IS Colloquium Presents Diverse Topics Within Information Fields

Annual series begins with a talk by Doria Johnson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 6.

The UCLA Information Studies Colloquium series, “Surfacing the Unseen,” will begin on Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. in Room 121 of the GSE&IS Building, with a talk by Doria Johnson, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will discuss her work in Black Feminist and Womanist theories. Johnson’s talk, “Use What You Got to Get What You Want: Searching High and Low for Big Momma and ‘Dem,” is based on her dissertation and focuses on the migration of Black women during the early 20th Century to the suburbs. Johnson posits that the domestic labor of Black women, provoked largely by the lynchings of African Americans, financed the Great Migration of six million African Americans out of the rural South to urban areas of the Northeast, Midwest, and the West throughout the 20th Century.

The second event in the IS Colloquium series will feature Astrid Von Rosen, senior lecturer of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She will speak on “Dance Community Archiving and the Power of Pluralizing Visual Records,” drawn from recent research at the University of Gothenburg and University College London on the Swedish independent dance group Rubicon.

The IS Colloquium provides a forum for perspectives from the wide diversity of information fields, intellectual exchange, and professional networking. All colloquia are held in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Building, Room 111, unless otherwise specified, on Thursdays at 3:00pm. Receptions following each talk will take place in the 2nd floor Salon. The IS Colloquium is free to attend and open to interested members of the community unless otherwise noted. (Please note: The Oct. 6 event will take place in Rm. 121.)

The IS Colloquium schedule is as follows:


OCT 6, Doria Johnson, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

OCT 12, Astrid Von Rosen, Senior Lecturer, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Gothenburg

NOV 2, Mishuana Goeman, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Native American Studies, UCLA

NOV 9, Emilia Yang, PhD Student Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) University of Southern California

NOV 30, Anna Lauren Hoffman, Assistant Professor, The Information School, University of Washington

DEC 14, Vivienne Ming, Theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur & author, Co-founder of Socos



JAN 18, Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA

JAN 25, Jamila Ghaddar, PhD Student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

FEB 1, Thomas Padilla, Humanities Data Curator, UC Santa Barbara

FEB 8, Lissa D. Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Department of Deaf Studies, California State University, Northridge

MAR 8, Michal Kosinsky, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University



APR 19, Matt Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of English and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

APR 26, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Comparative Literature and English, School of Humanities, UC Irvine


The IS Colloquium is a fragrance-free event in order to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The use of perfumes and colognes can trigger serious health issues. As a courtesy to individuals who have fragrance allergies, please refrain from wearing personal care products with fragrance when attending classes and events in GSE&IS. More information about being scent-free can be found here.

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