Vamanu, Iulian

Assistant Professor
319-335-5714

School of Library and Information Science
3068 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Professor Vamanu completed his PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include information processes in pleasurable and profound areas of human life (e.g., arts and crafts, cultural heritage, religion, and self-publishing); Indigenous curatorship as an information profession; as well as ethical concerns about certain uses of information technologies and disinformation.

Publications: 

Vamanu, I. (2018). Imagining places: The roles of the place trope in the discursive constructions of Indigenous knowledge. Poroi, 14(1), Article 4.

Vamanu, I. (2016). New mediations of Native cultural heritage: The case of the TimeTravellerTM machinima project (pp. 228-244). Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics 2015/2016.

Vamanu, I., & Guzik, E. (2015). “Closer to God:” Meanings of reading in recent conversion narratives within Christianity and Islam. Journal of Religious & Theological Information, 14(3/4), 63-78. DOI:10.1080/10477845.2015.1085784

Areas of Interest: 
Knowledge organization, cultural heritage informatics, information behavior, information ethics.
Research and Grants: 

Professor Vamanu is currently working on a few projects: the construction of cultural heritage as a research object in the scholarship across disciplines; the roles and responsibilities of Indigenous curators in North American context; information practices in various cultural heritage contexts; the role of fiction reading in the education of information professionals; ethical challenges related to the use of big data; research literacy practices for critical information consumers in a regime of post-truth climate.