Yea, Maine THAT Camp!

Yea, Maine! Thank you, Christopher, for volunteering to organize this.  I live in Maine only part time, and always look for a reason to be there.  I would love to facilitate a workshop.

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Thanks to all!

I realize this is a little belated, but I just wanted to say I had an extraordinary time at THATCamp Feminisms East 2013.  I think I felt more inspired and empowered than I have felt in a long time. It was wonderful to be around so many feminists who are excited about humanities and technology and who are willing to share and collaborate!  I don’t know about y’all, but I shook my head and said, “I’m not a duck; I’m a swan, after all.” :)

Cheers, to my sister and brother swans!

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Session Proposal: Teens on the Net

Aisha Oglivie & I are interested in teens on the internet: how do they build identity? How, if at all, do they become activists? What are the downfalls of tech for teens, and what are the positives? How do we use tech to instill a sense of agency, urgency and justice in teens, and how are they doing that themselves already?

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon?

Possible working session/workshop: If anyone is interested, we could take part in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon like at THATCamp Feminisms West and South: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Feminists_Engage_Wikipedia

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Video a Go Go

Hands on workshop learning how to use the tools that you ALREADY have (or can buy for under $5.00) to make short videos. Come with footage from the conference and create a collaborative video where EVERYONE gets to contribute footage and make the edits. Bring ideas for a video that you want to create and learn how to take the next step. Work together, alone, with assistance. Just get those videos rolling!
Not platform specific. Mac, PC, Linux, phones, tablets, phablets, cameras.

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Introduction to the Digital Humanities

Led by Natalia Cecire, this brief, partial, and situated introduction will explore the diversity of disciplinary foundations, methodologies, and practices of digital humanities. After an overview, we will look at a number of existing projects and discuss some core issues in digital humanities, including developing standards for evaluation, the role of collaboration, and open access.

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Digitizing Zines: Tensions Between Digital Desires & Print Culture Ideals

Daniela Capistrano (People of Color Zine Project), Jenna Freedman (Barnard Zine Library), and Melissa Rogers (Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio, University of Maryland) are interested in opening up a conversation about issues of ethics and materiality when it comes to digitizing and digitally archiving zines: do-it-yourself, independent publications, usually circulated on a small scale. What is gained and what is lost when they are changed from print to pixels? We explore questions of fair use regarding materials that are sometimes orphan works, and other ethical concerns of zine archivists, librarians, scholars and creators.

As zines gain institutional histories by finding homes in both community and university libraries and archives, as well as in digital formats online, it is important to ask what is at stake in digitizing them. What are the goals of digitizing, and what are ethical ways to go about archiving and circulating the ephemeral (and often anti-copyright) medium of zines? How might digitizing initiatives best involve the members of the communities to which zines matter, and what practices can help ensure that digital archiving serves their needs? What kinds of collaborative, activist, and artistic projects could come out of efforts to digitize zines and preserve the worlds from which they emerge?

A little background reading:

People of Color Zine Project, Queer Zine Archive Project

Licona, Adela. “(B)orderlands’ Rhetorics and Representations: The Transformative Potential of Feminist Third-Space Scholarship and Zines.” NWSA Journal. Vol. 17, No. 2 (2005), pp. 104-129. www.jstor.org/stable/4317128 (accessed March 15, 2013). [Part of her new book Zines in Third Space!]

Piepmeier, Alison. “Why Zines Matter: Materiality and the. Creation of Embodied Community.” American Periodicals. Vol. 18, No. 2 (2008), pp. 213-238. www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/41219799 (accessed March 15, 2013).

Wooten, Kelly. “Why We’re Not Digitizing Zines | Digital Collections Blog.” News, Events & Exhibits – Duke University Libraries Blogs. blogs.library.duke.edu/digital-collections/2009/09/21/why-were-not-digitizing-zines (accessed March 15, 2013).

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Workshop: Introduction to Omeka

Omeka is a simple system used by scholarly archives, libraries, and museums all over the world to manage and describe digital images, audio files, videos, and texts; to put such digital objects online in a searchable database; and to create attractive web exhibits from them. In this introduction to Omeka, you’ll create your own digital archive of images, audio, video, and texts that meets scholarly metadata standards and creates a search engine-optimized website. We’ll go over the difference between the hosted version of Omeka and the open source server-side version of Omeka, look at examples of Omeka archives and exhibits, and discuss other possible uses.

This workshop is intended for campers that have no previous experience with Omeka.

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Feminist Digital Pedagogies

First, let me say thanks to those who have already submitted such provocative session proposals! I’m excited to workshop many of these. My offering comes out of an ongoing Mellon-funded project I’m part of as an Associate of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. Under the rubric of The Role of Digital Humanities in Gender Studies: From Research to the Classroom, we’re discussing and developing curricula and online resources that address feminist approaches to teaching new media, technology, and science studies.

Some of the most interesting conversations around this theme have asked: what are feminist methods? What critical literacies do we want to equip students with and how do we teach them? This includes defining key problematics around gender and technology that can be incorporated into courses — digital divides, intersectional exclusions, knowledge production and information literacy, cyber-bullying, identity/anonymity, privacy issues, labor issues, etc. But it also encompasses questions about feminist approaches (not just feminist topics) — how can we integrate teaching epistemological, ideological, theoretical skills alongside technical skills? In Laura Briggs’s words, “What would a feminist online literacy look like?” I believe this political dimension has not been as present as it needs to be in privileged and well-funded initiatives around “digital media and learning.”

It would be wonderful to hear about folks’ ideas and experiences surrounding feminist digital pedagogies in school and university classrooms and other learning contexts, and to begin identifying some central strategies and interventions. I’d also like to survey existing online resources for digital feminisms as part of this session, and talk about what they’re helpful for and what remains to contribute.

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What I Wish I Had Known Earlier in the Digital Humanities Development Process

From Mia Zamora, Kean University:

I would like to propose a “Best Practices and Advice” discussion, or “What I Wish I Had Known Earlier in the Development Process” to support anyone who might be embarking on their first DH project. (Especially a DH Project which has an explicit activist component meant to engage the public in societal change.) When taking the big leap and developing a new DH resource, how can we best foster the practical principles of -information design, -collaboration, -access to sources, -analytic and visualization tools, -user interface, -community-building, -reader contributions, -methodology, and -critical apparatus that are so important to the success of a digital humanities project? I would like to hear from those who have been down this road and gained certain experience developing a long-term DH project. What have you learned along the way? …What has worked, what has not, etc.? (i.e. What have been your best resources? Most supportive professional learning communities? Advice on project timelines? Advice on securing grant support for development phases?). Also, I would love to hear thoughts on the simultaneous juggle of developing a new DH project (i.e. “making something”) and formally writing about that process. Advice on particular editorial/scholarly writing venues that can be considered when planning to write about project development?

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