Information Studies, University of Glasgow: launch event

Published: 15 August 2017

Thursday 7 September 2017

To mark the relaunch of the Information Studies subject area at the University of Glasgow, an international symposium will be held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on September 7th, 2017.

The event will address key challenges facing information and cultural heritage studies and the potential of digital approaches:

  • In an era of ‘Fake News’, what is the role of information studies in fostering understanding and awareness of the creation, use, and management of knowledge?
  • What are the most pressing challenges and opportunities currently facing libraries, archives, museums and galleries, and how can academic research and pedagogy in cultural heritage and information studies address these?
  • How is the role of galleries, libraries, archives and museums changing in a digital age and what contribution can the digital humanities make?


Information Studies at the University of Glasgow draws on over thirty years of experience in developing and delivering successful digital humanities projects and teaching, and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in this field. It is the only academic unit in the UK which offers Masters’ level and accredited professional qualifications in museum, archive and library fields, and it has led the development of professional training in all three areas. At the heart of this activity lies digital methods, and Information studies has fully embraced and driven forward the sectors’ engagement with the opportunities and challenges associated with this key area.

Senior figures from the fields of digital humanities, libraries, archives and museums will participate in the event: 

  • Sarah Kenderdine, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL); 
  • Paul Lihoma, Director of the National Records and Archives of Malawi;
  • John Sheridan The National Archives;
  • Anna Sexton, The National Archives;
  • Helle Porsdam, Professor of Law and the Humanities, University of Copenhagen;
  • Karen Brookfield, Heritage Lottery Fund.


Outline programme:

Outline programme:

13:00 Introductions and welcome by Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor, University of Glasgow, and Professor Sir Drummond Bone, University of Oxford

13:15 Professor Lorna Hughes, University of Glasgow: Information Studies at the University of Glasgow

13:30 Professor Sarah Kenderdine, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

13:45 Dr Paul Lihoma, Director of the National Records and Archives of Malawi

14:00 Professor Michael Seadle, Humboldt University

14:15 Break: tea/coffee

14:45 Research and scholarship in heritage institutions (panel): John Sheridan, The National Archives; Dr Anna Sexton, The National Archives; Daniel Pett, British Museum

15:30 Professor Clifford Siskin, New York University

15:45 Professor Helle Porsdam, University of Copenhagen;

16:00 Professor Caroline Bassett, University of Sussex

16:15  Concluding panel discussion

17:00 end of event

17:00 - 18:00 reception

First published: 15 August 2017

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