Organized by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession MLA Convention, New York City, January 4-7, 2018 —————————————————————————— Digital spaces present a number of challenges to feminist discourses: platforms such as Twitter suffer from design affordances that amplify trolling and harassment, unmoderated online forums can easily become havens for misogynist discourse, and being visible as a woman online is associated with sexual harassment and continual microaggressions. The recent election and its aftermath have particularly brought attention to the discursive challenges faced in the context of charged, intersectional, feminist debate. However, digital spaces are increasingly sites of learning, from massively online courses toRead More →

This spring, I’m co-teaching the Theories of Text & Technology graduate course in University of Central Florida’s Text & Technology PhD program with Dr. Mel Stanfill. Co-teaching is always an exciting opportunity to combine theoretical approaches and perspectives into the making of a syllabus, and I’m really looking forward to this one. Here’s our plan for the semester: T&T Theory Course description We will examine how theoretical discourse has evolved through shifting technological platforms, with particular attention to the challenges software, code, and networks present to our understanding of texts. We will engage with examples of complex procedural works ranging from video games to electronicRead More →

“That’s Not How Scholarship Works: Exploring the Process of Multimodal Critical Making.” Most scholarly works published in digital forms reprise the written essay: they may be unconstrained by publisher’s desires for page limits, but otherwise they are often so bound to the pseudo-printed form as to be published online as PDF documents, paginated and static. Despite the promise of many disruptive technologies for collaboration, annotation, open peer review, and the integration of multimedia, relatively few literature and humanities journals operate with these mechanisms. Digital humanities discourse has embraced the collaborative project, which is often large in scale, grant-funded, and requires the dedicated labor of programmersRead More →