- This weekend I’ll be in NYC as part of my ongoing project at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
- At the end of the month, I’m visiting Jack Gieseking at Bowdoin. I hear there’s an LL Bean that’s open 24 hours!
- April 3-6, I’ll be back in the NYC metropolitan area, very excited about pulling off the Queer Internet Studies workshop that’s been in my head for almost a year!
- I’ll be in Tampa from April 8 to the 11th for AAG.
- Back to NYC (you can see why it is that people forget I don’t actually live there any more) April 11 and 12th for the Radical Archives Conference.
- Headed to Chicago April 16-18th for PCA.
- And finally, a non-work-related trip: I’m going to South Africa at the end of April! I’m going with my family to visit family friends, it’ll be my first time on the continent of Africa, so I couldn’t be more excited.
It’s the last day of the iconference and I’m just leaving an awesome, much needed discussion of social justice issues related to library and information science. It’s always affirming to see people in my field who care about social justice exchanging ideas, frustrations, success stories, failure stories and giving advice, here are some brief notes from the discussion. Many of these examples focus on teaching and academic life, but there are ways to reposition them towards other contexts.
+Discomfort is okay. Nicole Cooke pointed out that it’s actually productive and useful to generate moments of discomfort in class - I really appreciate this point as a reminder that as tempting as it is to shy away from moments of social awkwardness that come from identifying gaps in privilege, it can also be an important opportunity to reshape assumptions.
+When it comes to convincing administrators and senior faculty of the importance of diversity and inclusion efforts, we need allies who are higher ups and money talks. The members of the panel were from GSLIS at the ischool at Illinois, and they noted the importance of having champions in their program. Also, having received a grant to work on diversity and inclusion lends a degree of legitimacy to politics of challenging heteronormativity.
+Even if we’re making our classes full of theories of power, students self-select for classes specifically geared towards issues of race class and gender, so how do we get issues of social justice into the curriculum as a whole? Some inventive ideas include course releases for faculty to partner with existing classes to integrate issues of critical theory and social justice into coursework. Also, a clearer articulation of how these efforts fit into the category of service. Another idea is building momentum with interdisciplinary efforts towards feminist ideology, like Laura Portwood-Stacer’s efforts to generate conversations of feminists working on social media at a range of communication and HCI conferences.
+When it comes to the examples that you’re using in class, it’s important to think about the examples that we use. It’s an easy thing to bring up with colleagues as a way of talking about diversity that can be fairly easily integrated into the classroom.
Flamingo Pink was my jam in the late 80s.
alpine was the firs color I ever dyed my hair.
My first Manic Panic color was Flame, sophomore year of college.
My first Manic Panic was Pillarbox Red, which I rocked through most of 2005, eventually branching out to Carnation Pink, Turqoise and Midnight Blue. Pillarbox is still my favorite, even if it’s a hard color to keep.