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Session Overview
Workshop 1b: iWords: Exploring the interdisciplinary vocabularies of information research
Sunday, 25/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Michelle Ania Kaczmarek, University of British Columbia
Location: Board Room (ICOSS)

Session Abstract

How do our respective vocabularies affect our conceptualizations of information and the diffuse field of information studies? In this half-day workshop we examine the role language plays in envisioning the interdisciplinary identities of iSchools. Through an interactive arts-based activity, panel discussion, and small group conversations, we seek to: 1) Identify contentious words within information research; and 2) Explore how these words function as a technology through which we epistemologically and ontologically organize our understanding of the field of information studies. Our expert panelists include Dr. Rachel Clarke, Dr. Jenna Hartel, and Dr. Vivien Petras, all of whom have notable experience navigating the interdisciplinary tensions of information research. Designed to facilitate discussion among students, faculty, and practitioners about the ways language structures and limits our understanding of research within the iSchool community, this workshop contributes to efforts to span the disciplinary boundaries that inform our individual projects, collaborative investigations, and teaching. For more information, please visit:

Upon registration, participants are asked to please send an email to the workshop organizers ( containing: their name, a photo, and several keywords that describe their research interests and expertise. The organizers will use this information to design a research profile card for the participant to be used at the workshop.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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