Abstract: In this author meets critics session, Drs. Daniel Greene (iSchool), Ricky Punzalan (iSchool), David Tomblin (STS), and Marccus Hendricks (UMD Urban Planning), will discuss Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructure in the Wake of Disasters with the author Megan Finn. Documenting Aftermath is an examination of how changing public information infrastructures shaped people’s experience of earthquakes in Northern California in 1868, 1906, and 1989. Finn argues that information orders—complex constellations of institutions, technologies, and practices—influence how we act in, experience, and document events. Examining multiple information orders in different historical moments allows for comparative examination of how people used and rebuilt different public information infrastructures following earthquakes.
Speaker: Megan Finn is an Assistant Professor at University of Washington’s Information School. Her work examines relations amongst institutions, infrastructures, and practices in the production, circulation, and use of information. She examines these themes in a book, called Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters, with MIT Press coming out in Fall 2018. She completed her PhD in 2012 at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and spent two yea…
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