Free Virtual Workshop on Friday 5/15 on WordPress for Digital Humanists

The Digital Scholarship Center’s DREAM lab at the University Oregon will host the first of three workshops on WordPress for Digital Humanists on Friday, May 15 from 2-4. The workshop will focus on setting up website infrastructure. No experience with WordPress is necessary! For information or to register for the event visit the DSC website.

Call for participation: Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media at HICSS-54

The Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS-54) is currently accepting paper proposals for the 2021 conference. The Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media minitrack seeks both empirical studies and theory-building papers. Theoretical papers should engage with or trouble foundational ideas, paradigms, and methods from realms such as technology studies and media studies. Empirical papers should draw on original studies of digital and social media that illustrate critical or ethical dimensions. Full paper submissions are due on June 15, 2020 by midnight HST (revised final manuscripts will be due September 22, 2020).

Please see the official minitrack CFP for more information, and feel free to contact the minitrack co-chairs Tonia Sutherland (, T.L. Cowan (, Jas Rault (, and Kishonna Gray ( with any general questions, ideas, concerns, questions about alternate submission parameters, and/or problems with submitting your paper by the June 15th deadline.

Please know that the organizers are very sensitive to the realities of Covid-19 and are working with reviewers and conference organizers to allow for the most generous approach to our minitrack possible. They are also sensitive to the concerns of the local community in Hawaiʻi and are actively engaging conversations about how to best proceed with our minitrack while minimizing potential harm to island residents.

SOJC’s “What Is Information?” Conference

Coming up this weekend (starting tonight in fact!) is the SOJC’s annual “What Is…?” conference that is always of interest to the NMCC community. The event is free and open to everyone in the UO community. Check it out for a little bit of isolation relief.


This year’s theme and conference title is What is Information?



What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The cyberconference will consider information and its transformational effects and affects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; from differential equations to physical information; and from volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity to collective intelligence and wisdom.


This conference is free and open to all UO affiliates.  Please click on the registration link ( to join a waitlist so you can be verified by conference organizers before receiving the link for the virtual sessions.


… and a special thanks to Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz for their quick work in porting the annual conference to an online format this year!

A Successful 2nd Annual Data/Media/Digital Graduate Symposium!

Thank you everyone for a successful second annual Data/Media/Digital Graduate Symposium! Last Friday, February 28th, eight graduate students from five different departments presented work covering an array of topics that showed the amazing scope of research being done at UO on digital media and technology. A special thanks to our presenters Bailey Hilgren (Environmental Studies), Brandon Harris (Media Studies), Shiloh Deitz (Geography), Teresa Caprioglio (Media Studies), Mary McLevey (Philosophy), Spencer Cherasia (Media Studies), Valérie Simon (Philosophy), Gabriela Chitwood (History of Art and Architecture), and Patrick Jones (Media Studies).

Our thanks also go out to our co-organizers at UO Digital Humanities and the School of Journalism and Communication, as well as to our faculty presenters Max Foxman (Media Studies) and Ramón Alvarado (Philosophy), and our hosts at the Digital Scholarship Center.

Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Dr. Margaret Cohen on Thursday, February 27

Please attend Professor Margaret Cohen’s talk, “Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” on Thursday, February 27 from 12-2 pm in the Knight Browsing Room.

Professor Cohen is Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford University. She also directs Stanford’s Center for the Study of the Novel.

She is the author of two prize-winners: The Sentimental Education of the Novel and The Novel and The Sea. Professor Cohen’s forthcoming book Underwater Eye deals with the history of cinema shot underwater. She is editing a multivolume Cultural History of the Sea forthcoming with Bloomsbury Press.

Her visit takes place under the auspices of Dr. Fabienne Moore’s new course, FR 460/560: Law and Empire of the Seas. Dr. Moore, an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages, developed the course with the support of an Oregon Humanities Center 2019-20 Sherl K. Coleman and Margaret E. Guitteau Teaching Professorship.

Feb 27 Book Talk: How We Became Our Data

Join Us for a Public Book Talk on:

How We Became Our Data

by NMCC Director & Assoc. Prof. Colin Koopman


Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.
110 Knight Law Center on the UO Campus
1515 Agate St.

In his book How We Became Our Data, UO philosophy professor Colin Koopman excavates early moments of our rapidly accelerating data-tracking technologies and their consequences for how we think of and express our selfhood today. Koopman explores the emergence of mass-scale record keeping systems like birth certificates and social security numbers, as well as new data techniques for categorizing personality traits, measuring intelligence, and even racializing subjects. This all culminates in what Koopman calls the “informational power” we are all now subject to.


Colin Koopman is associate professor of philosophy and director of the New Media & Culture Program at the University of Oregon. His previous books include Pragmatism as Transition: Historicity and Hope in James, Dewey, and Rorty (2009); Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity (2013). His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times and Aeon as well as in academic journals such as Critical Inquiry, Contemporary Political Theory, Diacritics, and New Media & Society.


This event is presented by the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Governance. Cosponsored by the UO Department of Philosophy and UO Data Science Initiative.

“Beyond Buzzwords: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society”: the 2019-2020 Cressman lecture with Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Dr Ruha Benjamin will deliver the 2019-2020 Cressman Lecture, entitled “Beyond Buzzwords: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society,” on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The First United Methodist Church is located at  1376 Olive Street.

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Professor Ruha Benjamin presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity: by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies, by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions, or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. We will also consider how race itself is a kind of tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends. This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.

Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine, race and citizenship, knowledge and power. She is also the founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Information Technology PolicyProgram on History of ScienceCenter for Health and WellbeingProgram on Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Department of Sociology. She serves on the Executive Committees for the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and Center for Digital Humanities.

Benjamin’s first book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013), investigates the social dimensions of stem cell science with a particular focus on the passage and implementation of a “right to research” codified in California. Her second book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity 2019) examines the relationship between machine bias and systemic racism, analyzing specific cases of “discriminatory design” and offering tools for a socially-conscious approach to tech development.

2019 Fall Shelfie: Valérie Simon


Valérie is a third year PhD student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon. Her education includes a BA in Philosophy and Women’s Studies (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Her work situates itself at the intersection of phenomenology, philosophy of technology and sexuality studies and is focused on questions that relate to queer and lesbian history, activism and archival practices.

After discovering the New Media and Culture Certificate program during the graduate student orientation week, Valérie joined the NMCC program during her first year at the UO in 2017. Now in her third year in the program, Valérie, looking back, can say that she joined because she is interested in two interrelated questions. First, the use of technologies for social change especially as exemplified by the Lesbian Avengers, a direct action group founded in 1992 in New York City focused on issues of lesbian visibility and survival. Second, because she is interested in the ways in which queer and lesbian history and archives are mobilized to give coherence to queer and lesbian communities formed by different identities, experiences and histories.

Moving forward, Valérie is interested in examining different approaches that focus on technologies in terms of their materiality and their associated practices to explore modes of political action that engage and take up the technologies that transform our lives and worlds.


“Xenofeminism A Politics for Alienation” by Laboria Cuboniks (

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simone Browne

The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy by Edmund Husserl

Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real by Bernhard Siegert

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell

Oversight: Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics by Viviane Namaste

“A World of Shame: Time, Belonging, and Social Media” by Yasmin Nair

“A Manifesto” by Yasmin Nair

“Why is ‘LeftTube’ So White?” by Kat Blaque

“Pewdiepie and The Rebranding of White Nationalism” by Kat Blaque

“The History of Monetization, Demonetization and How it Changed Youtube” by Kat Blaque

The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye (movie)