Digital Lab for Islamic Visual Culture & Collections

A University of Edinburgh Research Network

The Lab is exploring mixed reality technologies to create new experiences of Islamic spaces, objects, and histories. Contributing to the digital global cultural heritage landscape, its mission is making immersive experiences about Islamic art and history accessible to all.

Information on the Lab’s current and past projects is available here.

Based in the Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, the Lab brings together students and researchers from across the university (such as Creative Informatics, uCreate Studio, the Centre for Data, Culture & Society, and the History & Games Lab) to work on creative, interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with partners such as the National Museum of Scotland.

Internships & Learning Opportunities

SPRING 2022: Postgraduate Research Assistantship (funded by Creative Informatics)

NEW Summer 2022: Internships (Remote or on-site): Digital Munya 2.0/Visual Culture of Andalusi Residences

If you have ideas for an internship or learning opportunity do drop us a note and we can provide information on potential funding sources such as the Learning Opportunity Fund for students at the University of Edinburgh. If you have funding in place we will be happy to discuss your interests and skills and if/how they might be a good fit for our projects.

Our Values & Ethics

Diversity. Inclusion. Justice. Respect. Creativity. Collaboration. Interdisciplinarity. Accessibility.

These are the values on which the Lab was founded, and which we strive to uphold through our work. What does this mean in practice?

Recognising that digitisation and heritage come with significant ethical implications, our work is committed to the thoughtful application of new technologies. We are guided by the Creative Informatics Ethics Statement, which encourages best practices and thoughtful reflection on work with data and new technologies in the creative industries.

We look for projects that diversify art, architecture, cultural heritage, and history. We strive to make knowledge about Islamic art and history accessible outside the academy. We work on collaborative teams that are diverse: in gender, sexual and national identities, ethnicities, personal backgrounds and experiences, and in disciplinary expertise. We believe in equitable pay for all and we do not request or provide unpaid labour.

If you’re interested in getting involved with our work, or to be added to the Lab’s mailing list, drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you.