Spring 2019 Course: LIS 598 H – Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience

LIS 598 H (SLN 16268): Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience

Engage with the world in spring quarter: INFX 598 Designing for Resilience. Join Prof Karen Fisher, 5-year embedded field researcher with UNHCR on the Syrian border, as you learn about information worlds in conflict zones and how information and technology can support human relationships and resilience. Taught online, the class takes a global perspective to understand borders, conflict, vulnerability, power, community, and security. Join the class this spring!

Curious? Watch: www.humanflow.com www.afterspringfilm.com www.offathersandsons.com

Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience is hands-on, creative, and about supporting futures through information, design and compassion. One of Dr. Fisher’s current UN missions is the Zaatari Camp Life Project: Resilience through Food, Art and Community.

Contact Dr. Fisher for more info (fisher@uw.edu)

LIS 598 H (SLN 16268): Information Beyond Borders: Designing for Resilience

Description: In 2018 roughly 70 million people were forcibly displaced by war and persecution worldwide, over half of whom are children, marking the worst global humanitarian crisis since World War II. The UNHCR reports that the vast majority of refugees (86%) remain in low to middle income countries close to situations of conflict. The aim of this course is to learn methods for understanding and supporting the vast and complex information worlds of refugees through focusing on concepts of borders and resilience. Sophisticated methods supported by extended engagement with refugees and stakeholders and triangulated data are required to understand subtleties across populations, and the implicit, hidden roles played by different people such as youth, elders, mentors and aid workers in refugees’ social networks and their effects across wider society. Such understandings can be linked to broader economic, education and environmental outcomes. In this class, we draw on interdisciplinary approaches, and weekly examine humanitarian technologies and media. The instructor has been an embedded field researcher with UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) on the Syrian border since 2014 helping build resilience using info science methods.

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