The Information Studies Colloquium provides a forum for intellectual exchange and professional networking. All events are free and open to interested members of the community unless otherwise noted.

All colloquia are usually held in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Building, Room 111, on Thursdays at 3:00pm. Receptions to follow in the 2nd floor Salon.

We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors in our building. This goal of accessibility includes keeping our classrooms as scent-free as possible by specifically avoiding the use of perfumes and colognes as they can trigger serious health issues. In this regard, as a courtesy to individuals who have fragrance allergies, please refrain from wearing personal care products with fragrance when attending classes and events in GSEIS.

More information about being scent-free can be found here:

Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community.


Professors Melina Abdullah and Ramesh Srinivasan on Information, Access and Activism









2018 – 2019



OCT 11, Gato Negro Ediciones, Independent Press, Mexico City, “South of No North: Gato Negro Ediciones”

OCT 18, Julia Hause, Assistant Archivist, Sisters of Social Services of Los Angeles, “Murky Waters: The Revival of the Salton Sea History Museum”

OCT 25, Ana Carolina de Moura Delfim Maciel, Research, Memory Center, State University of Campinas, President, Brazilian Oral History Association, “Mind Palace or Memory Palace”

NOV 8, Gregory Rolan, Research Fellow, Monash University, ” Participatory Recordkeeping and the Rights in Records by Design Project”

NOV 15, Patrik Svensson, Professor, Humanities and Information Technology, Umeå University, Visiting Professor, Digital Humanities, UCLA, “Human/istic Infrastructure”

NOV 29, Veronica Barassi, Lecturer, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University, “Data and Citizenship: Critical Questions and Research Perspectives from the Margins”

DEC 6, Dr. Marcia Bates, Professor Emerita, UCLA Dept. of Information Studies, on “Designing Search Interfaces for our Inner Hunter-Gatherer: Getting Serious about Browsing.”

DEC 13, Audrey Bennett, Distinguished Scholar, University of Pretoria, Former College Art Association Professional Development Fellow, “Using Interactive Aesthetics to Engage Youth with the Heritage Algorithms Embedded in Gees Bend, Anishinaabe, Lakota, and Appalachian Quilts”



JAN 10, Lily Irani, Assistant Professor, Communication, Science Studies, Critical Gender Studies, University of San Diego, TBA

JAN 17, Roberto Hernández, Associate Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University, “Colonially of the US/Mexico Border: Power, Violence, and the Decolonial Imperative”

JAN 24, Mizuko Ito, Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine, “Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning”

FEB 7, Adrienne Benally, Doctoral Student, Claremont Graduate University, “The ‘Coloniality of Power’ in Tribal Fossil Energy Development: Examining the Navajo Nation’s 2013 Decision to Actively Engage in Coal Mining”

FEB 21, Joe Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College (CUNY), “”It’s not for us, it’s for THEM”: Mexican-American Experiences with Their School Library”

FEB 28, UCLA Labor Center, “Research Justice: Research from the Ground Up”



APR 11, Aomar Boum, Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, “Paper, Heat and Termites: The Private Manuscripts of Southern Moroccan Oases”

MAY 23, Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, “Status Update: Online Content Moderation at Crisis Point”


Other IS Lectures


The Francis Clarke Sayers Lecture Series:

This annual lecture series honors Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), distinguished children’s librarian, inspiring master teacher, author, storyteller, and member of the UCLA Department of Library and Information Science faculty from 1960-1989.


The Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series in Archival Studies:

The Kenneth Karmiole Lecture is made possible by a generous gift from Information Studies alumnus Kenneth Karmiole. The Karmiole Lecture Fund provides departmental support to bring speakers to campus for greater national and international visibility of the Archival Studies program within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

Past Colloquium Speakers



  • OCT 6 (CANCELED), Doria Johnson, PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Use What You Got to Get What You Want: Searching High and Low for Big Momma and Dem'”
  • OCT 12, Astrid Von Rosen, Senior Lecturer, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Gothenburg, “Dance Community Archiving and the Power of Pluralizing Visual Records”
  • NOV 2, Mishuana Goeman, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Native American Studies, UCLA, “Anticolonial Tools, the Digital Terrain and Working with Tribal Communities”
  • NOV 9, Emilia Yang, PhD Student Interdisciplinary Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) University of Southern California, “Political Memories and Imaginative Futures Through Playful Methodologies”
  • NOV 30, Anna Lauren Hoffman, Assistant Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, “Towards a Conception of Data Violence”
  • DEC 14, Vivienne Ming, Theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur & author, Co-founder of Socos, “Technology & Society”
  • JAN 18, Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA, “Dead Archives, Displaced Monuments: The 1962 Bureaucratic Ruptures Between Colonial France and Independent Algeria”
  • JAN 25, Jim Enote, Executive Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center and CEO, Colorado Plateau Foundation, “The Museum as a Space for Knowing, Unknowing, and Mediation”
  • FEB 1, Thomas Padilla, Digital Research Services Librarian, University of Nevada Las Vegas, “On the Value of Uncertainty and Nonscalability”
  • FEB 8, Lissa D. Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Department of Deaf Studies, California State University, Northridge, “Black Deaf Communities: The Invisible Stories Within Black History”
  • FEB 22, Jamila Ghaddar, PhD Student, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, “That Keening Trajectory: Archival Place, Third World Futurities and the Making of a Global Order”
  • MAR 1, Fiorella Foscarini, Associate Professor, Director of Concurrent Registration Option, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, “Making Records: Collaboration and Identity Construction in Organizations”
  • MAR 8, Michal Kosinsky, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, “Predicting Intimate Traits from Digital Footprints”
  • APR 12, Victoria Lemieux, Senior Public Sector Specialist (Information Management), Associate Professor of Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia, “Evaluating Blockchain Recordkeeping: An Archival Science Theoretical Framework”
  • APR 19 (BRESLAUER LECTURE), Matt Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of English and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “Time and the Bibliographer”
  • APR 26, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Comparative Literature and English, School of Humanities, UC Irvine, “Calculating Violence Against Women: Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) and the World Bank Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study”
  • MAY 3, Diana Nucera, Director, Detroit Community Technology Project & Cayden Mak, Executive Director, 18 Million Rising, “Reimagining the Internet from the Bottom Up”
  • MAY 10, Skawennati, Mohawk multimedia artist, Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and Partnership Coordinator of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, “Skawennati: Indigenous Futurism in an Artistic Practice”






  • November 7 – Richard Chabran and Melissa Camaoire, with Ramesh Srinivasan, “Why Diversity Matters in Information Studies: A Roundtable Discussion with IS Diversity Council”
  • November 14 – Ciaran Trace, “Archives and Human Centered Computing”
  • November 21 – Chris Borgman, “Scholarship in the Networked World: Big Data, Little Data, No Data”
  • January 9 – Christopher Kelty and PartLab (Roderic Crooks, Morgan Currie, Seth Erickson, Patricia Garcia, Aaron Panofsky, Michael Wartenbe, Stacy Wood), “Disentangling Participation: Theoretical, Methodological and Collaborative Approaches”
  • January 16 – Elizabeth Losh, “The President’s Blackberry: Ubiquitous Computing and State Sovereignty in the Obama Administration”
  • January 23 – Jason Farman, “Bodies, Spaces, and the Mobile Interface”
  • February 6 – Katie Herzog, “Expressionist Librarianship, Psychedelic Informatics, and Experimental Lexicography: Information Science as Art Material”
  • February 20 – Sarah Roberts, “Behind the Screen: The Commercial Internet Content Moderation Industry and its Workers”
  • February 27 – Mario Biagioli, “Ghostwriting in Science and the Problem of Authorship”
  • April 3 – Christo Sims, “The Cutting Edge of Fun: Learning Privilege in the Digital Age”
  • April 10 – Lisa Parks, “Water, Energy, Access: Approaches for Studying Mobile Phone and Internet Use in Rural Zambia”
  • April 17 – Breslauer Lecture: Robert Fraser, “Whereof One Cannot Count…Reception, Information and Meaning”
  • April 24 – Wendy Chun, “Habitual New Media
  • May 8 – Rita Raley, “Speculations on a Critical Digital Humanities”
  • May 22 – Jenna Burrell, “The Materiality of Rumors”
  • May 29 – Gabriella Coleman, “Anonymous in Context: The Power and Politics behind the Mask”


  • October 4 –, “Social Justice Movements and Grassroots Organizing”
  • October 11 – Paul Dourish, “Representational Practice and Digital Forms: Towards a Materiality of Digital Data”
  • October 25 – Siva Vaidhyanathan, “The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry)”
  • November 1 – Karen Wilson (Department of History, UCLA)
  • November 8 – Diversity Event – “Telling Our Stories: History and Challenges of Two Spirit Persons Through Personal Digital Storytelling”
  • November 15 – Anjali Arondeker, “The Aporia of Exemplarity: Sexuality, Archives, South Asia”
  • November 29 – Peter Lunenfeld, “How To Do Generative Humanities”
  • January 24 – Michael Gurstein, “Why Community Informatics is Necessary for Democracy”
  • February 21 – Student Peer-to-Peer Presentation Workshop
  • March 7 – Panel, “Telling Our Stories: Oral History and Qualitative Interviews for Underserved Communities”
  • April 4 – A Visit with Charmaine Jefferson
  • April 18 – Safiya Noble, “Searching for Black Girls in Google: Old Traditions in New Media”
  • April 25 – Harvey Graff, “Literacy Myths, Legacies, and Lessons: A Conversation”
  • May 2 – Rina Bliss and Ramesh Srinivasan, “Diverse Ontologies and Networked Dissent: Tales from the Globe”
  • May 9 – Joseph Tennis, “Open Worlds in Closed Systems: The Methodological Concerns at the Intersection of Literary Warrant and Vocabulary Scheme Change”
  • May 16 – Breslauer Lecture featuring Christine Madsen, “Library Futures and the Importance of Understanding Communities of Users”
  • May 23 – Sue Tyson, “Los Angeles Food History in Virtual Research Environments: A Multidisciplinary Exploration”


  • January 12 – Geoff Bowker (School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh)
  • January 19 – Tim Naftali, “Telling the Truth about Watergate in Nixonland”
  • January 26 – Simon Penny (Arts Comutation and Engineering, UC Irvine)
  • February 9 – Lisa Nakamura (Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois)
  • February 16 – Marlene Manoff (Humanities Library, MIT)
  • March 1 – Brad Fidler (Department of History, UCLA)
  • March 8 – Kelvin White (University of Oklahoma)
  • March 15 – Miriam Metzger (Department of Communications, UC Santa Barbara)
  • April 5 – Jacqueline Goldsby, (Department of English, New York University)
  • April 19 – Casey Reas (Design | Media Arts, UCLA)
  • May 10 – Breslauer Lecture featuring Lisa Gitelman (Department of English, Department of Media, Culture and Communications, New York University)


  • October 6 – Harold Short, “Where Does it Fit? Institutional Challenges in the Digital Humanities”
  • October 20 – Jake Nadal, “Unusually Effective: Policy, Evidence, and Strategy in Collection Management”
  • October 27 – Tara McPherson “Animating the Archive: Emerging Forms of Digital Scholarship”
  • November 10 – Ted Nelson, “Reaching Out of the Paperdigm”
  • November 17 – Gary Small (School of Medicine, UCLA)
  • January 13 – Michael Buckland, “What Kind of Science Can Information Science Be?”
  • January 20 – Michèle Cloonan, “Reshaping the Image of Preservation and Conservation Research”
  • January 27 – Rory Litwin, “Library Juice Press and Alternative Book Publishing in LIS, Past and Present”
  • February 3 – Andrew Flinn, “Archival Activism: Independent and Community Archives, Radical History Making and the Heritage Professions”
  • February 17 – MLIS Outreach
  • February 24 – Sharon Traweek, “Intersectionality and Border Crossings in Databases”
  • March 3 – Alberto Pepe “From Astronomy to Astroinformatics: Linking Scientific Data and Documents”
  • March 10 – Kavita Phillip, “Postcolonial Technopolitics: Spaces of Contradiction in Transnational Technology Studies”
  • March 17 – Christine Borgman, “Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time”
  • April 7 – Jeff Jonas, “Macro Trends and What to Do about It”
  • April 14 – Judith Halberstam, “Forgetting as a (Queer) Practice”
  • April 21 – The Annual BRESLAUER LECTURE featuring Matt Kirschenbaum, “Digital Humanities and Born-Digital Cultural Heritage”
  • April 28 – “Books, Kids, and Doing Time: Recreational Reading in a Juvenile Detention Facility”
  • May 11 – John Wilbanks, “Thoughts on the Fragmentation and Reintegration of Scientific Communication”
  • May 19 – David de Roure, “Reflections on Digital Social Research in the e-Research Ecosystem”