Colloquium: Geoffrey Bowker on New Configurations of Knowledge Expression

Professor Geoffrey C. Bowker of the University of California at Irvine is the next speaker in the UBC iSchool’s continuing series of lunchtime colloquia. He is presenting “Emerging Configurations of Knowledge Expression” next Wednesday, November 7, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Chilcotin Room (Room 256) of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.
Since the Enlightenment, we have built up a knowledge production system which assumes that prime form of expression should be the printed word. However, in a number of fields in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, this model is breaking down. In this presentation, Professor Bowker will explore the contours of the breakdown and discuss possibilities for the future.

About the speaker: Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs a laboratory for Values in the Design of Information Systems and Technology. Prior to that, he was Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University. He is co-author, with Leigh Star, of Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent book is Memory Practices in the Sciences.

Professor Bowker’s talk will be recorded and made available on the School’s Video Resources page, at There you will find links to recordings of most of our past colloquia and other events since early 2010.

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