I like the relative anonymity of the current blog format — seeing ideas for sessions without knowing who proposed them (unless I look in the WordPress dashboard). And I know that identity is a sensitive and challenging issue, in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and in terms of academic pursuits for those who are affiliated with institutions/companies where digital humanities work is seen as less scholarly.
I’m also curious, and would like to know more about people’s interests — even before we meet on Saturday. When I asked about an introductions post, Jentery mentioned that almost 30% of the registrants requested that their info remain private. I don’t want to tread on anyone’s boundaries, and so I thought I’d make this post and invite people to comment and introduce themselves and their interests according to their own preferences.
I do have an idea for a session on practical issues regarding identity and technology in the classroom, i.e. integrating materials on anonymity/pseudonymity, public/private identities, and social justice into classes of any/all disciplines. But my idea is still so fuzzy that I haven’t posted it yet, and it comes down to being curious about how other people include social justice/identity issues units in their pedagogy. (At the same time, I’m wrestling with questions about how we handle identity among ourselves (and how we can handle it better) in the communities of ed/tech and academia, and at gatherings like THATCamp.)
Assuming that I manage to come up with a slightly more expansive proposal, I’ll say more about that in its own post.
Anyway: hi! Please feel free to comment below to introduce yourself as you see fit, or not.