Information & Culture is an academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press. It publishes original, high-quality, peer reviewed articles examining the social and cultural influences and impact of information and its associated technologies, broadly construed, on all areas of human endeavor. In keeping with the spirit of information studies, we seek papers emphasizing a human-centered focus that address the role of and reciprocal relationship of information and culture, regardless of time and place.

The journal welcomes submissions from an array of relevant theoretical and methodological approaches, including but not limited to historical, sociological, psychological, political and educational research that address the interaction of information and culture.

To learn more about our submission standards or submit an article for publication in Information & Culture, visit our submission requirements page.


 

New Issue: Volume 55 Issue 3 (October 2020)

Arguing against Graphic Ambivalence: What Earth Modeling Reveals about Visualization in Scientific Computing

by Nicole Sansone Ruiz

p. 204-225

Nicole Sansone Ruiz lectures on public policy, art history, and cultural studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Fairfield University. Her current research focuses on the techne of immigration policy and algorithmic governance. She received her PhD in cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.


The Evolution of the Ethnographic Object Catalog of the Canadian Museum of History, Part 2:  Systematizing, Communicating, and Reconciling Anthropological Knowledge in the Museum, ca. 1960–2018

by Heather MacNeil, Jessica Lapp, and Nadine Finlay

p. 226-251

Heather MacNeil is a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on histories and theories of knowledge organization in archives and museums.

Jessica Lapp is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on archival feminist protest collections and the types of labor that trigger their creation and use.

Nadine Finlay is a double master’s candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her professional focus is in museum studies and archives, with an emphasis on Indigenous materials and the relationships between institutions and source communities.


Creating the Twentieth-Century Literary Archives: A Short History of the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo

by Alison Fraser

p. 252-270

Alison Fraser, PhD, is assistant curator of the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo. She is the editor of The Collages of Helen Adam and a junior fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.


Politics, Privilege, and the Records of the Presidency

by Bradley J. Wiles

p. 271-293

Bradley J. Wiles is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies. Wiles has over a decade of experience in library and archives administration. His research interests include the social and political dimensions of archives and the sustainability of cultural institutions.

Book Reviews, Spring 2021

From Russia With Code: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times, edited by Mario Biagioli and Vincent Antonin Lépinay
Reviewed by Adam Kriesberg
"From Russia With Code: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times, edited by Mario Biagioli and Vincent Antonin Lépinay, chronicles the post-Soviet evolution of programming and computer science cultures as they have unfolded over these years."

The Promise of Artificial Intelligence: Reckoning and Judgement by Brian Cantwell Smith; Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others by Louise Amoore (Dual Review)
Reviewed by Elliott Hauser
"Each book offers a rigorous, engaging, and ambitious take on how humans and algorithms relate to each other, and the areas in which they share form and content represent a potential consensus in this field of inquiry."

Digital Data Collection and Information Privacy Law by Mark Burdon 
Reviewed by Brandon Butler
"We learn from Burdon that individual autonomy has long been seen as a key value facilitated by privacy, perhaps even its ultimate purpose or justification."

Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley – Making AI Serve Us All by Kevin Scott, with Greg Shaw
Reviewed by Christine T. Wolf
"People are situated in specific geographies and communities with specific historical and economic contours. So too are the technologies we build and the actions we take to incite change."

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