Conference Feminist Digital Pedagogies (January 23-24)

Feminist Digital PedagogiesFeminist Digital Pedagogies

Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 23, Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, 4th floor


1:00 – 2:30 Crowdsourcing the Best Digital Humanities Scholarship: Experimenting with #DHThis -- Adeline Koh

2:45 – 3:30 Engaging Students across the Disciplines in Feminist Dialogues on Technology: Lessons, Challenges, Successes -- Karen Alexander, Katherine Li, Megan McCarron-Haber, Elaine Zundl

3:45 – 5:15 ReImagining the Promise of Network Learning: A Report on FemTechNet's DOCC on Feminism and Technology -- Anne Balsamo and Alex Juhasz

5:15 – 6:00 Reception


Friday, January 24, Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, First Floor Conference Room

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 Activist Learning in the Digital Classroom:

Feminist Coalitions in Unlikely Places: Movement-Building Capacities of the Online Classroom -- Kelly Coogan-Gehr

Rethinking Pedagogy and Power in the Disembodied Classroom -- Chrisy Moutsatsos

Beyond the Logic of Division: The Online Classroom as a Locus of Inter-generational Interdependence -- Heidi Hoechst

10:00 – 11:00 Flipd with Sesh Venugopal

11:15 – 1:15 The Rewriting Wikipedia Project -- Adeline Koh

1:15 – 2:00 Box lunch

2:00 – 4:00 Percussive Pedagogies: Teaching (And Being Taught) Feminism in Digital Spaces

Crunk Feminist Collective: Robin Boylorn, Brittney Cooper, Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Susana M. Morris, Eesha Pandit


For a free box lunch on Friday, please rsvp to Susana Galan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan 17.

On Thursday, visitors to campus may park in Lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits.

On Friday, visitors may use Lots 74A & Douglass Deck without permits.




Participant Bios

Karen Alexander is Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs at Douglass Residential College. Her PhD from the University of London is in contemporary American writing. Formerly Senior Editor at Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, she co-founded the online publication Films for the Feminist Classroom. Her research interests include feminist art and media and the role of technology in the changing landscape of academic publishing and scholarship.

Anne Balsamo is Professor and Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. A groundbreaking national leader in media studies, a scholar and media-maker whose work links cultural studies, digital humanities, and interactive media, Dr. Balsamo received her PhD in Communications Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began her faculty career in the School of Literature, Culture, and Communications at Georgia Tech, where she published a distinguished book about the cultural implications of emergent biotechnologies, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women. In 1999, having grown interested in the practical linkages between technology and culture, she accepted an offer to join the celebrated Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), collaborating in the design of media for reading, exhibition, public art, and cultural projects. In 2003, Dr. Balsamo moved from Silicon Valley to USC, where she had been jointly appointed in the Annenberg School of Communications and the School of Cinematic Arts. She directed the Collaborative Design Lab within the Interactive Design Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. She has been a leader in the growth of digital humanities nationally, serving on the Advisory Board of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Co-laboratory) since its founding in 2003. In 2011, she published Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work, a transmedia book (with accompanying DVD and web linkages to interactive media projects) that synthesizes and theorizes the links between her cultural studies scholarship and digital media projects.

Robin M. Boylorn is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at The University of Alabama.  Her first book Sweetwater:  Black Women and Narratives of Resilience (Peter Lang, 2013) received the inaugural Bud Goodall & Nick Trujillo "It's A Way of Life" Award for Excellence in Narrative Ethnography and the 2013 Book of the Year Award by the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.  She is co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life (Left Coast Press, 2014).  Her work focuses on issues of diversity and social identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender/sex.  Her work offers social and cultural critiques of representations of black women utilizing her personal lived experiences and creative and performative writing.

Kelly Coogan-Gehr is an Educator for the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy of the National Nurses United.  She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Duke University and her PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her scholarly publications complicate existing histories of academic feminism and women’s studies by developing alternative accounts of feminist field formation.  For her scholarship, Coogan-Gehr was named an Exemplary Diversity Scholar by the National Center for Institutional Diversity. She currently teaches continuing education classes for nurses on the relationship among the environment, health, and the economy and on the relationship between nursing and the global economy. She has taught feminist pedagogies, feminist theories and methodologies, and critical race feminisms at Rutgers University and Eastern Washington University where she was awarded the Jeffers Chertok Dean’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentorship two years in a row.

Brittney C. Cooper is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective. She received her Ph.D. from Emory in 2009 and spends her days as Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University where she specializes in Black Feminist Thought, Black Women’s Intellectual History, Hip Hop Studies, and Digital Feminisms. Crunktastic is most well-known for calling folks on their racist and sexist B.S. in her impassioned posts about gender politics in and among the Hip Hop Generation, convergences of faith and feminism, dating while feminist, and contemporary feminist movements.  She recently completed her first book, Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition.   Dr. Cooper is a weekly contributor at and was also named to The Root 100 for 2013, an annual list of Top Black Influencers featured at Follow her on Twitter @ProfessorCrunk.

Sheri Davis-Faulkner is an interdisciplinary scholar working in College of the Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology to develop University-community partnerships in West Atlanta.  Davis-Faulkner received her PhD in 2012 from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University.  An Atlanta native, she currently works across higher education institutions in Atlanta to advance coordinated engagement and accountability that enhances the educational landscape of youth and students in adjacent communities.  In addition to teaching a Poverty and Social Justice course at Spelman College, she has also taught Women’s Studies, American Studies, and Visual Culture courses at Clark Atlanta University and Emory University.  Beyond the academy Davis-Faulkner works with environmentalists and direct service health organizations to engage college students and local youth in community building as agents of change. Her research interests are feminist media studies, corporate body politics, food and environmental literacy as public health interventions, black feminist literature for social justice, labor rights, and digital literacy. Sheri is passionately committed to partnership with Treston Davis-Faulkner, her crunk feminist husband, and parenting Na’im Faulkner, her fire+Leo six-year-old son.  She spends her time planning school events with the Parent Teacher Student Association as well as playing basketball and chess, hiking at our Nature Trail, baking sweet potato waffles, watching Wild Kratz and wild animal nature shows, being on picket lines, and practicing capoeira with her boys.

Heidi Hoechst is an Educator at the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy of the National Nurses United.  Hoechst received a B.A. in Women’s Studies and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris, an M.A. in Literatures in English and Ph.D. in U.S. Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego.  Her research has focused on the cumulative racializing impacts of speculative bubbles and panics from 19th century indigenous land and slave markets through the 21st century housing crisis.  Hoechst has taught in Women’s, Gender, Feminist, Sexuality, Critical Race, Critical Legal, Cultural, and American Studies as well as English and Literature for National Nurses United; Tulane University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; Auburn State Correctional Facility; the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, San Diego.  She has been recognized as an Outstanding Faculty member, Exemplary National Diversity Scholar, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.   Her soul as an activist intellectual has been sustained by the creativity and critical thinking of students, activists and workers who collaborate in her classes from widely diverse backgrounds, locations and learning experiences to challenge systemic inequality and injustice.

Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College in California. She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and has taught courses at NYU, Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College, on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film. Dr. Juhasz has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on online feminist pedagogy, YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media. Dr. Juhasz produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education. Her first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) is about the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth. Her second book comprises transcribed interviews from her documentary about feminist film history, Women of Vision, with accompanying introductions (Minnesota University Press). Her third book, F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, was co-edited with Jesse Lerner, from the University of Minnesota Press. Dr. Juhasz's innovative "video-book," Learning from YouTube (2011), is recently published by the MIT Press. Her earlier digital effort is Media Praxis: A Radical Web-Site Integrating Theory, Practice and Politics. She blogs on this and other projects at

Adeline Koh is Director of DH@Stockton and assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th Century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. Koh directs Digitizing 'Chinese Englishmen,' a digital archival project on 19th century 'Asian Victorians' in Southeast Asia, and The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, an online magazine of postcolonial studies. She is the designer of Trading Races, an elaborate historical role playing game designed to teach race consciousness in the undergraduate classroom, and runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Roopika Risam. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has held a Duke University Humanities Writ Large Fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore.

Katherine Li is a senior at Douglass College, Rutgers Univesity double majoring in Visual Art and Information Technology and Informatics. She is an avid participant in Douglass Residential College’s inaugural DOCC on Race, Gender, and Technology.

Megan McCarron-Haber is a junior at Douglass College, Rutgers University majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in International and Global Studies. She is an avid participant in Douglass Residential College’s inaugural DOCC on Race, Gender, and Technology.

Chrisy Moutsatsos is an Educator for the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy of the National Nurses United. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine, in Social Science with an emphasis in Women’s Studies in 2001. Her dissertation, Transnational Beauty Culture and Local Bodies: An Ethnographic Account of Consumption and Identity in Urban Greece, received the John O. Iatrides Best Dissertation Award by the Modern Greek Studies Association, in 2003, and in 2001 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. Her publications offer a critical examination of the ways in which neoliberal globalization shapes gendered subjectivity in the context of print advertisements, direct marketing, and consumption in the U.S. and the European Union. Her broader research interests include women’s health and the relationships among gender, labor, health, and globalization. She has over twenty years of experience teaching courses in gender and sexuality studies, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies at small and large teaching institutions, such as UC Irvine, Scripps College, and Iowa State University.

Susana M. Morris is co-founder of the CFC and a contributing writer on the blog.  She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and is currently an associate professor of English at Auburn University, where she teaches African American literature. Her book project, Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature, is forthcoming on the University of Virginia Press in February 2014. Writing as Crunkadelic on the CFC blog, she covers a range of topics such as politics, self-care, sizeism, and reality TV, often irreverently.  Her iPod has a mix of all types of soul music, with a smattering of Dolly Parton and Florida booty music, and her DVR is filled with episodes of Parks and Rec and the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter @iamcrunkadelic, where she shares random thoughts, feminist musings, and obnoxiously live tweets during Scandal.

Eesha Pandit is a writer and activist who believes in social justice movements, the power of intersectionality, feminism, sisterhood and the power of art. Her writing can be found here at The Crunk Feminist Collective, The Nation, Feministing, Salon, RH Reality Check, Feministe and In These Times. She has also appeared on numerous TV news outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Grit TV with Laura Flanders. She most recently worked as Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women. She’s also served as as Women’s Rights Manager at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization. At Breakthrough Eesha worked on the Bell Bajao! (Ring the Bell!) Campaign that asks men and boys to take action, get involved and help end violence against women. Previously, Eesha served as Director of Advocacy at Raising Women’s Voices (RWV). RWV is a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action. Eesha has also served as Associate Director of Programs at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College where she coordinated the organization’s New Leadership Networking Initiative and the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps. She’s worked with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, and Amnesty International USA’s Women’s Rights Program. Eesha currently serves on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. You can follow her on Twitter at @EeshaP.

Sesh Venugopal is Director of Introductory Undergraduate Education in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Rutgers and his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. His doctoral research focused on Supercomputing: developing scalable algorithms for sparse matrix computations. Dr. Venugopal is the founding director of the Computer Science Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP), and the principal liaison for industry relationships. He is also the faculty advisor to the student clubs USACS and RuMAD, and is on the faculty of Rutgers Advanced Technology Extension (RATE). In 2010, he received the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Elaine Zundl is the Dean of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering at Douglass Residential College. Currently, she develops programs to recruit and retain women and minorities in science, technology and engineering fields where they remain underrepresented. Her main interest is in integrating gender into research content and methods as a way to improve outcomes and lead to greater diversity in STEM.

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