This call came across the FemTechNet listerv this morning and seems very interesting. I am a bit sad that I don’t teach online so I have nothing to submit. I look forward to reading the final product!
Call for Submissions
Professing Feminism: Teaching Through the Digital Divide
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014
Page limit 15-25 pages
Format: Email articles in MLA style. Double spaced. MSWord attachments only.
Professing Feminism, inspired by our own online teaching experiences in for-profit and not-for-profit higher education, will be a path-breaking anthology exploring feminist pedagogy and feminist content in online courses. Have you had experience teaching feminism online? How can your shared experience help facilitate the inclusion of feminist pedagogy and feminist content in the growth of online teaching that is rapidly mushrooming?
We are open to essays that both critique and positively evaluate the potential for professing feminism in online work, in a variety of contexts. Submissions can cover any aspect of the experience of feminism, feminist pedagogy, online teaching and online learning.
We are especially interested in articles that address the following topics:
- Enacting a feminist pedagogy in online courses
- Feminism and for-profit schools
- Teaching other people’s feminism (teaching from prewritten courses in for-profit or not-for-profit online programs).
- Providing feminist context in classes that include women’s literature, but provide no feminist context to the works.
- Men and feminism in online classes.
- Encouraging feminism in composition classes (or any classes where feminist content is rarely found or emphasized).
- Academic hierarchy and feminism in online schools.
- Feminist collaboration: issues of isolation, networking and publishing as an online adjunct
- Addressing the stigma of teaching online and the divide between online and on ground schools and instructors.
- Addressing the negative perceptions of online teaching.
- The role of feminism in the new model of online teaching and for-profit schools
- Feminism’s role within the job preparation emphasis in online schools
About the Editors:
Melissa Rigney has over 10 years online teaching and course development experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit higher education.In addition to a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska. She also has an M.S in Educational Technology from Texas A&M.
Batya Weinbaum holds a doctorate in English from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has been teaching feminism online since 2007, and has been editing the journal Femspec since 1997. Her scholarship, including writings on feminist pedagogy, has appeared in numerous venues, including Transformations, a journal of inclusive teaching practices. She has published three scholarly books, including a book with University of Texas Press, and has been included in numerous scholarly anthologies.
CFP of Interest: Texting Girls: Images, Sounds, and Words in Neoliberal Cultures of Femininity (I call BabyMetal!)
If the abstract in the CFP is any indicator, this upcoming issue of Women & Performance is going to be a great read.
I have lately been fascinated by the YouTube videos of the Japanese group Babymetal and may submit something on them.
At first glance on their website, they appear to be a pretty standard death metal band. The only clue to their difference might be the hearts in the Bs in “Baby.”
But watch a video and you will see that this is a strange mashup of death metal and choreographed reality-show J-pop, rounded out with apocalyptic goth lolita fashion. The only overlord they seem to be worshipping here is their waistlines as they demand chocolate but simultaneously worry about weight gain in the lyrics. Fascinating.
Deadline for essay submissions is September 30th. The review process is open and pretty short. Accepted essays are published the following May.
This is a pretty nice overview of Digital Humanities (DH) teaching and scholarship for those who may be unfamiliar with it. It is great to see Miriam Posner’s work profiled and to see an emphasis on pedagogy. I additionally appreciate the author’s focus on the impressive work of student Iman Salehian.
There are two points to which I’d like to draw attention. Neither of these ruins the article for me, but both are worth considering, even if just for a moment:
1. The first is the statement, “Ms. Salehian, 20, is a petite junior with an outsize work ethic.” While this is meant as a compliment to Ms. Salehian, her bodily stature is irrelevant to her work ethic and to her DH work. Would she have been similarly described were she not petite? Why is the young male student in the article not described similarly? I’m sure the author didn’t even realize he was doing this. This is a great example of implicit bias, y’all… It’s hard to imagine a male student being described in diminutive terms. I hate to start the new year with the return of my Sad Lady Ada meme, but so it must be. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this week, Twitter user @s_hardey tweeted at me that Microsoft is working on a high-tech bra. The tweet came on a Tuesday, which is my busiest teaching day. Before I got a chance to check it out, it got buried in my mentions.
But today…today is an unexpected work-at-home day thanks to winter storm Cleon. So when I saw this PolicyMic article in my Tweet stream, it reminded me that I had never followed up on Sarah’s tweet and gave me the chance to check it out.
Nina Ippolito is responding to a research team’s project that used a phone app to track the relationship between women’s emotions and eating habits and then tried to use the app to intervene before emotional eating could occur. The intervention came in the form of a message that suggested deep breathing exercises. The third stage of the project developed a prototype bra that tracked the emotional state of the wearer based on vital signs. The data gathered by the bra did not result in an intervention. Instead, the purpose was to see how well the vital signs aligned with emotional state. The paper does not seem to indicate how the bra might eventually be connected to a strategy of intervention. Would it buzz? Shock? Connect to the wearer’s phone and the app? It’s unclear.
Ippolito’s critique of the Emotional Eating bra raises many interesting questions. Like Ippolito, I find myself hesitant about the researchers’ choice of which women’s health problem to solve. I suspect that emotional overeating is a problem for which the researchers felt that their wearable device presents a plausible solution. However, the device has problematic potential for policing women’s emotions and bodies in a culture that is already quite adept at doing so.
This upcoming issue of Virtualis intends to expand the discourse on digital divide beyond quantifying access to the skills and literacies necessary to achieve inclusion.
Looking at past issues, it looks as though a range of methodologies are welcome: from study-based to critical/theoretical readings of policy, and so on.
The latest issue of Ada: A journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology is out and the topic is “Feminist Science Fiction.”
There are lots of great looking articles, including a transcription of a speech by Donna Haraway. I can’t wait to dig in to this issue!
The website Finding Ada is collating information about worldwide events to celebrate women in STEM in honor of Ada Lovelace Day on October 15, 2013. (Not sure who Ada Lovelace is? Read about her here but be sure to come back to read about these great events celebrating her legacy.)
If you can’t make it to an offline event, there are multiple online ways to participate, including writing a blog post about a women in STEM whose accomplishments you admire!
Just write your blog post, publish it, and then head on over to findingada.com to add your story to their collection.
I am celebrating by participating in Design Your World, a STEM for Girls conference, on October 19 with my Fashioning Circuits project. In addition, I’m giving a talk on “Fashion and the Threads of Digital Literacy” at the end of the month (A new talk on diversity each Friday in October; Free tickets here).
Let’s all actively work toward a future in which I no longer have any need to use my Sad Ada Lovelace meme!