Announcing CAPAL/ACBAP 2015 Conference Keynote Speakers 1

We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for CAPAL/ACBAP’s 2015 Conference:  renowned cultural critic & education scholar, Henry Giroux and digital labour & LIS scholar, Sarah T. Roberts.

Sarah T. Roberts is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Information Studies (FIMS), Western University. Her current research focuses on the practice of commercial content moderation (CCM), a form of digital labor behind the scenes of the social media industry, “knowledge work” and the reconfigurations of labor and production in a Post-Industrial, globalized context. She is further interested in dissections of notions of digital information in society, and its attendant sociocultural, economic and ethical implications. At FIMS, she teaches in the MLIS program on managing and working in information organizations and leads a group of students, staff and faculty in the FIMS Gaming Club. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, and completed her Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please visit her website at illusionofvolition.com for more information about her research, teaching and current discussions related to the topics above (and more).

Henry Giroux is a renowned public intellectual and leading scholar of (higher) education, culture, and politics. He has authored and co-authored dozens of books, including, most recently, Neoliberalism’s War Against Higher Education (2014), The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine (2014), and Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (forthcoming, 2015). Giroux taught high school history in Barrington, Rhode Island from 1968 to 1975. Giroux received his Doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon in 1977. He then became professor of education at Boston University from 1977 to 1983. In 1983 he became professor of education and renowned scholar in residence at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he also served as Director at the Center for Education and Cultural Studies. He moved to Penn State Univeristy where he took up the Waterbury Chair Professorship from 1992 to May 2004. He also served as the Director of the Waterbury Forum in Education and Cultural Studies. He moved to McMaster University in May 2004, where he currently holds the McMaster University Chair in Scholarship for the Public Interest. For more about Giroux, visit http://henryagiroux.com.

We are excited to add Giroux and Roberts to what is shaping up to be a very exciting program for CAPAL/ACBAP 2015. Considering a submission to the conference? Click here for the CFP and for full submission details. Deadline for proposals is December 8th, 2014.

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