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Title:Seeking Information Between and Beyond Binaries: How Queer Theory Can Inform LIS Theories
Author(s):Wagner, Travis; Kitzie, Vanessa; Floegel, Diana
Subject(s):Queer theory
Queer phenomenology
Queer authenticity
Queer imaginaries
Information worlds
Embodied information
Queer communities
Social informatics
Abstract:Queer theory offers a rich set of ideas, epistemologies, and methodological interventions whose incorporation into theories of information allows for growth, expansion, and potential alteration of library and inforamtion science scholarship, pedagogy, and research praxis. This presentation provides a primer for queer theory and applies tenets from its vast canon of thought to three ongoing LIS-based research projects. Each project and application engages with existing information science theories and illuminates how queer theory challenges, unsettles, and even reconstitutes the epistemological assumptions latent within them. The first project deploys queer phenomenology to understand how one’s embodied queerness, or lack thereof, informs their perception of difference and identity within information seeking and creation. The second project examines how authenticity shapes insider/outsider dynamics within queer communities as it relates to information flow. This work presents realness, as developed by queer and trans people of color, as an alternative approach to envisioning these dynamics that leaves space to privilege individual subjectivities regarding information interactions. The third project uses notions of queer imaginaries and futurities to critique utoptic conceptions of information systems in sociotechnical work. The presentation culminates in a discussion of what queering information science could and should do, and suggests ways in which queer theoretical perspectives may be applied to the field of library and information science more broadly.
Issue Date:2020-10-13
Series/Report:Information Seeking
Information Use
Critical Librarianship
Social Justice
Sociology of Information
Political Economy of the Information Society
Social Media
Research Methods
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-09

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