A science fiction double feature:
First, I’ll be soaking in the sights over the next week at South by Southwest (particularly Interactive) here in Austin. I’ll be primarily attending sessions most closely related to my developing research topic, gender-based online harassment (in social media). I’m especially looking forward to seeing Allyson Kapin, Emily May, Katherine Cross, and Rinku Sen at “Sex, Lies, and the Internet” and Christopher Gandin Lee, David Tuck, Emily Lindin, and Jamia Wilson at “Feels X Gains: Emotions, Masculinity, and Support.”
I’ll also be trying to catch some other great SXSW events around various diversity and ethics in IT and Tech. (Like “Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech” with Rev. Jesse Jackson and “Technicians of the New Sacred: The New Native Apps” with, among others, Lauren Chief Elk of the Save Wiyabi project.) Because diversity just never goes out of style, really.
And maybe I’ll even squeeze in some cool gaming stuff at the gaming expo & sessions.
For my next act, I’ll be a bit more actively involved: attending this year’s iConference in (hopefully) sunny Newport Beach the following week. I’ll be both presenting a poster (Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action) and jointly leading a “conversation” session (21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?).
The poster will be a great opportunity to get some feedback on my developing research design and projected project, based on my existing literature review and a recent grant proposal. The session should be a lively conversation based on some of the qualitative results of our large survey of various types of information workers, mostly graduates of our iSchool–my section of the survey dealt with social media professionals or other informational workers who use social media as part of their job.
I’m also super excited to be participating in the all-day workshop on “Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality with Social Media Data.” (That was not sarcasm, although “all-day workshop” may sound like hell itself to some people.) I should get a great level-up on both my methodological skills and theoretical/critical approach and I can’t wait to “help build a community of researchers working on issues of gender, race, and/or sexuality within the information sciences.”
So that’s my next two weeks, overflowing. How’s yours?