complements the existing traditional seminar groups and text focused work and allows for new ways to be creative, explorative and playful within academia. We are inspired by STS, feminist technoscience, media studies, anthropology, philosophy of technology, critical data studies, visualization research, the digital humanities, digital sociology and related fields.

The DATA LAB was initiated by Julia Velkova (TEMA-T), and is currently jointly co-chaired by Maria Eidenskog, Julia Velkova and Katherine Harrison (from the fall 2023).

It is hosted by the Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA), Linköping University.

When: We meet on Wednesdays, 3-4 times per term, starting from Spring 2023.


NEXT LAB: 17 May 2023 9:30 – 12:00

Scholarly Research in Plaintext: Using the Zettlekasten method, Markdown and Pandoc to Organize a Susatinable Scholarly Workflow

Led by Charles Berret, post-doctoral researcher, TEMA-Gender / Media and Information Technologies.

Abstract: Every researcher needs a system to organize their work, but many tools and platforms end up working against us. The purpose of this workshop is to examine how the tools we use impact how we conduct scholarly research, especially when those tools are a source of friction with the mental models that best match our projects, practices, and materials. Focusing specifically on text-based research practices, we will explore the Zettelkasten method as a platform-independent, open-source workflow developed in the Digital Humanities to support scholars in gathering, organizing, and developing ideas from notes, to drafts, to manuscripts.


Past events during Spring 2023:

25 January 9:30 – 12:00 Engaging with Apps: Methods and Questions. With Darcy Parks and Julia Velkova

15 March 9:30 – 12:00  Beyond Academic Publics: Collaborating with Cultural Institutions in Research and Communication (together with the Hub for Digital Welfare), led by Anne Kaun, Julia Velkova and Maria Eidenskog