"Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess." – Donna Haraway

My colleague David Parry (@academicdave) and I are coordinating a panel on Making Digital Counterpublics for the 2014 MLA Convention in Chicago. The official call (limited to 35 words) is:

Making Digital Counterpublics

How can humanities classroom and research practices use digital tools and platforms to facilitate counterpublic formation for marginalized populations, activist organizations, and community outreach? 300 word abstracts by March 15th to David Parry (dparry at utdallas dot edu) and Kim Knight (kknight08 at gmail dot com)

David will chair the session and I will take part in the panel. My topic will be the use of classroom practices (specifically the Fashioning Circuits project) to create inclusive spaces for coding and making.

If you are unfamiliar with the MLA session proposal format, it works like this: we solicit paper submissions. Then we propose the panel to the convention organizers. So even though we may include you on the panel, we aren’t quite done yet. The panel itself still has to be accepted by the convention. You have to be an MLA member by April 7 to present at the convention.

We are excited to hear about the ways that other universities are using digital tools to engage with the public, re-frame the university, and so on. Please submit!

Edited to add: We’re extending the deadline to March 25th!

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