“academia with this digital humanities push is rushing to catch up with centuries old practices of marginalized wmn / & really, academia made itself via the exclusion/delegitimizing of these kinda open grassroots scholarship practices. / now its ready to acknowledge them, but only via the approved bodies & positionalities.” ~ Twitter user @so_treu
The academic endeavor needs more non-white, non-heterosexual, non-able-bodied, non-cisgender, non-male voices. To assume the privileged perspective of the straight, white male has any deeper or more profound insight than that found in Black, Chicanx, Trans, First Nation, or LGBTQI communities is to snub one’s nose at the underlying ethos of intellectual inquiry. To assume knowledge is contained in just one place is to assume a limit to knowledge.
Critical Pedagogy, in particular, positions itself as a response to oppression, and as such some of the most powerful voices in Critical Pedagogy have risen out of marginalized communities. The work we’ve done at Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy has been not only inspired by the work of real struggle that came before us, but also built upon it. Hybrid Pedagogy, the journal, was started to give voice to those whose ideas, and whose communities of practice, had little or no platform within academia. For years, the journal has worked to sustain and even popularize a space where those voices could not just be heard, but could also contribute to and inspire a movement within the academy that might lend more agency to those oppressed by its bureaucracy, its less benign tendencies, its whiteness.
And yet over the years, we have remained very much at the center of this work. But, as I wrote for my keynote at the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2016 Institute,
There are not enough Chicana voices. There are not enough Black voices. There are not enough First Nation voices. There are not enough trans voices. There are not enough women’s voices. There are not enough queer voices.
Today, we are opening applications for fellowships at the 2017 Institute, which will be held August 7 – 11 in Fredericksburg, VA. Fellows at the 2017 Institute will be asked to lead a 75-minute workshop, to attend and contribute to one track, and to blog about their experiences. Each fellowship will include registration fees and a $1,000 stipend to defray the cost of travel and lodging.
We are offering these fellowships exclusively to people from communities underrepresented in academia. This is not as much an effort to “balance the scales” as it is an invitation to voices who are not heard from at other academic conferences. Digital Pedagogy Lab was built as a welcoming, affirming environment, a place where stories from all over academia could be told and heard. And we acknowledge that, in order to keep it that way, we must make an active effort to keep the doors open to those for whom doors are more often closed. Because this is what scholarly, pedagogical work should look like.
In past years, we’ve been able to offer four or five fellowships. This year, we have funds to offer six. If you or your organization would like to help support additional fellowships this year or next, you can contribute here or email me at email@example.com. (And watch for an announcement about tuition scholarships later this month.)
If you would like to apply for a fellowship to the 2017 Institute, the application is quick and easy. Applications will be evaluated by the 2017 team of instructors, and awarded before registration goes live at the end of January.
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