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Title:Towards a Postcolonial Information Studies
Author(s):Dean, Rebecca; Irani, Lilly; Lau, Andrew; Nguyen, Lilly Uyen; Pendse, Liladhar
archival theory
information and cultural translations
perspectives on globalization
Abstract:This panel will present several research efforts that sit at the intellectual convergence of post-colonial studies and information studies. Post-colonial studies provide a theoretical leveraging ground from which to consider themes of hybridity, multiplicity, globalization, transnationality, and alterity in relation to power and informational phenomena. From this view, efforts to bring together post-colonial perspectives to information studies encourage us to examine the historically contingent processes of the design, implementation, and use of information in global and multi-cultural contexts. As such, a post-colonial perspective can provide a lens from which to look at the way information and its artefacts travel and the implications for such migrations. However, these efforts are still nascent. This panel will be a collective opportunity to discuss the possible contours and boundaries of such an intellectual endeavor. As such, the panel will discuss some of the following questions: • What is the relevance of postcolonial approach to information studies? • What would and could a post-colonial information studies look like? • What are the theoretical assumptions, opportunities, and limitations of a postcolonial information studies approach? • What kinds of new research questions can be explored within a post-colonial information studies framework? • What kinds of new locations and sites of inquiry emerge within this framework? • What ethics and values guide a post-colonial information studies approach?
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-04-10

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