Workshop on Academic Identity and Online Reputation with Elizabeth Losh

September 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
3154 and 3222 Angell Hall

This session focuses on best practices for creating and maintaining a scholarly digital persona and discusses different models for designing an effective digital dossier that may include blogging, using social network sites, and curating mobile microblogging streams.  Although sometimes perceived of as ephemeral or outside the purview of conventional academic norms, an effective scholarly digital persona often merges the personal and political.  

How can social media channels be used to narrowcast your research to useful potential audiences in academia and facilitate geographically distributed collaboration around rapidly developing research topics?  What are the norms about negotiating power differentials both with students and with senior faculty?  How can you protect yourself against potential online abuse?  What are the best strategies for translating the online grey literature that you may generate into peer-reviewed print publications?

It uses ideas about DIY publishing and academic branding from MICA professor Ellen Lupton and UC Irvine professor Julia Lupton and will help more advanced participants consider how to create an integrated website as the main portal of an online academic presence.  

Dinner will be served!

Elizabeth Losh is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at William and Mary with a specialization in New Media Ecologies.  Before coming to William and Mary, she directed the Culture, Art, and Technology Program at the University of California, San Diego.  She is a core member and former co-facilitator of the feminist technology collective FemTechNet, which offers a Distributed Open Collaborative Course, steering committee member of HASTAC, and part of the organizing team of The Selfie Course. She is the is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander.