schedule and abstracts

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Location: Norlin Library, N410
9:15am–9:45am Light breakfast*
9:45am–10:15am Opening remarks
10:15am–11:30am Session 1: Elizabeth Losh and Darren Wershler
11:30am–11:45am Coffee break and light refreshments*
11:45am–1:00pm Session 2: Ashley Baccus-Clark and Jacqueline Wernimont
1:00pm–2:15pm Lunch break (lunch not provided)
2:15pm–3:30pm Session 3: Tara McPherson and Marisa Parham
3:30pm–3:45pm Coffee break and light refreshments*
3:45pm–5:00pm Session 4: Ingrid Burrington and Max Liboiron
5:00pm–5:05pm Brief closing remarks

Thursday April 18, 2019

Location: Beginning at Norlin Library N410, then at each lab’s location starting at 10:30am
9:15am-9:40am Light breakfast*
9:40am-9:45am Brief welcome
9:45am–10:15am Lab talks: Thea Lindquist on CRDDS, Erin Espelie/Tara Knight on NEST
10:15am–10:30am Walk to MAL (1320 Grandview Ave, lower level)
10:30am–11:10am MAL tour and Lori Emerson / Maya Livio talk
11:10am–11:25am Walk to ATLAS (1125 18th St.)
11:25am–11:45am Break / Pekoe Sip House if you wish
11:45am–12:15pm Unstable Design Lab tour / Laura Devendorf talk (207 Atlas)
12:15pm–12:25pm Walk to BTU (113 Atlas)
12:25-12:55pm BTU tour / libi striegl talk

*vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free options will be available.

Session 1 Abstracts

Elizabeth Losh, “Hacking Academic Selves: The Equality Lab at William and Mary”: The Equality Lab provides an environment to foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research by using digital tools to answer fundamental questions about the nature of equality across many different domains. It recognizes that the concept of equality itself presents us with a contested and volatile term that urges testing, experimenting, tinkering, and questioning among members of research communities. It seeks to build an active and engaged cohort among undergraduate and graduate students by gathering student researchers interested in understanding the historical, philosophical, legal, religious, aesthetic, rhetorical, or technological features of longstanding inequities, patterns of privilege, or domination of oppressed peoples and creates a space to ask big questions about how equality has been defined in different places at different times in history and study how equality (and inequality) can be represented in scholarly works by mapping, digging, and tracing the available data from aggregated surveys, interviews, field notes, maps, and other sources that can be mined for information, as well as digital corpora and archives.

Darren Wershler, “Home Economics and the Extended Laboratory”: Labs are far more than walls, equipment, infrastructure and people. They are shaped by cultural policy, and they reshape that policy in turn. In addition to scientific discovery, then, labs produce new kinds of citizens with new relationships to cultural industry. “Home Economics and the Extended Laboratory” recounts some of the ways in which Home Economics labs on the Canadian prairies were directly involved in Canadian agricultural policy and industry for the entire 20th century.

Session 2 Abstracts

Ashley Baccus-Clark, “What Role Does Immersive Storytelling Play in the Exploration of Black Speculative Futures?”: Using the framework of science, critical investigation, and speculative design, we’ve created a transdisciplinary lab to help us imagine new futures.

Jacqueline Wernimont, “From Lab to Cooperative: A Feminist Infrastructural Reimagining” (in collaboration with Nikki Stevens): This talk thinks about how cooperative models of labor, credit, and organizing can help to reimagine the lab model utilized in both the sciences and, increasingly, digital humanities.

Session 3 Abstracts

Tara McPherson, “Designing While Feminist”: This talk will discuss the collaborative work of the Vectors’ team through many years of digital design and also talk about the team’s current location with USC’s libraries. It will discuss both the possibilities and the difficulties of conceptualizing software and digital projects motivated by feminist intent.

Marisa Parham, “Everything New Is”: This presentation will offer a meditation on how we critique and navigate the real problem of wanting to make new things with old structures. What is the work that “gets done” in a lab, and how might feminist approaches help us set evaluate our goals for such structures?

Session 4 Abstracts

Ingrid Burrington, “Scamming for Radicals”: This talk will address the challenges of politically engaged labs as housed in or funded by large institutions and/or corporations, the limits of attempting critique entirely from a so-called outside, and the subtle art of scamming for collective liberation.

Max Liboiron, “How to Titrate Like a Feminist”: More than just a women-run lab, Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) is a marine science lab that incorporates the values of equity and humility into every aspect of our scientific and technological research, including how we design and share technology, how we aim to make science place-based, how we determine author order in academic papers, how we share data, and who should be part of “peer review. ” Dr. Max Liboiron, Director of CLEAR, will share some of the methodologies and challenges of conducting feminist science.