Research Seminars in Library and Information Science (LIS)

The research seminar is a forum in which research within and relevant to library and information science is presented, reviewed and discussed by senior researchers, doctoral students, visiting scholars and other interested parties.

The seminars are an essential part of the doctoral study program in library and information science. The research seminars have been ongoing since the 1990´s. Always on Mondays at 14:30 – 16:00. The seminars are held in Swedish, English or another Scandinavian language.

If you are interested in presenting your research at a research seminar, please contact research seminar administrator Jonas Andersson. The texts for the seminars can be requested from Jonas Andersson at the very least one week before the seminar date. The text will be distributed in paper form by regular mail.

Please be aware of that the seminar schedule can be changed. Seminars may be added or cancelled rapidly.

Spring 2018 – Programme

The seminars are held from 14:30 until 16:00 if not anything else is announced.

22 January - D517

Languages and Linguistic Exchanges in Swedish Academia

Guest seminar, Linus Salö, postdoctoral researcher at KTH

Linus Salö will present his doctoral thesis, Languages
and Linguistic Exchanges in Swedish Academia
, which deals with Swedish
academia and its dwellers, with an eye toward accounting for matters of
languages and linguistic exchanges. The perspectives and thinking-tools of
Pierre Bourdieu form the basis of the main leitmotif, albeit extended with
insights from linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics. In summary, the
thesis argues that while English increasingly prevails in publishing, much
knowledge previously produced and reproduced on these matters within the field
of Language planning and policy has tended to overstate the dominance of
English, and with that, the sociolinguistic implications of the current state
of affairs. The thesis proposes that Bourdieus work offers some purchase in
attempts to engender in-depth knowledge on the position of English vis--vis
Swedish in the globalizing markets of Swedish academia, and that epistemic
reflexivity, in particular, is a pivotal driver in such an agenda.

Linus Salö is a sociolinguist and he is active in a number of fields. Research interests
include language, science and knowledge. Currently his employed as a postdoc at
KTH working within the project Making Universities Matter. His doctoral thesis was published in 2017 as a monograph by Palgrave Macmillan with the
title 'The Sociolinguistics of Academic Publishing. Language and the Practices of Homo Academicus'.

The kappa of the thesis is available online:

as well as a Swedish summary: https://www.academia.edu/24278584/Diss._2016_sammanfattning_p_svenska_summary_in_Swedish_

A Swedish blog post on the same theme is available here: http://bibliometri.net/2016/04/ (for those who prefer a very short summary)

29 January - D513

Algorithms and literacies

Guest seminar, Jutta Haider, Associate Professor Information Studies, Lund University

In this seminar I present the upcoming project "Algorithms and Literacies: young people's understanding and society's expectation". This project investigates how different ways of conceptualising internet algorithms, their effects and how to deal with them shape the understanding of and engagement with information in contemporary society. This is addressed by providing (a) a mapping of which actors in Swedish society (e.g. organisations, companies, public authorities, politicians, debaters, bloggers, YouTubers, editorial writers, etc.) talk about critical assessment of sources (källkritik) and related notions as well as an in-depth analysis of the expectations these actors express in these as means to address challenges related to the invisible algorithms that regulate how information spreads, is produced and appears on the Internet and (b) empirically grounded knowledge of late adolescents’ understandings of internet algorithms that govern how information circulates and is shaped on the Internet. Special attention is paid to the roles schools and libraries are assigned in the public discourse and to how late adolescents' out-of school and in-school experiences influence each other. 

In the presentation the focus lies with tracing some of the research leading up to the project and discussing methodological challenges ahead. In addition, I want to use the opportunity to discuss with the seminar the underlying issue of how to think about the algorithmic shaping and control of information in contemporary society in its relation to the crisis of trust in knowledge and established institutions engulfing society and the increasing dominance of a populist politics of affect benefiting from the network effect of today's dominant and privately owned information infrastructures. What does all this mean for the promotion of practices as thoroughly rational and enlightened as critical assessment of information and certain aspects of information literacy after all are (especially it seems in the Swedish guise of källkritik)? Asked bluntly and somewhat polemically: (How) can a crisis of trust be tackled by calling for more criticism? Or are we feeding the trolls? 

Language: English

5 February - D517

"How to plan and organize your PhD-studies"

No ordinary seminar. 
Teaching and workshop

09:00-09:45 Working in units

10:00-10:45 From negative to positive stress

11:00-11:45-Planning tools for advisors and PhD students


13:00-16:00 From efficiency to effectiveness: How to prioritize and use units in your dissertation work (Workshop only for doctoral students)

12 February - D513

Final seminar – Alison Hicks

Language: English

19 February - D513

Mid seminar - Amira-Sofie Sandin

Language: Swedish

16 April - D513

Guest Seminar - professor Olof Sundin 

4 June - D513

Final Seminar - Sara Ahlryd 

11 June - D513

Final seminar - Merisa Martinez