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!
The hashtag for the conference will be #ditigalgirls2012. I am really looking forward to today’s keynote by Lisa Nakamura.
(May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic)
2nd Global Conference:Femininities & Masculinities (May 2012: Prague, Czech Republic) | cfp.english.upenn.edu.
Note the inclusion of “cyberfeminism” in the list of appropriate topics.
Once again addressing the A in SLSA:
Gendering the Posthuman
This session invites submissions from art historians, curators and artists who
examine relationships between art, gender and technology from the 1960s to
present-day. Cold War fascination with the possibilities of new
technologies inspired influential critic and curator Jack Burnham in 1968 to call for a new
posthuman paradigm for art, characterized by a synthesis of the
technological and biological. The relationships between individual identity and technology
were later addressed by feminist artists in the early 1970s, who embraced new
technologies, such as video, as tools capable of facilitating social progress
and gender equity, but who also criticized domestic and military technologies
as tools of patriarchal domination. In the 1980s, scientist Donna Haraway hailed
the internet as an anonymous space where women might adopt alternate identities
and perhaps shape the gender politics of an emerging cyber-frontier. Her
utopianism was challenged by feminist critiques of the internet leveled by
artists in the 1990s, many of whom also targeted technologies affecting
women’s reproduction and the environment. Has recent art, including film, installation,
net art and performance,adequately addressed issues of gender in an
increasingly post-human present? Have new technologies in the art-making process yielded
greater gender equality, or replicated cultural inequality? How have the
intersections between gender and technology changed, if at all, over the past
40 years? Is a feminist critique of technology still viable or even relevant???
Due May 2, 2011 (more…)
Women’s & Gender Studies Session Proposals, 2012 NeMLA, March 15-18, Rochester, NY | cfp.english.upenn.edu.
March 15-18, Rochester, NY | cfp.english.upenn.edu
NeMLA seeks panel proposals by April 22. Calls for papers will be available in June.
Call For Papers | SLSA 2011 Conference.
Deadline extended to May 15, 2011. I have been to this conference twice in the past and it is a very exciting and intellectually rewarding experience.