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What is Information? (2020) Cyberconference

Saturday, May 2 at 9:00am

Remote | Online

What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The cyberconference will consider information and its transformational effects and affects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; and from differential equations to physical information.

This year’s theme examines tapestries, temperaments, and topologies of information, including social and technical, mathematical and semantic, physical and biological, economic and political, cultural and environmental information. Information can thus be understood as physical, for instruction, and about epistemic systems.

This year's gathering builds on last year’s conference-experience, What is Technology? (2019), which examined practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination, as well as technology as intelligent inquiry and problem-solving. This year marks the fifth collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts.

Featured participants include:

Ivan E. Sutherland, Engineering & Computer Science, Portland State University

Elizabeth Canty-Jones, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon Historical Society
George Dyson, Independent Scholar, Science Historian, and Author
Divina Frau-Meigs, Information & Communication Science, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

André Brock, Literature, Media, & Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
Carol Stabile, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Oregon
Mark Burgin, Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA
Zizi Papacharissi, Communication/Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

• David Ribes, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

• Colin Koopman, Philosophy/Ethics/New Media & Culture, University of Oregon
Sandra Rendgen, Design, Infographics Group GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Dan Schiller, Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


• Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute / MIT Media Lab

In cooperation with The Oregon Historical Society.

Registration required. Please see the website for more details.

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