CSCA 2023 – Technology and Identity

On Thursday, March 30th, I will be serving as a respondent on a panel presenting graduate student papers from students in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program in the department of Humanities at Michigan Tech.

Sponsor: Communication & Technology Interest Group
Chair: Stefka Hristova, Michigan Technological University
Respondent: Jason Archer, Michigan Technological University

“Algorithmizing Identities and Experiences of Twitter and Facebook Users in Africa” Eugene
Agyei, Michigan Technological University
“Digital Justice: Vernacular of Complaints on Police and Criminal Allegations in the United States”
Ayodele James Akinola, Michigan Technological University
“Identity-first Versus Person-first Language Within Disability Dialogue” Riley Powers, Michigan
Technological University
“Redefining the Classroom: How Metonymy Engages Students Further in Postsecondary Writing
Pedagogy” Tucker Nielsen, Michigan Technological University
“TikTok and Queer Youth Identity” Nila McGinnis, Michigan Technological University
This panel addresses ways that technology articulates social identity – specifically around notions
of ability. Papers explore different sociotechnical and symbolic formations of marginalized identity
related to queerness, victims of the criminal justice system, the classroom, and mobility. Papers
address these issues from digital and global perspectives, including TikTok, African contexts, and
transnational experiences – attempting to show how groups often treated as disabled and further
marginalized by normative discourses, strategically operate with technology to reshape identity.

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