NORASIST Fall Meeting & Speaker | School of Information | Kent State University

NORASIST Fall Meeting & Speaker

Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) welcomes NORASIST (Northeast Ohio chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology) members and guests for the fall meeting and speaker.


  • Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, 1125 Risman Dr, Kent, OH 44242, 3rd Floor Main University Library, room 352 (Take the elevator to the third floor of the library; turn right off the elevator; go through the double glass doors ahead; room 352 is the glass-walled conference room at the end of the reception area.)
  • Parking: Kent Student Center visitor parking lot 
  • OR online via WebEx (See WebEx connection information below.)


SLIS Assistant Professor Emad Khazraee, Ph.D.: "Epistemic Objects and Embeddedness: Knowledge Construction in Research Networks of Practice"

Emad Khazraee Ph.D.In this presentation, we explore the meanings of objectual practice that are revealed by examining embedded information structures and performativity. We conceptualize a network of practice as a nexus of interconnected practices, formed around materially mediated interdependencies across communities of practice. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork of archaeology research, conducted across multiple research disciplines and communities of practice, we identify the material components of embedded information and explicate the processes by which objectual and social practices shape the adoption of theories across the network, creating knowledge-in-practice. We conceptualize knowledge construction as a product of the constant tension between contextualization and decontextualization (embeddedness and disembeddedness). Our findings demonstrate the mechanisms by which exploratory interactions with the information embedded in things (research objects) produce breakdowns that reveal inconsistencies within current theories.

Dr. Emad Khazraee is a sociotechnical information scientist and an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. He held a post-doctoral research fellow position at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015). Emad received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University. His research is formed around the interplay between social and technical phenomena. His doctoral research focused on knowledge production processes in data-intensive, collaborative and multidisciplinary communities of practice. In another research trajectory, he is looking at the cultural differences in new media use and the relationship between social change and digital technologies.

Online Connection via WebEx

You may connect starting at 6:45; the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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