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Title: Marika Cifor: Advancing Critical Information Scholarship on Archives, Memory, and New Media
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Start Time: Thursday February 15, 2018 04:00 PM
End Time: Thursday February 15, 2018 05:00 PM
Location: Luddy Hall Auditorium
Free/Busy: busy
Description: Abstract: Through archives, records, and data produced within digital cultures, individuals and communities marginalized by sexuality, race, class, gender, and HIV status enact and give substance to their identities, collective memories, and social movements. In her talk, Dr. Marika Cifor will discuss her book manuscript and digital project, "Viral Cultures: Critical Nostalgia, Activism, and the Archives of HIV/AIDS”. This archival ethnography examines the critical potential of the emotions and memories recorded and produced by archives documenting 1980s and 1990s HIV/AIDS activism in the United States. Her inquiry focuses on the historical development of these collections, the connections of activists to their materials, and archivists’ and curators’ relationships to implicated communities. Additionally, it concentrates on the creative use and curation of archival materials by activists’ and artists’ on new media platforms. Cifor will also discuss how this project builds a critical information and technology studies research agenda around feminist approaches to health technology and data, and the activation of archives through digital humanities scholarship. This research contributes to the development of the skills and knowledge that students and professionals require to ethically and strategically advance information studies research and to design and manage information services, systems, technologies, and resources. Bio: Dr. Marika Cifor is an interdisciplinary scholar of information, gender, and sexuality. Currently, she is the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. In June 2017, she earned her PhD in Information Studies and graduate certificates in the Digital Humanities and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management and an MA in History from Simmons College, as well as a BA in History and Political, Legal and Economic Analysis from Mills College. Dr. Cifor is working on a book manuscript and digital project that examines the critical potential of the emotions and memories that are recorded and produced by archives documenting HIV/AIDS activism in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s. Her publications on archives, affect, data, and bodies have appeared in Archival Science, Archivaria, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Archives and Records, Archives and Manuscripts, The American Archivist, Library Trends, Australian Feminist Studies, and Transgender Studies Quarterly.
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