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 to online and mixed mode learning conducted in learning management systems such as Blackboard and Canvas. We will examine methods for integrating feminist discourse into digital pedagogy while considering the challenges of accessibility and inclusion.
This roundtable intersects with previous conversations surrounding digital pedagogy at the MLA, but makes explicit the challenges that traditional digital humanities assumptions present for marginalized voices and feminist discourse. As a digital roundtable, this session will include a short overview with interactive digital display stations for each participant to engage with small groups in dialogue throughout the event. We invite proposals of 250-300 words addressing:
- Tools and strategies for creating intersectional feminist spaces within existing learning management systems
- Successful (and unsuccessful!) uses of technology in literature and writing curriculum
- Digital projects (such as games and web resources) designed to support intersectional feminist pedagogy
- Social media-based experiments or exercises designed for deployment in the literature or writing classroom
- Products and methods for critical making as part of intersectional feminist pedagogy
Presenters should include specific information on what they plan to share as part of their digital display. Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by March 10th.