Conceptualizing and Getting Through Data Mining with Rudimentary Technology (PDF)–Sex in the Texas Legislature

Working on research for looking at trends in the Texas Legislative Session Minutes to look for the legislating of sexuality, women’s reproductive health, age of consent… This session would be a teaching session to provide participants a view into the conceptualization of the first phases of the project, a chance to search through the pdfs of the Texas Legislative Records, and a view at the end result of the first phase of the data mining. Participants will want access to internet, Adobe Reader, and a spreadsheet program (preferably Xcel).

Session: Talk: Whose City Hall Is It?

Whose City Hall Is It?
000000">The purpose of this talk session is to engage workshop participants in a discussion about the city hall as a symbolic stage on which of civic life unfolds.  The talk session will be utilized to gather conceptual data that will be useful for advancing  a digital civic identity project focused on the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area.  Central to the project is an understanding of whether or not the idea of a physical “city hall” remains central to an engaged citizenry, providing a central location for activism and engagement.  From the monumental wedge of the Dallas City Hall to the informal ranch house of Denton’s City Hall, the more than 200 city halls of the DFW region provide a laboratory for exploring how citizens engage with and impact local policy.  This project  will map and catalog the city halls of each locality as a means of assessing both the efficiency of local government and, more abstractly, whether or not this myriad of city halls effectively represents an idealized civic identity or sense of place that allows diverse and authentic citizen engagement.
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Session: Make

I’d like to explore scalar as a platform for investigating the intersections of material feminisms, posthumanisms, feminist science studies, ecofeminisms, and other related difference feminisms with digital media.  If, as Haraway claims, we are all cyborgs (1985),  then what implications might this have for women and their interaction with nature and technology?  How might scalar offer a means of representing, understanding, exploring, and instigating discourse on feminism and technology, or feminism and media?  This would also allow for collaborative efforts in that others could post on the scalar website and discuss the questions, issues, and subjects raised by the scalar project.

Embed Code for Google Docs

The NMWS has created Google docs for all the sessions. We’ll use this embed code to put them on the site:

Here is the piece of code you will need:
<p><iframe src=”” width=”800″ height=”582″ frameborder=”0″></iframe></p>

Here is a video showing you how to do it:

If you want it to be an editable doc, when you click on the “Share” and “Anyone with the link” make sure you click on the option below to change “Can View” to “Can Edit.”

Try it out when you have a chance. Once you have done it a couple of times, you’ll be able to do it in less than a minute.

Play: Tele-pictionary

I use this game in my classes as an ice-breaker and as a way of introducing non-traditional heuristics (weird ways of coming up with creative ideas). It started out as a drinking game with friends, but I’ve found it transfers nicely to the classroom. If we need a break and want to all play a game, it’s a pretty easy one to set up. It’s all the fun of telephone and pictionary. Players alternate writing and drawing as they pass a stack of pages around the room. For example: I write “Go frogs!”. The person to my left tries to draw that. Maybe it’s a frog and an arrow. The next person looks only at the drawing and writes what they think it means. Maybe, leap frog. So on and so on. By the time it gets back to me, it’s usually pretty funny.

Teach: Adobe Muse Basics

I’ve been working extensively with Adobe Muse for the last year. I’m no master designer or anything, but I can get it to do just about anything I might need. I’d be happy to walk people through the basics if they’re interested.

Make: Kinetic Typography in Edge Animate

I’ve been teaching Edge Animate for a few years now. It’s the latest Adobe product for creating HTML5 native animations. Because it’s HTML5 native, it works on iPhones and allows for just about any javascript functionality you can think up. Also, there’s a free version that isn’t very restricted (use it forever, but it’s the old beta version so it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles).

I use a kinetic typography assignment in my classes to teach the basics of making animations and adding interactivity in Edge animate. It’s not terribly advanced. Edge is pretty easy to work with (at least compared to Flash, which it replaced). I’d be happy to share the assignment and teach it if people are interested.

Talk: Alt-scholarship as feminist writing

I’ve been working a lot on alt-scholarship like webtexts (Kairos, DHQ, Enculturation). I’ve always thought of it within the tradition of various avant-garde lineages. However, I recently realized how privileged and limited such a scope is (Sullivan 2012). At the same time, I’ve been teaching feminist theory in my classes. It occurred to me that alt-scholarship is pretty darn feminist in nature. It feels like Cixous’ L’ecriture feminine, Lorde’s body writing, and a lot like queering scholarship. This is a new thought to me (I know, it shouldn’t be), so I’m stepping carefully. I want to begin this conversation by asking if digital scholarship is inherently feminist. And if so, why is DH so not feminist (see Jamie Skye Bianco and others for this revelation)? In my own work, I want to figure out ways to remember the feminist push for embodied, non-linear writing without just stealing it for myself (I’m a white dude). So, that’s where I want to start, but for the most part, I want to shut up and listen. Thanks!

Make: Feminizing the American Art Frontier: Curating a Women and Gender Studies Digital Gallery

Using the online collections digitally published by The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, this session will ask each attendee to sift through online collections shared by The Amon Carter in Fort Worth. Together, we will pull what we consider to be the most feminist pieces, we will contemplate why, craft our accounts of these pieces separately and together in order to reproduce a feminist gallery to be presented online, and perhaps in-person to the education department of The Amon Carter.

Play: Flowing with Writing: Utilizing Contemplative Writing Pedagogies of Yoga to Achieve Clarity and Rethink The Body as Tools

Throughout the country, “Wring & Write Workshops” are cropping up to empower women to tell their stories. In higher education, contemplative writing pedagogy is on the rise as writing scholars, such as Christy Wenger and Carolina Mancuso, write about the body as it moves through the classroom, as it writes, and as it reaches greater insight through yoga. The stop, drop, and yoga approach to teaching is rather rogue, though, even after a few years of writing and practice. In this session, we will begin with very beginner, light yoga movements to warm up our bodies, our minds, we will write, we will flow with ideas and intentions, and we will discuss the insights we come to for having flowed into writing with our bodies.