IS Colloquia Series Highlights Global Expertise in Information, Archives, and Collections

Webinar series beginning Oct. 29 is presented by doctoral students in the UCLA Department of Information Studies.

The 2020-21 UCLA Information Studies Colloquia will begin on Oct. 29 as a series of webinars, providing a space for intellectual exchange and professional networking. Organised by UCLA IS doctoral students and hosted by the UCLA Department of Information Studies, the events, which will take place on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. PST, are free and open to the public. 

“We are honoured to host around twenty speakers from all over the world this academic year—from our own IS department, UCLA at large, and all the way to China,” says Pietro Santachiara, Bernard and Martin Breslauer Fellow and one of the organizers of the IS Colloquia. “The aim of the series has remained unchanged, in that it continues to bring together students and scholars to critically analyze and discuss some of the most pressing issues concerning information, knowledge and society. We are truly grateful to our speakers for joining us despite the current circumstances dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to promoting community-building conversations.”

Eight events in the series are specially presented by UCLA donors and entities. Supported by the Bernard and Martin Breslauer Fund, the Colloquium on Dec. 3 will feature Álvaro Seiça, Emerging Breslauer Scholar and visiting researcher, who will speak about “The Art of Deleting: On Poetry and Erasure,” and on Apr. 1, 2021, Athena Jackson, Breslauer Scholar and director of Library Special Collections at the UCLA Library, who will present “Change Management During Times of Change: Administering Mission at Foundational and Sustainable Levels.” Finally, on Apr. 8, Johanna Drucker, the Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography and Distinguished Professor of UCLA’s Department of Information Studies, will speak on “Inventing the Alphabet: A Study in Knowledge Production and Transmission.”

The Kenneth Karmiole Lecture in Archival Studies will be given by Jennifer Douglas, assistant professor at the iSchool of the University of British Columbia on Jan. 28, 2021. In addition, the first Colloquium event on Oct. 29 will be a talk on “An Archival Cure: Remedy, Care, and Curation of HIV-Positive Artists’ Records with the Visual AIDS Archive Project,” by Marika Cifor (’17, Ph.D., Information Studies), assistant professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.

The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures at UCLA will present Irene Pasquetto, assistant professor of information at the University of Michigan – and an alumna of UCLA IS – who will speak on “Infrastructures of Disinformation: Misuse and Weaponization of Preprints During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” In addition, UCLA Digital Humanities will present Kim Gallon, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University on Dec. 10, who will speak about “Homegoing: The Technology of Living Data and Black Public Mourning in the Age of COVID-19”; and Roopika Risam, associate professor of English at Salem State University on Feb. 4, 2021. 

The 2020-21 Information Studies Colloquia schedule is as follows:

Fall 2020

10/29/2020 – Marika Cifor
Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington

“An Archival Cure: Remedy, Care, and Curation of HIV-Positive Artists’ Records with the Visual AIDS Archive Project”; Talk co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women 

11/19/2020 – Liang Xinkun
Assistant Professor, Peking University 

“Grounded Theory in Information Studies” 

12/03/2020 – Álvaro Seiça, Emerging Breslauer Scholar 
Visiting Researcher, UCLA Department of Information Studies

“The Art of Deleting: On Poetry and Erasure” 

12/10/2020 – Kim Gallon, Digital Humanities Speaker
Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

“Homegoing: The Technology of Living Data and Black Public Mourning in the Age of COVID-19” 

Winter-Spring 2021

01/07/2021 – Ramesh Srinivasan
UCLA Professor of Information Studies & Design Media Arts 

“The Internet of Tomorrow” 

01/14/2021 – Xiaomi An
Distinguished Professor, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University of China

“Development of Meta-synthetic Methodology and Its Implications” 

01/21/2021 – Jessica Lapp, Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto 

“Imagining Records Creation: Provenancial Fabulation in Archives of Feminist Materials” 

01/28/2021 – Jennifer Douglas, Kenneth Karmiole Lecture in Archival Studies
Assistant Professor, iSchool, University of British Columbia 

“The Pink Room and Other Archive Stories”

02/04/2021 – Roopika Risam, Digital Humanities Speaker
Associate Professor, English department, Salem State University 

TBA

02/11/2021 – Miriam Posner
Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies

TBA 

02/18/2021 – Yanni Loukissas
Associate Professor of Digital Media, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

“From Civic Data Sets to Civic Data Settings”

03/04/2021 – Gracen Brilmyer (’20, Ph.D., Information Studies)
Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, McGill University

“Archival Access: Disabled Archival Users and The Affects of In/Accessibility”

03/11/2021 – Gregory Leazer
Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies

TBA

04/01/2021 – Athena Jackson, Breslauer Scholar
Director, UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA Library 

“Change Management During Times of Change: Administering Mission at Foundational and Sustainable Levels” 

04/08/2021 – Johanna Drucker
Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies

“Inventing the Alphabet: A Study in Knowledge Production and Transmission”

04/15/2021 – Anne Gilliland
Associate Dean and Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies

“Weaponized Documentation and Recordkeeping Practices: Are Refugee Rights in Records the Answer?” 

04/22/2021 – Irene Pasquetto, Center for Knowledge Infrastructures Speaker (’18, Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan 

“Infrastructures of Disinformation: Misuse and Weaponization of Preprints During the COVID-19 Pandemic” 

05/06/2021 – Michelle Caswell
Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies

“Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work” 

05/13/2021 – Robert Montoya (’03, B.A. American Literature and Culture; ’15, MLIS; ’17 Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies 

“Power, Positionality, and Institutional Representation” 

For more information about the UCLA Information Studies Colloquia and past events, visit this link.

Above: UCLA’s Powell Library