The IS Distinguished Young Scholars Speaker Series invites you to attend a talk with:

Emad Khazraee, Ph.D. Candidate in Information Studies at the College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Archaeology of Archaeology: A study of the creation of archaeological knowledge in practice

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 3-4 p.m.

Location: 301 College Avenue, (Information Science Building)

Reception to follow with light refreshments.

This study develops a systematic understanding of how knowledge is created and being embedded in research Networks of Practice. Developments in the field of archaeology are rooted in collaborative sensemaking across multiple disciplines and groups. Teams of archaeologists collaborate to share evidence-based knowledge about found artifacts and their context. They derive a collective narrative that makes sense of artifacts and places, their place in a historical timeline, and their socio-cultural significance. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted across multiple research disciplines and communities of practice within three major archaeology research projects, this study identifies the material components of embedded knowledge and explicates the processes by which objectual and social practices shape the adoption of theories across the archaeological networks of practice. Also discussed is the notion that global network acceptance requires alignment between a researcher’s theoretical narrative and the socio-cultural narratives espoused by the network. 

Emad Khazraee is a Ph.D. Candidate in Information Studies at College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University and will be joining the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania as a visiting research fellow in 2014. His research is formed around the interplay between social and technical phenomena, and his doctoral research focuses on the socio-technical aspects of knowledge production in multidisciplinary, collaborative, and data-intensive scholarly practices; specifically in the archaeological communities of practice. In another research trajectory, he is looking at the cultural differences in new media use in Iran and the relationship between social change and repressive cultural environments. Emad received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran, and served as the director of the ICT Department in the Encyclopaedia of Iranian Architectural History between 2006-2009.

The IS Distinguished Young Scholars Speaker Series is hosted by the Information Science Graduate Students Association (ISGSA) at Cornell University. The goal of this series is to encourage the Cornell community to engage with scholars  who are conducting thought provoking, innovative and creative research in the interdisciplinary field of information science. These rising stars are early in their academic career.

This event is open to the Cornell Community and is funded by the GPSAFC.