Michael Olsson, University of Technology, Sydney: SLIS Visiting Scholar 10/17-10/18

Professor Olsson is Senior Lecturer and Graduate Coordinator in Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He will giving a public research presentation and also convening a doctoral student workshop during his visit:

  • RESEARCH PRESENTATION
    Monday, October 17, 12 Noon – 1 pm in Gorgas Library Room 503
    Constructing Shakespeare
    Dr. Olsson looks at how theatre professionals (actors, designers, directors etc.) make sense of a culturally iconic author. The findings of the study are based on interviews with 35 theatre professionals in Canada, Finland and the UK, including 14 from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, North America’s largest and most prestigious classical repertory theatre, and 12 from Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Other participants include actors, writers and directors associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Central School of Speech & Drama in the UK and the Tampereen Työväen Teatteri in Finland.

    Wimba room for participating in the Colloquium from a distance: http://tinyurl.com/5t8fhgd. (Information about Wimba.)

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  • DOCTORAL STUDENT WORKSHOP
    Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in Reese Phifer Hall Room 466
    Theory-Methodology-Research Practice
    (Doctoral Student Workshop)
    Information Studies research has for many years been critiqued for its lack of substantive theoretical engagement. Many researchers, senior academics as well as doctoral candidates, seem unclear on the relationship between meta-theory and applied theory and how these should inform their research practice. At the same time, many LIS researchers’ discussions of methodology are little more than an atomistic description of research methods.Dr Michael Olsson, who has run doctoral workshops in Europe, North America and Australia, will discuss the relationship between theory, methodology and the actual practice of research. He will discuss students’ own research with them and work with them on ‘putting the pieces together’ into a coherent whole.

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Funding provided by the Library School Association of The University of Alabama.

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