A View of the UK Tradition
Please join us for the second in the spring series of talks sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics. This series is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff across the university to current research in social informatics conducted at IU and around the world. The complete schedule for the Spring 2008 Speaker Series is posted on the web at:
Speaker: Elisabeth Davenport, Professor of Information Management, Napier
Topic: Social Informatics: A View of the UK Tradition
Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Place: Herman B. Wells Library, Rm LI 001 (northwest corner of the
Talk preceded by an informal gathering with cookies, tea, and coffee,
available at 1:45.
This talk explores affiliations between two historical lines of
research: Social Informatics in the United States and Sociotechnical Studies in the United Kingdom. Examples of work from three long established UK research sites at Manchester, Edinburgh and the London School of Economics provide a sense of the sociotechnical work at different historical periods. Although the US and UK traditions share a common interest in the production of technology and work with complementary concepts and methods, formal links between the two have not been strong for much of the historical period under review.
However, there are signs of fusion in the work of a current generation of researchers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Elisabeth Davenport is Professor of Information Management in the School of Computing, Napier University, where she is Research Professor in the Social Informatics research group. She is also a Research Associate of the International Teledemocracy Centre at Napier and, for more than ten years has been a Visiting Scholar at the School of Library and Information Science in Indiana University. Her current research interests include organizational informatics, workplace ethnography, discurse analysis, and critical knowledge management. More information about Dr. Davenport can be found at:
The Center for Social Informatics is jointly sponsored by the IU Schools of Library and Information Science and Informatics.