Even as we are cognizant of — and sometimes reinforce — a perceived separation between humanities disciplines and STEM and technical training, humanists (like many people) engage with technology on a daily basis. Our research, teaching, and administrative labor are necessarily embedded within a landscape of large-scale data production and consumption, as are our students’ personal and professional lives.
In this webinar, we will consider strategies for critically and explicitly exploring this entanglement in the classroom. What might it look like to bring methodologies fostered by humanities training (such as critical reading and attention to narrative) to the discussion of tech and data praxes, even in “traditional” humanities courses? How might we resist the narrative that graduate students and faculty in humanities disciplines are ill-equipped to facilitate learning in technology and computing?
We will focus on three actionable strategies that create space for learners to contextualize and thoughtfully engage their own relationships with technology by deploying humanities skills: (1) historiography and media archaeology; (2) auto-ethnography; and (3) entity relationship exploration, or the critical interrogation and defamiliarization of how we model information. Informed by feminist, indigenous, and critical race studies approaches to media and information, these pedagogical models offer a few ways for educators and their students to imagine the humanities as inextricable from training in and the practice of other disciplines, within and beyond the university.
Grace Afsari-Mamagani is a project manager, learning experience designer, and doctoral candidate in English at NYU. Her dissertation investigates contemporary multi-ethnic literature as a site for theorizing justice-oriented digital interface design, especially in the context of educational technology. She also manages curriculum design and community engagement at Teknikio, a Brooklyn-based ed tech company specializing in STEAM learning products that teach circuitry, programming, and systems design alongside creativity and critical thinking.
This will be the twelfth of a series of HASTAC Webinars that will run through the end of the summer. In this series, HASTAC Scholars will facilitate 45-minute webinars on topics ranging from Interview Prep or Blog Posting to Networking, Personal Statements, and Pedagogy Strategies for Adjuncts.
Call-in details and link for the webinar are below.
Topic: HASTAC Scholars Digital Fridays
Time: Mar 13, 2020 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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