2023 Doctoral Dissertation Winner: Courtney Richardson

Press release
July 18, 2022
Media contact:
Lacey Torge, lacey@libraryjuicepress.com

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Courtney Richardson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences, based on her dissertation project, titled, “Art as Information: Re-Reading Quicksand.”

The award committee stated:

Artmaking is a practice as old as humanity and, some scholars in the past have argued, it is also a knowledge-generating practice. In her doctoral dissertation, Courtney Richardson promises to reinvigorate discussions on that topic. As the title suggests, her work considers artmaking as an information technology, making this fundamentally an epistemological project. The work is theoretically grounded and methodologically innovative, and it brings together themes of embodiment, time, intersectional identity and more. It is also particularly relevant and exciting in this cultural moment as we grapple with questions of social inclusion as well as AI-generated artwork.

The award consists of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.

Since this award is for ongoing research, other applicants who are still working on their dissertations will be eligible to enter their work next year, and we encourage them to do so.

For more information about the award, please visit https://litwinbooks.com/grants-and-awards/doctoral-award/.