International Projects

European Culture and Technology Laboratory – ECT Lab+

GradCAM is a partner of the newly established research centre for Arts and Humanities within the European University of Technology. Phd students and Staff within GradCAM are participating the development of the ECT Lab

The European Culture and Technology Laboratory, ECT Lab+, is a key component of the European University of Technology.

Transdisciplinarity for understanding technology

ECT Lab+, as a transdisciplinary collaborative structure, conducts cutting-edge research and in-depth investigations into the nature and function of technology. Its objective is to clarify and promote a specific European model around technology while helping legal and regulatory frameworks to evolve in a relevant direction.

Research missions

Following its formal establishment on February 4, 2020, ECT Lab+‘s mission is to:

  • Promote a transdisciplinary perspective on technology through the articulation of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Art & Humanities, and Engineering Sciences
  • Integrate research on the humanities and social sciences into the overall research of the European University
  • Create a critical mass in research in the arts, humanities and social sciences within the European university.

The Digital Studies Network

GradCAM with Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick is a founding member of the Digital Studies Network based at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris at the Institute of Research and Innovation. This network is lead by the French Philosopher Bernard Stiegler and has for aim the critical examination of Digital Technologies and their impact on the construction of Knowledge (epistemology) and on cultural production (Aesthetics). The research hub based at Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media in Dublin has for focus the critical examination of technologies and cultural production. The Graduate School has a number of PhD researchers and Staff undertaking research in this area at the intersection of artistic practice and the use of new technologies. GradCAM hosts the Digital Studies Seminar which takes place at the Campus in Grangegorman for further information see seminar pages on this website.

“Today every academic discipline is affected by digital technologies, but we do not possess sufficient theoretical models to study how they influence knowledge, on an epistemological level (in the sense of Gaston Bachelard). We believe that this issue should be analyzed across all academic disciplines, each of which should maintain their differences whilst also recognizing common appointments, and hence the consequences of this at an epistemic level (in the sense of Michel Foucault). This idea is the basis of what we call “digital studies”.

The Digital Studies Network was launched by the Institute for Research and Innovation during the 2012 Talks on the New Industrial World. It brings together researchers from many countries who share in the fundamental thesis of “digital studies,” and informally explore, through seminars and workshops, as well as a contributory website ( All network members can participate in this contributory research by publishing their own web content (e.g. text, video, audio recording, etc.).

The call for Digital Studies is available here Digital Studies, other members of the Digital Studies Network include University of California, Berkeley, CalArts, Tufts University, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Goldsmiths London, Durham university, Leuphana University of Luneburg, Institut de recherche et innovation, Universite Technologique de Compiegne.

For further information about the Digital Studies Network and its activities see the Digital Studies Website.


SHARE  | Step-change for Higher Arts Research and Education.

GradCAM is the lead partner of the SHARE project. ELIA and GradCAM, Dublin jointly coordinate SHARE – Step-change for Higher Arts Research and Education. The European Commission has selected the project for structural funding over the period 2010-2013.

36 graduate schools and institutions engaged in third-cycle research in the arts take part, representing almost all European countries.

SHARE consists of three networks, working independently:

  1. A network of existing graduate schools to develop innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches and programmes of world-class excellence, building upon the current EARN European Artistic Research Network;
  2. A newly to form network for developing third-cycle education, providing information, support and a collaboration base for programmes in the start-up phase;
  3. A network of researchers and supervisors, continuing and expanding the EUFRAD forum for research degrees in arts and design.


Further working groups are concerned with the validation, advocacy, and dissemination of artistic research; conferences in Copenhagen, London, and Brussels are planned.

GradCAM is a lead partner in the European Artistic Research Network and will be host ‘Thinking on Stage’ EARN symposium in Dublin in May 2014.  See European Artistic Research Network for more information : EARN




ReaLsMs (Real Smart Cities) is a 3 year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action funded research project conducted under the auspices of RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange). The overarching objective of the ReaLsMS is to develop and implement a critical perspective on the Smart City and Smart City discourses through critical humanities research and innovation.

ReaLsMs notes that our relationship to the city has changed radically with the development of the Smart City and Data City technologies. The use of digital technology in the management of urban life is being celebrated through its potential for enhancement. Underpinning ReaLsMs’ mission, however, is the recognition that it is necessary to retain a space for critical engagement in conjunction with the incorporation of technological developments, especially as Smart Cities are transforming the rights and responsibilities of urban inhabitants.

Our research will be achieved through the collaboration of academic and non-academic partners based across Europe and Ecuador, and facilitated through an extensive series of secondments of established and early stage researchers between partner organisations.

The joint research fields of ReaLsMs will be the development of historical and philosophical underpinnings of the Data City and the implementation of the Smart City within local governance structures. Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the key to this Research Exchange is developing new modes of participation for citizens in the Smart City while providing opportunities for engagement through the illumination of technological infrastructures.




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