2017 Workshop Preliminary Program


Registration, Lunch, All Panels, Data Praxis Workshop + Keynotes:
Levis Faculty Center, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL.

Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) Workshop – Part 1 + 2:
Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab, 1301 South Goodwin Avenue, Art Annex 2, Urbana, IL.


Day 1 – Friday, March 10th

8:30-9A: Onsite Registration

9-9:15A: Welcome Remarks

9:15-9:30A: Icebreaker Exercise

9:45-11:45A: Humanities Data Praxis – with Elizabeth Wickes, Eleanor Dickson, and Andrea Thomer: A workshop for humanists and social scientists for learning skills for working with data. No experience – programming or otherwise – necessary! Bios and details here.

12-1:15PM – Panel 1: Data Mutations/Data Vitalities: Bodies in the Circuit

  • Lars Z. Mackenzie (Gender, Women, & Sexuality, University of Minnesota) “Data Anomalies: Transgender People, Fraud Detection and the Trouble with Authenticity.”
  • Katie P. Bruner (Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign): “Algorithmic Art and “The Next Rembrandt”: Figurations of Culture and Capital”
  • Madison Van Oort (Sociology,University of Minnesota) “Fast Fashion Police: Data, Technology, + Retail Worker Monitoring” 
  • Madisson Whitman (Anthropology, Purdue) “’Subscript Outside of Bounds’: Queering Tumblr Glitches”
  • Adriana Alvarado Garcia (Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington) – “Designing Data Visualizations to Address Data-Related Challenges of Non-Profit Organizations”

1:30-2:30PM: Lunch

2:30-3:15P Panel 2: Unruly Edges: Interventions in Techno-Scientific Histories

  • Isis Rose (Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: “Informed Refusal: the Black Southern Midwife as Biodefector”
  • Bobby Edwards (History, University of California San Diego): “In-Progress Dissertation on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Issues in Decolonizing Historiography”
  • Ana Barahona (Evolutionary Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico): “Erasing Borders: Nuclear Physics, Genetics and Radiobiology in Mexico in the 1960s”
  • Matthew Pitchford (Communication,University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) “The @Horse_Ebooks in the Machine: Virality and Socio-Technical Assemblage Online”

3:30-4:30 – KEYNOTE ADDRESS with Jenny Reardon, Sociology and Science & Justice Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. Title TBA. 

4:30-6:00P – Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) Workshop – Part 1: Scavenging for Science Hardware Exercise – with Max Liboiron, Memorial University, Newfoundland.

  • Hardware is a vital part of scientific work, and advances in instrumentation have been central to scientific revolutions. Although scientists are often tinkerers, the current supply chain for science hardware limits access and impedes creativity and customisation. This two-part workshop begins with scavenging materials from the waste stream to be re-purposed for scientific hardware. We will visit local hot spots for waste, glean objects fit for science, and the following day, use them to build instruments for monitoring marine pollution. People are welcome to attend either workshop without attending the other. Please wear clothing appropriate for walking and touching dirty things. LOCATION: Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab, 1301 South Goodwin Avenue, Art Annex 2, Urbana, IL.

DAY 2 – Saturday March 11th

8:30-11A: Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) Workshop Part 2: Building Feminist Technologies for Monitoring Water Systems Plastics with Max Liboiron, Memorial University, Newfoundland.

  • Feminist technology often refers to technologies that deal with issues of gender and equity. But we can also design and build technologies that embody the values of feminism—equity, justice, accessibility. In this workshop, we will use materials scavenged from local waste to create DIY, feminist hardware for monitoring plastic pollution in local waterways. The workshop will include a short introduction to feminist tech and the issue of plastic pollution, build time for creating instruments, and a trip to the water to test out our new inventions.  LOCATION: Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab, 1301 South Goodwin Avenue, Art Annex 2, Urbana, IL.

11:30-12:45A – Panel 3: Seeing Natural + Social Systems

  • Ryan Alan Sporer (Sociology, University of Illinois Chicago) “Seeing the Grid and Producing Knowledge to Go Off-Grid: The Non-Specialist’s Movement to Build Assemblages for Autonomy.”
  • Keith Berman (Communication, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign) “Resource landscapes: How LGBT Students Conceptualize Stress and Support in a University Setting.” 
  • Cindy Lin Kaiying (School of Information,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) “Locating Postcolonial Moments: Harmonizing DIY drones, Scientists and Indonesian Makers.”
  • Carolyn Huizar & Corey Huber (Communication, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign) “Seeking Help for Depression Among Elderly Latinos: Culturally Sensitive Strategies for Encouraging Treatment.”
  • Megan Poole (English, The Pennsylvania State University) “Augmented, Virtual, and Visual Reality Through a Feminist Lens.”

1-2P: Lunch

2-3:15P Panel 4:  Frictions in Creating/Making Culture

  • Diana Leon-Boys (Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) “Disney’s New Darkening: Elena of Avalor in the Digital Age.”
  • Xi Rao (Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology) “Understanding Fans through their Love to “Strong Women.
  • Michael Anthony DeAnda (Lewis College Department of Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology) “Bunk Buddies: The Titillating Gamification of Toxic Masculinity.”
  • Jessica Ring (School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University)  “Re-Tooling the Sisterhood: Locating Feminist Socio-Technical Communities in Canadian Tinkerspaces.”
  • Ramey Newell (University of Colorado Boulder, Critical Media Practices) “’Insecta’: Filmic Discourse and Scientific Inquiry.”

3:30-4:15P: Workshops 1 + 2

  • Ivette Bayo Urban (Information School and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington). “Coming to a Digital Bill of Rights.”
  • Elizabeth Simpson (Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). “Mutual Aid Workshop: Building a Toolkit for Interdisciplinary Research.”

4:30-5:30P: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Max Liboiron, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) – “Critical Methods: Lessons from a Feminist Science and Technology Lab”

5:30-6:00P: Brainstorm + Wrap Up.


Many thanks to our co-sponsors:

The Learning to See Systems INTERSECT Group, The Graduate College, The Scholarly Commons

Beckman Institute, UIUC
College of Media, UIUC
College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC
School of Information Sciences, UIUC
Anthropology, UIUC
Art History Program – School of Art + Design, UIUC
Asian American Studies, UIUC
Center for Advanced Study, UIUC
Center for African Studies, UIUC
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UIUC
Center for Digital Inclusion, UIUC
Center for People + Infrastructure, UIUC
CU-Fab Lab, UIUC
Dance at Illinois, UIUC
Institute of Communications Research, UIUC
Lab for Evolutionary Endocrinology, UIUC
MakerSpace Urbana
Media and Cinema Studies Department, UIUC
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Culture + Society Thematic Area, UIUC
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, UIUC
University Libraries, UIUC
Urban Planning, UIUC