Fashioning Circuits - A Digital Bridges Workshop
Kim Knight is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her forthcoming book, Viral Structures in Literature and Media Studies: Networked Counterpublics and Participatory Capitalism, asks how digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity, for example as viral media circulates outside of broadcast paradigms and impacts members of a networked society. By connecting research and practice, her work blends traditional modes of scholarship with the creation of theoretically-informed media objects. Whether teaching classes in digital media theory, the shift from analog to digital textuality, viral media, wearable media, or race, class, gender, and sexuality in digital environments, Knight draws on this hybrid approach of theorizing and making. She is also the editor-in-chief for the blog The Spiral Dance and founder of the public humanities project Fashioning Circuits.
Fashioning Circuits combines scholarship and university coursework with community engagement to encourage underrepresented groups to overcome individual and social barriers to coding and making. It differs from many other “learn to code” initiatives by merging the cultural and social roles of the arts and humanities with attention to issues of diversity in STEM fields. Volunteers include current and past students and community members interested in empowering underrepresented groups. Past partner organizations include UT Dallas summer camps, Plano Public Libraries, and the Girl Scouts of America.
Lunch + Workshop
- 12:00 -1:00 pm - Lunch Discussion Professor Kimberly Knight offers an overview of Fashioning Circuits, including how it connects to her work as a humanist and how the project contributes to counterpublic formation. REGISTRATION REQUIRED/lunch provided
- 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Workshop: Fashioning Humanist Inquiry This half-day workshop includes a hands-on introduction to the hardware and software of the LilyPad Arduino, a wearable micro-computer. Participants will experiment with different peripheral components of the LilyPad, including lights and environmental sensors. The second half of the workshop will be devoted to connecting the LilyPad to the learning objectives of our humanities classrooms, as well building connections between teaching and public scholarship. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eaFi6Mdfc4YOH2d