News / New Doctoral Seminars will discuss "Working Memory"


The iSchool is pleased to introduce a series of seminars exploring the theme of memory in the digital age. The seminars, “Working Memory: Doctoral Studies in Cultural and Scientific Memory,” are intended for doctoral students in both the School and the University of Pittsburgh. As a whole, the series will address issues concerning information and evidence in society and the Information Professions. Particularly, the seminars will examine the impact of technology on cultural and scientific memory. Doctoral students – the future leaders of education and research in the Information Sciences – will explore the connections between (as well as challenges in blending) archives, computing for the humanities, cyberscholarship, the study of science and technology, and the theories of infrastructure and memory.

Crafted by research faculty at the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool), the proposed seminar topics include “Reading Archives and Databases,” “Information Visualization: a Visual Approach to Representation, Memory and Thought,” “Ways of Knowing: Indigenous, Minority, and Everyday Knowledges,” and “War, Memory, and Archives.” In addition, seminars will deal with qualitative research theories and practices as well as interpreting image collections in the digital age. This range of topics will appeal to doctoral students from disciplines that converge around the Information Sciences – those fields which investigate the relationships between people, technology, community and culture.