Ongoing Phd-projects at the Dept. of ALM

In Library and Information Science the following postgraduate students are currently active at the dept:

Inge Zwart Participatory memory work: A professional take on participation in museums (working title)
Museums are all about participation: audiences are engaged in new ways and external communities are invited to co-produce exhibitions. In my dissertation I investigate this latter type of ‘participatory memory work’. Specifically, I hone in on the everyday practice of this work, from the museum professional’s point of view. My comparative case study will be based on ethnographic research data from three projects at different European museums. Doing so, I aim to paint a detailed picture of how professionals deal with the (new) tasks at hand, their motivations and expectations, their understanding of ‘participation’, and the dynamic power relations at play within the project and the institution. All the while, I consider the respective institutional, cultural, and political frameworks. I will put my findings in conversation with literature from memory studies and information studies to analyse concepts such as ‘memory work’ and ‘participation’. 
I undertake this research as a POEM research fellow (https://www.poem-horizon.eu/) with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodawska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859. The thesis (monograph) will be written in English. The project is expected to be completed during fall 2022. Tutors: Isto Huvila and Inga-Lill Aronsson.

Christer Eld The Library as a Historical Document: The Preserved Library of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology
The dissertation project's point of departure is the idea of the library as a historical document that can tell us about the activities conducted by their patrons. Libraries are created for a reason. Various organisations shapes their libraries based on their different needs and activities, and this is especially true regarding knowledge producing institutions. Books and other documents are acquired based on their intellectual content, such as the subjects they treat. Therefore, libraries become a mirror or physical manifestation of the intellectual activities of the organisation in question.
From this notion, of the library as a knowledge reproducing institution that reflects the organisations activities, the preserved library collections and catalogues of the Swedish National Institute for Race Biology (Statens institut för rasbiologi) will be studied, a eugenic research centre which operated in Uppsala between 1922 and 1958.
The thesis (monograph) will be written in Swedish. The project will be completed during fall semester 2020.
Tutors: Kerstin Rydbeck and Ulrika Kjellman.

Ina-Maria Jansson Revolution or trend? Cultural heritage in a participatory society.
In the thesis, I write about how cultural heritage institutions are making the public participate in cultural heritage collections by methods of crowdsourcing. What space is assigned to the public and visitors when cultural heritage is displayed and how is it possible for museums and archives to use knowledge and information residing in civil society?  I also whish to learn what happens in relations between professionals and visitors when visitors get more involved and how this is affecting the part cultural heritage play in society.
At first hand, participation is studied in a digital context. This includes questions about communication between institutions and audience and how solutions for user participation are used and motivated.
In the thesis, perspectives on participation from both within and without cultural heritage institutions are addressed. Drivers and institutional trust of the public and their attitudes towards participation are, because of this, essential questions. The core of my research lies within the field of information science but also comes close to archival science; data supplied in processes of user-involvement are contextualised in terms of provenience, incorporation and preservation.
The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English. This project will be completed during autumn 2019. 
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Reine Rydén.

Lina Fridlund Own Worlds – A Study of Youth's Own Practices in Cultural and Learning Institutions.
The intention with this thesis is to raise awareness of youth’s own practices in cultural- and learning institutions. The main focus will be at illuminating youth´s own practices, but I´m also interested of understanding grown-ups ideas of youth in relation to different forms of literacies. Here I will focus on norms that surrounds youth´s own practices in relation to different forms of literacies. I will try to understand what it means if cultural institutions advocates certain literacies. In relation to this I want to illuminate youth´s own literacies. I will do this through focusing on digital literacies and social media. From a theoretical perspective my dissertation proceed from theories about  the cultural institution as a space, theories about power and theories about new media literacies.
The thesis (Monograph) will be written in Swedish. The project is estimated to be completed during spring semester 2019.
Tutors: Samuel Edquist and Åse Hedemark.
 

Amalia Juneström A Web of Hate. 
My research project is positioned within the discipline of Information Science and is part of a knowledge domain which concerns itself with issues of how humans are shaped by living in an information age. In my research, I am studying the phenomenon of online hate speech in a news media context. By investigating how online aggression is handled in various journalistic contexts, I aim to explore how antagonistic actions online shape the way a society communicates digital information. In order to understand how different practices of dealing with problems such as hate speech occur, I am focusing on the relationship between the media and certain groups of readers/users online.
The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English. The project is estimated to be completed during autumn semester 2020.
Tutors: Isto Huvila and Ulrika Kjellman.

Kristin Johannesson Constructions of identity categories in social tagging.
In my dissertation I analyse how the identity categories adulthood, fatherhood and heterosexuality are constructed in social tagging. Social tagging lets users organise documents by adding keywords, so called tags, which can be shared with other users. This is different from traditional knowledge organisation which is often made by experts and/or guided by a more predetermined structure and terminology. My interests include discussing such differences and developments, as well as similarities and parallels, between tagging and other knowledge organisation. The analytical and theoretical framework combines earlier critical research on knowledge organisation and theories on intersectionality, queer and gender. My empirical material consists of tags and tagged documents from the tagging systems Delicious, LibraryThing and Flickr. The analysis is guided by questions on whether and in which ways social tagging provides opportunities for negotiations and alternative constructions of these positions and categories.
The thesis (monograph) will be written in Swedish. 
Tutors: Samuel Edquist and Maja Bondestam (UUB).

Maria Ryman An American Promise: American Librarians' Talk about Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility, 1965 to the War on Terror.
The main aim for this contemporary history study is to analyze how American librarians have talked about and debated the relationship between intellectual freedom and social responsibility, and to show how these discussions can be seen as part of the identification and categorization of "America". It is my thesis argument that activist librarians use national narratives, which build on for example creedal ideas such as individualism and equality, and the criticisms against them, when they make judgments on intellectual freedom and social responsibility. The study is based on a wide variety of textual sources, with material emanating from the American Library Association (ALA) as a key group. Methodologically, I combine critical discourse analysis and practical argumentation analysis while keeping an eye on possible ways to deconstruct the dichotomy between the concepts that earlier critical LIS research has seen as a main rhetorical strategy for marginalizing social responsibility.
The thesis (monograph) will be written in English. 
Tutors: Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Ulrika Kjellman.

Peter Sjögårde Development and validation of methods for descriptive bibliometrics.
Bibliometrics, quantitative studies of publication collections, are used to get information about the research processes, development and dynamics. The information can be used by researchers to get an overview of their research fields or by policy makers at various levels, for example to see the development over time or relationships between researchers in different parts of the world. Algorithmic methods to classify and visualize research has been around for more than half a century, but technological advances have recently made more complex, large-scale analysis systems possible, for example by algorithmic classification of research articles in extensive global databases such as Web of Science and Scopus. Currently, the classification in these databases is performed at the journal level and is made at a course level. Such classifications can only be used for studies on a comprehensive level and does not admit studies on more finely-grained levels. New methods have been developed to make such studies possible. Furthermore, comprehensive systems, in relation to local systems, provide preconditions to study relationships between research areas, identify emerging areas or study the interaction between researchers in different research fields. However, such studies puts requirements on the infrastructure of the systems used for analysis regarding subject differentiation, unique identification of researchers and/or research groups, practical applicability, such as opportunities to "zoom" between different levels, labeling of subject areas, etc. The global databases do not provide a complete infrastructure to meet these needs. The dissertation project aims to contribute to the development of methods that refines and complements the infrastructure to meet such needs, for example, methods for labeling hierarchical classifications or identification of research groups. Thus, the aim is to improve preconditions to answer questions about the research processes, development and dynamics.
The thesis (compilation thesis) will be written in English. The project is estimated to be completed during autumn semester 2020.
Tutors: Kerstin Rydbeck and Björn Hammarfelt.