GCLR 2024 Distinguished Visitor: Prof. Mario Biagioli (UCLA)

The Graduate Center for Literary Research presents the

2024 Distinguished Visitor 

Prof. Mario Biagioli (UCLA) 

at UCSB May 29-31
Thursday, May 30, 5pm-6.30pm: Open Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop: “The Curriculum Vitae: Recording, Constructing, and Evaluating Authorship"
Room: Phelps 6206C
This workshop explores the history and function of the Curriculum Vitae, a crucial tool for job-seeking and also a primary means for the ongoing evaluation of academics by their institutions. The workshop will parse the CV from the resume, a summary of professional experience used for applying for specific positions. CV's are commonly adopted by academics to represent the various forms of work they undertake as faculty, including publications, teaching, and service.
Friday, May 31, 4pm-5:30pm: Public Lecture: “The Impact of Impact”
Room: Wallis Annenberg Conference Room
This lecture examines the ethical problems that arise from using metrics-based measurements to assess academic scholarship. The shift from peer review to metrics ("impact") was celebrated as a move towards transparency, objectivity, and fairness, leaving behind the dubious and problematic values of the “old boy network.” And yet, this shift also brought with it a plethora of problems, beginning with the difficulty of even defining what constitutes impact.
Everyone is welcome!

Mario Biagioli is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Communication at UCLA. He was previously a Distinguished Professor in the School of Law, the STS Program, and the Department of History at UC Davis, where he was the founding director for the Center for Science and Innovation Studies, and an Associate faculty member of the Cultural Studies Program and the Critical Theory Program. Dr. Biagioli’s scholarship is at the intersection of intellectual property and science and technology studies. He is currently completing a book on the new forms of scientific fraud and misconduct that are spawn by the introduction of metrics of academic evaluation. Other interests include patentable subject matter, the history of the idea/expression divide, and the role of eyewitnessing in science. A recipient of a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the NSF, the Mellon Foundation, the ACLS, and the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, Dr. Biagioli has been awarded fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford). He has authored and edited eight books, including Gaming the Metrics: New Ecologies of Academic Misconduct (with A. Lippman, MIT Press, 2020); From Russia with Code (with Vincent Lepinay, Duke University Press, 2019); Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (with P. Jaszi and M. Woodmansee, University of Chicago Press, 2011); Galileo's Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images, Secrecy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006); Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science (with Peter Galison, Routledge, 2003); and Galileo, Courtier (University of Chicago Press, 1993), (translated into German, Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese). His articles have appeared in Nature, Critical Inquiry, Notre Dame Law Review, Trends in Chemistry, KNOW, UC Davis Law Review, Angewandte Chemie, Theory Culture & Society, International Journal of Cultural Property, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science among others.