There are a range of events, workshops, and lectures hosted by the individual programs and centers affiliated with GC Digital Initiatives. To see more GCDI events, check out the GC Events & Workshops Calendar below.
This symposium will foreground an intersectional approach, recognizing that structures and experiences of oppression are connected, across online and offline spaces. We welcome all perspectives.
Our keynote speaker will be distinguished scholar, activist and media-maker Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, media justice, and community-led design. Dr. Costanza-Chock’s book Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (alliedmedia.org), and a worker/owner at Research Action Design (RAD.cat), a worker-owned cooperative that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for submissions: Friday, April 14th, 2017
The GC Digital Fellows invite submissions for inclusion in a half-day symposium on digital activism that brings together designers, software developers, community organizers and scholars to discuss the possibilities and limitations of digital activism — past and present — and its relationship to offline grassroots efforts. From social media networks to e-mail to websites, the Internet and digital technologies are deployed both as a tool to organize and amplify activists’ resistance efforts, as well as a site of state and corporate control and surveillance.
We welcome proposals that consider digital activism from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to:
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES
Graduate students of any discipline, designers, software developers, and community organizers are invited to submit paper proposals for 15 minute presentations on their research on or involvement in digital activism that is related to the aforementioned approach and questions. Groups may present collaboratively or individually.
To apply: Submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with your presentation title, full name, email, and university or institutional affiliation in a single .doc or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activism and the Intersectional Internet” in the subject line of the message.
Submission deadline: Friday, April 14th, 2017
This event is sponsored by the GC Digital Initiatives and the GC Digital Fellows.