Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer
Elizabeth Shaffer is an Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Information and Executive Director, UBC Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.
Her current work and research focus on critical enquiry into how information policy, practices and systems emerge and evolve in contemporary digital spaces, with particular attention to social justice issues, impacts of colonialism, and collections that document traumatic human events.
Prior to joining the IRSHDC, she was Director of Collections at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, overseeing initiatives focusing on the digitization, preservation, and pedagogical use of Holocaust survivor testimonies and collections in support of anti-racism education and exhibition curation on issues of genocide.
Her work is predicated on developing systems, spaces and practices grounded in collaborations in the development of dialogical and transparent information practices, research and pedagogy.