My summer has thus far been spent moving, with little time for web updates. But I have had two collaborative pieces come out in the past few months, and not yet got around to linking them here.
The first was a real first for me: co-writing with my romantic and domestic partner. We reviewed Volume 7 of Aqueduct Press’s WisCon Chronicles series, Shattering Ableist Narratives, for Disability Studies Quarterly. I edited Volume 6 in the series and WisCon is, as I’ve described here before, a home for me and a place where I find both community and significance for my work beyond my academic sphere. Disability studies is something that I have only recently been beginning to delve into, in part because of the focus on widening access and challenging ableism that I have seen over the years at WisCon. I’ve also been learning about it because it is the field within which my partner, Kathryn Wagner, is doing research in Clinical Psychology, so we thought that this review would be a fun way to explore the intersection of our scholarly work after she came with me to WisCon and experienced the convention first hand. It proved to be just that, and we hope to do more writing together in the future. For those who enjoy the review and the volume and want more WisCon, Volume Eight: Regenerating WisCon has just come out, edited by Rebecca Holden.
The second piece was part of a roundtable published by the online International Journal of Communication. I was invited by Henry Jenkins and Nick Couldry to join an illustrious line-up of media and communication scholars exploring “the Participatory Promise of Contemporary Culture and Politics,” in groupings organized around themes of creativity, labor, politics, knowledge and education, and platforms. I was part of the “politics” grouping, in the illustrious company of Danielle Allen, Nico Carpentier, Moya Bailey, Natalie Fenton, Henry Jenkins, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Mirko Tobias Schaefer, and Ramesh Srinivasan. I learned a lot from our dialogues about the uneven dynamics of participation as democratic political theory, utopia/dystopia, revolutionary and/or reactionary force; all of the roundtable’s segments are accessible and thought-provoking reads, and I recommend them highly.