Urszula Pawlicka-Deger

About the project

DH Infra (#DHInfra) is a research blog related to the ongoing Marie Skłodowska-Curie project, “Digital Humanities Laboratory: Studying the Entanglement of Infrastructure and Technology in Knowledge Production” by Dr Urszula Pawlicka-Deger.

The project aims to provide a critical analysis of digital humanities working practices in a laboratory environment and infrastructural influences on knowledge production. The study is drawn on a novel empirical investigation of laboratory practices in digital humanities by merging various ethnographic methods: a laboratory ethnography developed in science and technology studies, the ethnography of infrastructure in sociology and information studies, and digital ethnography in the anthropology. The integrative methodology approach aims to build a new toolset for studying the intertwining of human organisation, infrastructure, and knowledge. This research also intends to propose a humanities-centred analysis of infrastructure, which has the potential to reveal technical, socio-political, and cultural complexities entangled in local and global contexts.

The research is based on case studies of the UK digital humanities labs with a central focus on King’s Digital Lab, participatory observation, interviews, and analysis of written documents. As part of this research, Dr Pawlicka-Deger will organise seminars and workshops, present her outcomes at international conferences, and publish scholarly articles, methodological guidance, and monograph.

About me

Dr Urszula Pawlicka-Deger is an international scholar in the fields of digital humanities and knowledge production studies. Her academic research is focused on the intersections between technology, infrastructure, and knowledge. Her interests include digital humanities lab studies, global knowledge infrastructures, local and global research practices, and critical digital humanities.

She is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at King’s Digital Lab at King’s College London. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, a Fulbright scholar at Washington State University Vancouver, and a fellow at Stony Brook University, King’s College London, and the University of Birmingham.

She is a member of the Critical Infrastructure Studies collective and on the Executive Board of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, a Special Interest Group of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations.

Dr Pawlicka-Deger is an editor of the Digital Humanities Quarterly special issue “Lab and Slack. Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities” (2020, 14.3), and a book collection of Digital Humanities and Laboratories (Routledge, in progress). She is the author of Electronic Literature: Towards Processual Approach (Katedra, 2017) and scholarly articles published in peer-review international journals. You can find more details on Dr Pawlicka-Deger’s work on her website: pawlickadeger.com