Faculty Research

Lindsay Mattock, Assistant Professor

Lindsay’s professional experience as a video-technician and personal interest in filmmaking and photography have shaped her academic interest in the preservation of visual media and the recordkeeping practices of media creators. Her co-authored article analyzing depictions of records and records creation in Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo was recently published in Archival Research and Education: Selected Papers from the 2014 AERI Conference. She is currently working on Mapping the Independent Media Community (MIMC), which aims to visualize the movement of artists and their productions over time in order to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between artists and organizations, and to provide insight into the influence of these connections on the films and videos produced and distributed during the 1970s and 80s. Lindsay and research assistant Kara Wentworth have detailed the development of the project in "Unearthing the Underground, Databasing the Avant-Garde, and Mapping the Independent Media Community” published in May 2016 issue of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal. Her other project Makers by Mail explores a new model for mobile makerspaces that emphasizes prototyping as pedagogy, which involves shipping small, fabrication technologies and instructions to users using priority mail, or the “four walls” of the shipping box. Lindsay and project collaborators Christina Boyles, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar of Digital Humanities, and recent SLIS graduate Andrew Petersen presented their initial findings at HASTAC 2016 at the University of Arizona, INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) at the University of Victoria, and DH 2016 held in Krakow, Poland this past summer.

Mattock, Lindsay and Eleanor Mattern. “Looking at Archives in Cinema: Recent Representations of Records in Motion Pictures.” Archival Research and Education: Selected Papers from the 2014 AERI Conference, edited by Richard J. Cox, et. Al.. Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2015.

Mattock, Lindsay and Kara Wentworth. “Unearthing the Underground, Databasing the Avant-Garde, and Mapping the Independent Media Community.” IASA Journal 46 (May 2016): 22-32.



Iulian Vamanu, Associate Professor

Professor Vamanu's research interests include information needs and uses in educational, artistic, and religious contexts; indigenous knowledge and heritage in the digital environment; and ethical challenges related to the use of information technologies. His article on reading practices among recent Christian and Muslim converts has recently been published in the Journal of Religious & Theological Information. Another study on new mediations of Native cultural heritage will appear this year in the third volume of the Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics. He is currently researching and writing studies about the Indigenous heritage in the works of new media Native artists; the shape of (trans)formative information practices (such as reading and writing) in the digital era; as well as the information experiences of people involved in the study and production of paper at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Vamanu, Iulian, and Elysia Guzik. "'Closer to God': Meanings of Reading in Recent Conversion Narratives within Christianity and Islam." Journal of Religious & Theological Information 14, no. 3-4 (2015): 63-78. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10477845.2015.1085784