Spring 2018


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

22 January - D517

Guest seminar - Linus Salö, postdoctoral researcher at KTH
Title: Languages and Linguistic Exchanges in Swedish Academia

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: academia.edu

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

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


29 January - D513

Guest seminar - Jutta Haider, Associate Professor Information Studies, Lund University
Title: Algorithms and literacies
Language: English

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? 


5 February - D517

Title: "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


5 March - D515

Guest seminar, Julia Pennlert
Language: Swedish


7 May - D513

Guest seminar - Jean-François Blanchette, UCLA
Title: Beyond Programming as Primary Computing Skill— the case of the PDF file format
Language: English

LIS programs have been faced for years with the question of how to best teach students adequate information technology skills. In past decades, the answer often took the form of basic computing literacy (how to write an email, how to set up a basic database), but today, the consensus is that the most obvious representative of such a skill is the mastery of a programming language. Indeed, coding is supported today by a wide range of organizations as the most direct path of entry into the computing professions and as a requisite skill for all future workers in the knowledge economy. 

In this presentation, I challenge this assumption as it applies to graduate students enrolled in LIS programs. I argue that the teaching of coding aligns with a conception of computing primarily grounded in its mathematical character as an “engine of logic.” However, an equally important understanding of computing lies in its nature as an engineered system dedicated to the coordinated use of limited computing resources (processing, storage, networking). Of particular importance are the design strategies of modularity and hierarchical aggregation, which allows computing systems to allocate resources, manage complexity and technical change, while providing specific pathways for growth and functional evolution. These resources and strategies constitute the actual materials and tools used by engineers to design, operate, and maintain the extraordinarily complex assemblage of software and hardware components that constitutes networked computing. 

For students, such as those in LIS, whose career success depends on the proper anticipation of the impact of information technology on their field of professional practice, such an understanding is more effective than learning to code. Using the PDF file format as example, I demonstrate how this approach can be used to anticipate the evolution of the format and its impact on, e.g., digital preservation, open data, accessibility, and the future of scholarly communication.

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the computerization of bureaucracies, the evolution of the computing infrastructure, and the materiality of digital objects. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012) and co-editor of Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015). He is the director with Snowden Becker of the “On the Record, All the Time” project, which examines the impact of surveillance technologies to archival education and practice.

14 May - D513

Guest seminar - Björn Hammarfelt
Title: Det goda seminariet (The good seminar)
Language: Swedish

”Det goda seminariet” is a (meta)seminar about how we can improve the seminar culture at the department, and will be followed by a post-seminar at Babbel. 


28 May - A315

Mid-seminar - Ameera Mansour
Language: English

4 June - D513

Final Seminar - Sara Ahlryd 
Language: Swedish