Activated: Decentering activism in and with academia

Lee, Minha, de Castro Leal, Débora, Krüger, Max, Strohmayer, Angelika and Zaga, Cristina (2021) Activated: Decentering activism in and with academia. In: 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 23rd - 27th October 2021, Online. (In Press)

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Abstract

Who is an activist? With the advent of activism-related scholarship in HCI and CSCW, the current challenge involves thinking about what activism is, who an activist is, and the opportunities and limitations of activism. Recently, researchers in academia and industry, such as Timnit Gebru, demonstrate a commitment to stay activated for the structural changes we need, for example, diverse and inclusive scholarship, to address overlapping problems, e.g., sexism, racism, and tokenism. Additionally, there is a continuing dominance of Western, formally educated, industrialized, rich and democratic (WEIRD) perspectives. Countering this requires collective efforts in, citational justice and decolonial computing, among others. But such complex issues do not yet cover the inner conflicts that we face, such as mental health struggles while dismantling the prejudices stemming from the ivory tower, locating our privileges as academics while traversing less privileged locales of research sites, or the dilemmas on whether we are doing enough to fulfill our responsibilities to the people who have trusted us enough to work with us in the face of

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism, collective action, social justice, academia
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 13:43
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 13:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46893

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