Culture, humanities and society

Culture, digital humanities and society


Research Proposal 5. Culture, digital humanities ans society


Research Group

Food and nutrition, culture, and society

This research line aims to study food (as a transversal item), nutrition and gastronomy from biosocial perspectives linked to the digital world. It is interested in changes in eating habits and food structures, their embedded cultural patterns, and the influence of global and 'glocal' trends in the field of food and nutrition. 

Dr F. Xavier Medina 
Dr Alícia Aguilar 




Culture and digital humanities.

This line of research explores the entanglements between culture and technology within a digital humanities framework. On the one side, we aim at analysing how technology offers new methodologies to study cultural phenomena; on the other side, we aim at studying how culture is produced and transformed with the use of digital technologies. In that respect, we will prioritize doctoral research on the use of big data, data mining and visualizations applied to the study of cultural phenomena, digital archives, and cultural histories combining quantitative and qualitative analyses. We will also propose a critical approach in the analyses of the digital humanities field in the Global North so that we can develop it too in the Global South. 

Dr Laura Fólica




The novel and the literary market.

This line of research explores the circulation of the contemporary novel in the international literary market within a digital humanities framework. We aim at crossing formal and materialist, digital approaches to study the emergent genre of the global novel, defined as a narrative form that aspires to represent and think about the contemporary world from a global perspective. For that purpose, we welcome PhD proposals that seek to explore, analyse and digitally map the circulation of a selected corpora of post-1989 novels concerned with global matters, such as global violence, inequality, migration, and climate change. The goal is to expand and decentralize the field of study to non-Anglophone works and non-traditional/hegemonic circulation paths, and to attend to how these novels circulate at a large scale in the international literary market. 

Dr Neus Rotger




Gender and culture in the Global South.

This research line builds on the study of sociocultural phenomena with a gender perspective. Prioritizing a transnational, decolonial, gender, and interdisciplinary perspective, we analyse the circulation of cultural goods and mediators that have been marginalized in the modern construction of Global North history. As such, we wield empirical, situated, and de-essentialized knowledge, understanding culture as a broad phenomenon that is transgressed by networks of global exchange. As such, we apply a decentred, politically and ethically accountable perspective to cultural history to unearth the role that women of the Global South, along with other invisibilized actants in Latour’s terms, have played in the establishment of various transnational cultures. Within a relational approach, we aim to use digital methods and a large-scale analysis in order to create networks and databases that we can make available digitally in turn. Likewise, tools and methods from different disciplines, such as literature, translation, other art forms, and anthropology, will prove key to this analysis, reconstruction, and rewriting of different cultural histories from multiple perspectives.



Dr Aurea Mota





Imaginaries of the Future.

This line of research explores how specific imaginaries of the future (and imaginaries of the future in general) play a part in the shaping of social relationships. Hence we welcome PhD proposals that seek to analyse how these imaginaries are shaped and how they interrelate with the present moment. We welcome proposals that focus on specific imaginaries of the future and seek to analyse them from a sociological/cultural studies perspective. Examples of potential topics could be, for instance, imaginaries of future technologies, imaginaries of climate change, imaginaries of the younger generations, imaginaries of parenthood, romantic imaginaries. These imaginaries can be found either through qualitative and ethnographic analysis of everyday life, in films, in TV series, in novels, in the media, in social media. We also welcome projects that provide alternatives for where to look for these imaginaries.




Dr. Natàlia Cantó Milà







Emerging forms of popular culture: Production/Consumption, practices and imaginaries.
This line of research proposes a relational analysis of emergent forms of popular culture from the perspective of cultural studies and/or sociology of culture. The aim is to investigate how the process of culture takes place in current times and through the strong mediation of technology, media and patterns of consumption related to the current forms of capitalism.
The methodological approaches can vary from ethnographic, qualitative studies, and action research through cultural practices to semiotic analyses of cultural products. The areas of research are preferably – although not exclusively – youth cultures, contemporary myths, nostalgia, (sociology of) emotions, imaginaries of love, science, technology, community, public sphere, or labour.




Dr. Natàlia Cantó Milà