Joint Nordic Use of WAB Bergen and VWA Helsinki (JNU VWAB) (2008-2011)

In 2007, WAB produced - in cooperation with the Georg Henrik von Wright Archives in Helsinki (VWA) and the Nordic network for Wittgenstein research (NNWR) - a proposal to NordForsk for financial support of the project "Joint Nordic Use of WAB Bergen and VWA Helsinki (JNU VWAB)". NordForsk selected the project for financing and will support it with NOK 997 800. JNU VWAB will run from 2008 to 2011 and has as its prinicipal purpose to give Nordic researchers coordinated use of WAB and VWA. It is expected, that at least fifteen research projects will be carried out by individual researchers ("users") or by research groups ("user groups") under JNU VWAB. The term "user group" means a group of researchers, not necessarily all coming from the same country, participating in the same project.

The Wittgenstein resources at WAB and VWA are complementary. Together they form a uniquely comprehensive infrastructure in Wittgenstein research. Additionally, WAB is also central for research in digital scholarly editing, text technology and digital humanities more generally. Proposals for projects can therefore relate to both: (1) Wittgenstein research and philosophy, (2) digital scholarly editing, text technology and digital humanities, (3) Fields of intersection between (1) and (2). Selection of project proposals to be carried out under JNU VWAB will follow call and evaluation procedures.

Researchers of any citizenship are eligible for benefitting under JNU VWAB, as long as they are based in a Nordic country/affiliated to a research institution in the Nordic countries. "Nordic" refers in this context to the Nordic and Baltic countries and North-West Russia (Denmark DK, Estonia EE, Finland FIN, Iceland IS, Latvia LV, Lithuania LT, Norway NO, Russia RU, Sweden SE).


  • NordForsk project number: 070355
  • Project period: 1.1.2008-31.12.2011
  • Project coordinator: Alois Pichler (WAB), in cooperation with Thomas Wallgren (VWA, University of Helsinki, Philosophy Department)
  • Management committee and User selection panel: Hanne Ahonen-Appelqvist (Philosophy Department, Helsinki, FIN), Tone Merete Bruvik (AKSIS (since 2009 "Uni Digital"), Bergen, NO), Anne-Marie Christensen (Philosophy Department, Odense, DK), Mats Dahlström (Library and Information Science, Borås, SE), Paula Henrikson (Litteraturvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala, SE), Lars Hertzberg (Philosophy Department, Åbo, FIN), Alois Pichler (WAB, AKSIS (since 2009 "Uni Digital"), Bergen, NO), Simo Säätelä (Philosophy Department, Bergen, NO), Thomas Wallgren (Philosophy Department, Helsinki, FIN)
  • User representatives: [tba.]
  • Scientific support: Wittgenstein Research Group at the University of Bergen (WFG); Text Technology Group at AKSIS (since 2009 "Uni Digital") (TTG); Wittgenstein Research Group at the University of Helsinki (HWG)
  • Logistic and technical support: Eldbjørg Gunnarson, AKSIS (since 2009 "Uni Digital"), and Rebekka Nistad, Philosophy Department at the University of Bergen; Bernt Östermann, The von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives (WWA)
  • Total budget: ca. NOK 1 390 000
  • NordForsk grant: NOK 997 800
  • Calls for proposals: 8.1.2008 (deadline: 29.2.2008), 7.4.2008 (deadline: 14.5.2008), 26.11.2008 (deadline: 31.1.2009), 11.5.2009 (deadline: 20.8.2009), 23.9.2009 (deadline: 1.12.2009), 9.5.2010 (deadline: 7.6.2010)

  • Sites

  • Calls for proposals (2008 - 1st call; 2008 - 2nd call; 2008 - 3rd call; 2009 - 4th call; 2009 - 5th call; 2010 - 6th call)
  • Application form
  • Description of resources and support available to JNU VWAB users

  • Conferences

  • Mid-term conference in Helsinki 14.4.2010
  • Concluding conference in Helsinki 11.-12.11.2011