Activated: Decentering activism in and with academia

Minha Lee, Débora de Castro Leal, Max Krüger, Angelika Strohmayer, Cristina Zaga

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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 "publish or perish" culture. This workshop explores what activism means within the CSCW community and how we can remain activated while harboring doubts and hopes in calling ourselves "activists".
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW '21
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion Publication of the 2021 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
EditorsJeremy Birnholtz, Luigina Ciolfi, Sharon Ding, Susan Fussell, Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Sean Munson, Irina Shklovski, Mor Naaman
Place of PublicationNew York, US
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450384797
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

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Duration: 23 Oct 202127 Oct 2021



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