From 2012 to 2015 the Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee‘s School of Information Studies (SOIS) hosted a vibrant series of speakers and events. Since the Fall of 2015 this program has been on hiatus due to budget cuts.

Thanks to all those who participated in our events over the years. Within SOIS, organizers of the events included Thomas Haigh, Nadine Kozak, Maria Haigh, Wil Peekhaus, Ed Benoit, Ann Graf, Alessandra Renzi, and Kimberly Anderson. Most talks were organized with partners elsewhere on campus, with the Digital Humanities Lab and the Center for 21st Century Studies the most active. We feel proud that these events helped to integrate SOIS into the broader intellectual life of the university.

Talk titles link to detail pages from the old version of this website, as captured by archive.org. Links to videos from the archived pages will no longer work, as SOIS was unable to continue to pay for the video service.


Rina Ghose, Associate Professor, UW-Milwaukee Department of Geography. The CIPR/SSI Research Lunch with Dr. Rina Ghose: “Bridging the Geospatial Divide through Public Participation GIS” October 19, 2012.

Alessandra Renzi, Social Studies of Information Postdoctoral Fellow. “Protests and Multi-Issue Extremism: Reassessing Knowledge Categories in Post-Crisis Security” November 2, 2012.


Jean-François Blanchette, Associate Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSEIS), “Heavy Clouds: Towards a Material Analysis of Computing November 15, 2012.

Sara Dean, MSDR, Adjunct Faculty, College for Creative Studies and Co-Director, Institute of Improbable Poromechanics “From Form to Platform: Designing Connectivity,” March 8, 2013.


Ganaele Langlois, Assistant Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology “Software Studies – a Case for New Critical Methodologies,” February 22, 2013.


Jenna Hartel, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Information, “A Recipe for the Social Study of Information.” February 28, 2013. (video available). Also, SSIRG Workshop: Visual Response to the Perennial Questions: “What is Information?” March 1, 2013.

Kelly Gates, Associate Professor, University of California-San Diego Department of Communication, “The Computational Work of Policing: Surveillance Video & the Forensic Sensibility.” May 1, 2013.


Diana Belscamper, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of History, “Good Girls and Better Consumers: The Functions of Teen Magazines in American Girl Culture of the 1960s,” & Lindsey Harness, Ph.D. Candidate & Learning Technology Consultant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Communication, “The Myth of the Happy Gay: A Critical Analysis of the It Gets Better YouTube Narratives.” May 8, 2013.

Paul Edwards, Professor, School of Information and Department of History, University of Michigan. “Code, Community, and Trust in Climate Science,”cosponsored with the Center for 21st Century Studies and the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) program, November 7, 2013.

Paul Edwards, an informal symposium on “Institutionalizing Science and Technology Studies within Interdisciplinary Environments,” November 8, 2013.

Film Screening: A Belorussian Dream with special guest speaker Aleksei Krivolap. November 20, 2013, 5:00 PM, Curtin 866

Serious Play: Grand Theft Auto V Demo, Discussion, & Gaming Open House.November 14, 2013, 2:00 PM, GML 2nd East. Cosponsored with the Digital Humanities Lab.

Film Screening: My Perestroika with a talk by director Robin Hessman. December 9, 2013, 7:00 PM, Union Theater.


“Let’s Get It On: the Second Social Studies of Information Social.” December 6, 2013, 12:00-2:00PM, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, RM 250 (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.)

iConference 2014 Workshop, Exploring the Social Studies of Information. March 4, 2014, Berlin, Germany. Organized by SSIRG Chair Thomas Haigh and Vice Chair Nadine Kozak.

“A Brief History of Platforming: From Playing as Mario to Creating in Little Big Planet, April 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM. Cosponsored with the Digital Humanities Lab where this event is held.


Thomas Haigh, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, “We Have Never Been Digital: Lessons from the History of Information Technology.” April 23, 2014 at 4:00. Cosponsored with the Digital Humanities Lab where this event is held.


Alistair Black, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, lecture “Information History: A Subject In Search of an Identity.” April 24, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM, UWM Union 181. Also an informal symposium, “Humanities Outside the Box: Practicing History in the Information Schools,” April 25, 10:00-12:00 in the Digital Humanities Lab.


Howard White, Professor Emeritus, College of Information Science, Drexel University, “Visualizations and Bibliometrics,” May 1, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM, Green Hall. (video available) Also on May 2, an informal symposium on the connection of bibliometrics to science studies and the social studies of information, 10:00-12:00 in the Digital Humanities lab.


October 2, 2014: Anabel Quan-Haase, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario. Lecture: “Digital Environments for the Humanities: Exploring the Role of Serendipity and Discovery,” 3:45-5:15 pm in the Golda Meir Library, 4th Floor Conference Room. Cosponsored with the Digital Humanities Lab.


October 3, 2014: Anabel Quan-Haase, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario. Interactive Symposium: “What Can Information Schools Contribute to the Digital Humanities?” 12:30-2:00. Cosponsored with the Digital Humanities Lab, where the event is held.

October 20, 2014: “Lying About the Past: A Discussion of Information Literacy” with T. Mills Kelly of George Mason University. Organized jointly between SSSIRG and the History Department. 10:00-11:00, NWQ B 3511. Please read this short and fascinating article from The Atlantic as preparation.

October 20, 2014. T Mills Kelly also participates in the symposium on Counting DH Scholarship: A Symposium on the Digital Humanities. Organized by SSIRG with C21 and the Digital Humanities lab. Public events at 12:00 and 3:30 in the DH lab. Details on the C21 page.


October 23: 2014: Michael SchudsonColumbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Lecture, “Where Transparency Came From,” 3:30-5:00 in UWM Union, Room 191.


October 24, 2014: Michael Schudson, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Symposium on “The Future of Print Journalism,” 10:00-11:30 in NW Quadrant B, room 3511.

March 12, 2015: Vincent Mosco, Queens University, Canada. Lecture, “The Next Big Thing: Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Beyond,” 3:00-4:30, Greene Hall.


March 13, 2015: Vincent Mosco, Queens Univesity, Canada. Symposium, “The Role of Critical Research in Academia,” 10:00-11:30, NWQ B 3511.


March 25, 2015: Olga Yurkova, Tetiana Matychak, StopFake.org, Ukraine, Lecture, “StopFake.org: Fighting for Truth Against Kremlin Disinformation,” 1:00-3:00, Greene Hall. Cosponsors: UWM Graduate School, History Department, Eastern European Certificate Studies Program.


March 27, 2015, Olga Yurkova, Tetiana Matychak, StopFake.org, Symposium, “Unravelling Ersatz Facts: Methods for Online Fact Checking.” 10-11:30 in the Digital Humanities Lab, which is cosponsoring this event.


March 31, 2015. Geological Society Reoundtable discussion, “Ukraine One Year after Maidan,” with Neal Pease, Professor of History,Ora John Reuter, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Olga Yurkova and Tetiana Matychak of Stop Fake.org. Moderated by Christine Evans, Assistant Professor of History, and Maria Haigh, Associate Professor of Information Studies. 3:30-5:00 in the American Geographical Society Library (Golda Meir libray, third floor).

April 8, 2015: Tanya Clement, School of Information, University of Texas, Austin. Lecture, “Digital Humanities in the iSchool,” 4:00-5:30. Held in the Digital Humanities Lab, which is cosponsoring the event.


April 9, 2015: Tanya Clement, School of Information, University of Texas, Austin. Informal symposium, “Continuing the Conversation: An Informal Discussion on Digital Humanities in the iSchools,” 10:00-12:00. Held in the Digital Humanities lab, which is cosponsoring the event.


April 16, 2015: Matthew Kirschenbaum, English Department, University of Maryland. Symposium, “Locating the Literary History of Word Processing: A Discussion About Media Archaeology, Computer History, and the (Digital?) Humanities,” 1:30-3:30 in the Digital Humanities Lab which is co-sponsoring the event along with Center for 21st Century Studies.


April 17, 2015: Matthew Kirschenbaum, English Department, University of Maryland. Lecture, “Sand —- Table / Towards a Genealogy of Speculative Surfaces” 3:30 pm, Curtin 175. Cosponsored with the Center for 21st Century Studies.