Libraries are - contrary to popular belief - by no means value-neutral places where knowledge is "merely" collected and made accessible. Daily library practices, such as the acquisition, classification, and presentation of media, are characterized by evaluation, selection and standardization and can thus be understood as epistemic, i.e. as knowledge and cognition-related processes. These library practices can thus be understood as epistemic, i.e. as knowledge and cognition-related processes. As a result, they always carry the threat of exclusion and discrimination of elements that do not conform to the normative schemes applied and can consequently stand in the way of a diversity-oriented knowledge organization.
We are looking for interested scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies as well as librarians and library scientists who want to apply methods of their disciplines (e.g. queer theory, deconstructivist, intersectional and postcolonial theories) to case studies from the library context in collaborative and interdisciplinary project work and participate in the joint production of a scientific publication on their results.
See the dedicated website below for more information and registration: https://lab.sbb.berlin/events/critical-library-perspectives/
The event will take place entirely online. Webex links for participation will be posted on the event website or sent via email.