Spring 2017

The seminars are held in room D 519, from 14:30 until 16:00 if not anything else is announced.

23 January

No seminar scheduled.


30 January

No seminar scheduled.


6 February

Guest seminar - Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Linköpings universitet

Title: Otlet’s Order: Intellectual Property and the Utopia of Information

“Scientific work, especially in our time, is specialized and internationalized.” As contemporary as such a statement sounds, it was in fact made in 1895, when the two Belgian pacifists and internationalists Henri La Fontaine (1854-1943) and Paul Otlet (1868-1944) founded the Institut International de Bibliographie (IIB) in Brussels. Otlet and La Fontaine knew that scientific work depended on access to scientific information, and for the next four decades they embarked on a massive effort to collect, organize and disseminate the world’s knowledge. In her talk, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén will focus on Otlet’s bibliographic imagination of patents as one top in a mountain range of documents, on equal footing with more familiar carriers of scientific information such as journals and monographs. Combining perspectives from law, information science and mediated/material culture, how can we understand the ordering of scientific information in the context of past, present and future knowledge infrastructures, and especially its relation to intellectual property?

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén is Professor of mediated culture at Linköping University, Sweden. She has published extensively on the emergence of international copyright and the cultural history of the public domain. Increasingly interested in scientific authorship and the political economy of academic publishing, this talk is based on a chapter in her most recent book Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of Information (University of Chicago Press 2015) which considers Curie’s work with bibliography and scientific property in the League of Nations.


13 February

No seminar scheduled.


20 February

Guest seminar - Daniel Powell, researcher within DiXiT, currently at King's College London


27 February

No seminar scheduled.


6 March

No seminar scheduled.


13 March

No seminar scheduled.


20 March

Mid seminar - Alison Hicks

Title: Learning a different language: information literacy in transition

Alison Hicks is  PhD student at SSLIS.


27 March

Guest seminar - Nasrine Olson


Nasrine Olson is a senior lecturer and researcher at SSLIS


3 April

Guest seminar - Sean Homer

Žižek’s Symptom – “concrete situations demand concrete solutions”

Slavoj Žižek is frequently criticized for the inconsistency and contradictory nature of his political positions, most recently for his remarks on the European refugee “crisis” and his, qualified, support for a Donald Trump presidency in the 2016 US elections on the basis that a Trump victory would create “a totally new political situation with chances for a more radical Left”. Žižek defends the twists and turns of his political thought on the basis of pragmatism, that is to say, the argument that concrete situations demand concrete solutions, which will be different in each situation. If we consider Žižek’s specific political interventions in his home country of Slovenia and the wider Balkan region, however, the picture looks rather different. Žižek’s early interventions contributed to the demarxification of Slovene political discourse. He has supported anti-Roma protestors and remained silent on Slovene anti-austerity riots, whilst praising those taking place in other countries. In the broader region he has maintained his support for SYRIZA in Greece despite SYRIZA’s betrayal of the Left and he has called for the ethnic partition of Kosovo. There is an underlying consistency to these positions, I contend, and it tends to be reactionary. The Balkans, in this sense, can be seen as Žižek’s symptom, that element which does not fit into the system but speaks its truth and reveals what the system cannot acknowledge about itself.

Sean Homer is Professor of Film and Literature at the American University in Bulgaria, where he teaches courses in Film Criticism, Balkan Cinema, Modernism, Postmodern Literature and Psychoanalysis. He is author of Fredric Jameson: Marxism, Hermeneutics, Postmodernism (Polity Press 1998), Jacques Lacan (Routledge 2004) and Slavoj Žižek and Radical Politics (2016). He is co-editor (with Douglas Kellner) of Fredric Jameson: A Critical Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2005). He is currently working on a book on History, Trauma and Narrative in Balkan Cinema.


10 April

Guest seminar - Linnéa Lindsköld

"To be in each others readings" - a study on the role of the library space for children's social reading.

Linnéa Lindsköld is a senior lecturer at the Swedish School for Library and Information Science, Borås. She will present a paper on the role of the library space for children’s social reading. The making of the paper has been funded through the Svea Bredal’s fond.

The language of the seminar is Swedish.


17 April

Easter Monday - no seminar!


24 April

No seminar scheduled.


1 May

Labour's day - no seminar!


8 May

Arvid Jakobsson

Book chapter presentation

Arvid Jakobsson is PhD student at SSLIS.

The seminar will be held in Swedish.


15 May

Guest seminar - Gaby Haddow, Curtin University


22 May

Plan seminar - Muhebera Bizimana

Language: English


29 May

No seminar scheduled.


5 June - "klämdag"

No seminar scheduled.


Thursday 8 June at 14:30-16:30 in D 519

Final seminar - Birgitta Wallin

Title: E-book strategies in the Swedish book market: commercial booksellers and public libraries

In this thesis, the author studies two types of actors, commercial booksellers and public libraries, in the Swedish book sector and their changing positions due to the introduction of e-books. Though the Swedish market of e-books is very small in relation to the market of printed books, it is growing slowly but steadily. This happens as a result of different driving forces and despite of resistance of conservative ones and affects the strategies of institutions distributing e-books to individual readers and organisations. Commercial booksellers are a varied group on the book market. It includes actors that are highly interested in the development of e-books, such as aggregators, online bookshops, and subscription services, and the ones that do not see e-books’ relevance for their future survival, as for example, physical bookshops. Public libraries on the other hand, consist a more homogenous group of non-commercial distributors of e-books, governed by the same principles and funded by the same pattern. They are regarded both as competitors and partners to commercial distributors and have to negotiate their role in the emerging digital order of the book. The author explores the survival and negotiation strategies, the positioning of different actors in the book sector in Sweden during the first stage of innovation acceptance.

The thesis work was financed by the Framework grant: the digitized society, past, present and future, The Swedish Research Council, project number 2012-42547-98049-26

The seminar will be held in English.

External commentator: Ann Steiner


12 June

Mid seminar - Ameera Mansour