ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

Mediating Connections through Materiality: Cultures and Communities

Lynne Howarth1, Ivette Bayo Urban2, Iulian Vamanu3
University of Toronto, Canada; 2University of Washington; 3Rutgers University

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4:00pm


Objects and their associations are a means of self-expression and an integral part of identity making. Our panelists and our participants together will engage in exploring, defining and theorizing diverse research spaces of mediating connections through materiality. The panel is a discursive arena where participants embedded in different communities engage in material practices. In this session the panelists and participants will walk through the process of mediating connections through materiality in real time. The session is intended to be about the process—the means to an end, not an end in itself: shifting boundaries, identifying connections, moving margins and creating a participatory practice that embodies the very connections we hope to enact. Together we are moving from {apart from} to {a part of} – thus our practice reflects what we have experienced in our respective projects, facilitating in a material way the practice of boundary-spanning. This interactive session essentially speaks to all aspects of the conference theme of Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities.