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

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2019 – 2020


October 3, Andrew Culp, Faculty Program in Aesthetics and Politics, California Institute of the Arts, “Invisibility in the Age of Disclosure”

October 17, Zeb Tortorici, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, New York University, “Archiving the ‘Obscene’: Sex, Desire, and Memory in Mexico”

Talk co-sponsored by UCLA Department of History and History of Women, Men and Sexuality

October 24, Bonnie Ruberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, “Video Games Have Always Been Queer”

October 31, Rosylyn Rhee, Documentarian, Kitty Maryatt, Curator, “The Re-creation of a Masterpiece: La Prose du Transsibérien”

Talk sponsored by the Breslauer Fund

December 5, Dr. Jeanie Austin, Librarian, Jail & Reentry Services program, San Francisco Public Library, “Library services to people who are incarcerated: Attempting anti-racism through LIS”

Talk co-sponsored by UCLA Center for the Study of Women


January 16, 2020, András Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts Library, “Destroying and Preserving Cultural Memory in Time of War: Archives and Libraries in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s”

Talk sponsored by Kenneth Karmiole

January 23, 2020, Davide Panagia, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, “A Political Theory of the Algorithm Dispositif”

January 30, 2020, Kathy Carbone, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, “The Amplification Project: A Community-led Participatory Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action”

February 6, 2020, Melissa Villa-Nicholas, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, ”Biotechnology and Data Citizens on the U.S. Mexico Border”

February 13, 2020, Roderic Crooks, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, “Capture, calculate, loop: Post factum temporality in learning analytics”

Friday, February 21, 2020*, Lauren F. Klein, Associate Professor, Departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University “Data Feminism: Transforming Scholarship into Action”

*No colloquium on Thursday –  this colloquium will be held on Friday, Feb 21 at 1:30pm in Room 111 IS Department

Talk co-sponsored by UCLA Digital Humanities Program

February 27, 2020, Anjali Arondekar, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies Department. University of California, Santa Cruz, “Great Expectations: Archives, Abundance, Geopolitics”

March 5, 2020 , Kristin B. Cornelius, “Audit Logs, Evidence and Accountability”



April 2, 2020, Bradley R. Fidler, Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, “When Routers Were Women: How New is the Internet?”

April 16, 2020, Marika Cifor, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington , “Archive as Cure: Critical Nostalgia and HIV/AIDS in Visual AIDS’ Activist Archives”

April 23, 2020, Char Booth, Associate Dean of the Library, Cal State University San Marcos, “Change Agents: Toward Justice-Based Action In Libraries”

April 30, 2020, Laila Shereen Sakr, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Glitch Resistance”

May 7, 2020, Eunsong Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Northeastern University, “How does a Personal Collection become a Museum? Looking at the Homestead Strike of 1892 & the Creation of the Frick Collection”

May 21, 2020, Tara McPherson, Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, “Platforming Hate”

May 28, 2020, Johnathan Flowers, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Worcester State University, “Viewers and Readers Like You: The Production of Calculated Communities and Calculated Information in the Digital Age”

Other IS Lectures


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.

  • January 16, 2020 – András Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts Library, “Destroying and Preserving Cultural Memory in Time of War: Archives and Libraries in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s”


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.

  • February 9, 2020 – Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator. 

Past Colloquium Speakers


  • 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”  


  • 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”