Melodie J. Fox
Doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Visitor eHumanities Group from 27 March – 4 April 2014
Melodie J. Fox is a doctoral candidate the School of Information Studies, the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Melodie holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s of library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is also near completion of her Ph.D. in information studies, with a minor in gender studies.
Her research interests include the social consequences of knowledge organization, epistemology, ethics, and concept theory, and specifically these areas as they relate to gender. In her dissertation, “Gender as an ‘Interplay of Rules’: Detecting Epistemic Stances of Four Editions of the Dewey Decimal Classification Using Foucauldian Genealogical Discourse Analysis,” Melodie examine how gender categories have discursively destabilized over time and the resulting epistemic shift behind the classifications of gender in the DDC, including the impact of digital media on the most recent revision of DDC. Ultimately the goal is not to only show historical, discursive construction of the concepts, but rather the epistemic influences on classification, and the concomitant consequences to human groups. Additionally, she has written about gendered linguistics and social tagging on LibraryThing and the application of a Derridean ethical framework to social tagging. She is also a project consultant for the Woman’s Building Library database, a re-created database of the women’s library at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, a collection partially scattered and partially destroyed.
During her visit to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam she plans to consult with the e-Humanities group on finding textual analysis tools appropriate for discourse analysis.