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What is #SummerSchool?

#SummerSchool is a free, online, interdisciplinary conference for the Fediverse, informally hosted by the instance Scholar Social but open to the rest of the Fedi. Its goals are to:

  • provide scholars with a venue of talking about our work when so much has been canceled and we need feedback,
  • provide all of the Fediverse knowledge and insight from people of multiple backgrounds, and
  • carry forward the ethics of Scholar Social, which is that knowledge should be free and accessible to all.

The admin and moderators of Scholar Social, as well as the organizers of #SummerSchool make no claim to ownership over presentation media posted below (slides, recordings, transcripts, etc.) that have been provided by our presenters, and publish them here with their permission. Any relevant copyright belongs to the presenter.

#SummerSchool 2020 (July 26 - August 8)


Date Presenter Handle Topic Media
2020-08-09 Rusty Demick (he/they) @rusty@scholar.social "'Translation as Anti-Neocolonial Mode': Don Mee Choi's 'DMZ Colony'": Choi's 2020 poetry collection uses translation as a method & metaphor for exploring the aftermath of the U.S.-Korean conflict, observing how narratives break apart & new ones are revealed through acts of translation. In this short talk, I wish to show how Choi's focus on translation's slippages can help construct a poetry that take on 21st-century neocolonial formations. Transcript (Write.as)
2020-07-26 Z (he/him) @zx@mastodon.xyz A lively demo of modern program synthesis tools to give a feel for what we can do these days.  
2020-07-27 Riley Valentine MA PhD Candidate (they/them) @Cyborgneticz@scholar.social A brief history of neoliberalism. The presentation will discuss classical liberalism, natural liberalism, and social liberalism. Recording (MP4)
2020-07-28 Josh Castle (he/him) @jrc03c@merveilles.town GuidedTrack (https://www.guidedtrack.com/) is a tool for making forms, quizzes, polls, surveys, and simple web applications. It's easy enough to use that people with no programming background can use it, but it's also flexible and powerful enough to provide advanced functionality to developers with programming experience. In this presentation, I'll give a quick crash course on how to use it! Recording (MP4)
2020-07-28 Ben Klemens (he/him) @b@xoxo.zone Why a monolithic patent law can't be applied to all inventions. Recording (MP4)
2020-07-29 Blake C. Stacey (he/him) @bstacey@icosahedron.website What's the deep lesson of quantum mechanics, and how would we know it if we saw it? I will rush in where angels fear to tread and try to explain an ongoing research program to find out. Slides (PDF) Recording (MP4)
2020-07-29 Kat Lucas-Healey (she/her) @KatLH@scholar.social I will give a short history of how scientists determined the "correct" temperature settings for heaters and air conditioners, discuss the problems this causes for people and the climate. It will be more interesting than it sounds, I promise Recording (MP4)
2020-07-30 Artist Marcia X (they) @CaribenxMarciaX@scholar.social, @ArtistMarciaX@playvicious.social Thesis Abstract: This research project primarily focuses on how to confront architectural and colonial symbols of the state’s power through Afro- Indigenous spiritual markers and performance.This essay begins with questions about my own reality in the Diaspora and the existential, cultural crisis that arises in myself due to structural racism and misogyny. Moving forward, an effort in understanding how this crisis comes to fruition, I contextualize race from a primarily Latin American and Hispano-Caribbean perspective, then to an understanding of the controlling images that affect the material reality of Black women’s lives in the present day. Subsequently, I reference Black women’s artistic practice across material and form from varying geographical locations in the diaspora in order to understand how to develop my own practice within these themes. Their works are analyzed through a hermeneutic circle that centers intesectionality in order to be precise about race, gender and ethnicity and how these factors affect the readings and histories behind the works. Lastly, my own practice and questions are documented, all which lead to my own performance work in direct response to a monument building with a direct history to Puerto Rico’s colonial history. Slides (PDF)
2020-07-30 Sean Manning (he/him) @bookandswordblog@scholar.social One king, many tongues: languages and the study of the Achaemenid Empire  
2020-07-31 T Williams (they/them) @TeethTeethTeeth@mastodon.social Grounded Normativity / Place Based Solidarity by Coulthard and Simpson and road salt by Leanne Simpson both describe how Indigeneity is threatened by settler colonialism’s attempts to sever the relationship between Indigenous bodies and land. While Grounded Normativity finds resurgence in the reconnection of bodies to land, road salt suggests through its orality that Indigeneity can still be resurgent after bodies are alienated from this vital relationship. Recording (MP4)
2020-07-31 Alison Dugas (she/her) @adugas@scholar.social Being able to find ages of red dwarfs will help teach us about the history of the Milky Way, the timelines of many known Earth-sized "habitable" planets, and the physics of magnetism in fluids. I will discuss how the ages of red dwarfs are already measured and describe current efforts to expand and improve this based simply on how fast they spin.  
2020-08-01 Kenneth Steimel (he/him) @ksteimel@scholar.social Swahili in Universal Dependencies Slides (PDF)
2020-08-02 Kim Reece (they/them) @kimreece@mathstodon.xyz Algebraic numbers and dividing the circle – the Kronecker-Weber theorem. Recording (MP4) Slides (PDF)
2020-08-03 Neville Park (xe/xir) @nev@bananachips.club Adventures in arachnid taxonomy: an introduction to spiders and allies via possibly the driest yet most fundamental branch of biology, scientific nomenclature and classification. A selection of classic and recent controversies, in-jokes, feuds, sick burns, obscure Latin terms, and hard-to-pronounce words. Slides (Google)
2020-08-03 Yiting Wang (she/her) @RobinWang@scholar.social What do people do on TikTok and why do they do it? This paper traces back to the birth of theater, and theatrical activities to explain why visual social media platforms are theatrical venues. Three dimensions of theatrical affordances are proposed, and used to explain some social phenomena that are happening on social media platforms such as TikTok. The three dimensions are situation and suspense, imitation and audience. The situation and suspense dimension starts from drama, the imitation dimension links with memes, and the audience are about social media users. The three dimensions together help to form an understanding of theatrical affordances that offers some socio-cultural and socio-technical clues to explain today’s ubiquitous visual expressions. Recording (Youtube)
2020-08-04 Benjamin Gregory Carlisle PhD (they/them) @bgcarlisle@scholar.social Clinical agnosticism and when trials say "maybe" Slides (ODP)
2020-08-05 Kestral Gaian (she/they) @LaCrecerelle@digipres.club An Ally is for Life, Not Just For Academia - a short talk on why inclusion should never be a box ticking excersise, and how breeding allies in academia helps to lift LGBTQ+ people up in all industries and corners of life, like ripples in a pond. Practical tips and hints for the uneducated, and tools for those in the community to spread allyship in their own worlds. Slides (Slideshare, PDF) Recording (Youtube, MKV)
2020-08-05 Julieta Arancio (she/her) @cassandreces@scholar.social I'm going to talk about how people all around the world build open hardware tools for science and education. Some topics I'll cover include: an introduction to what is open science hardware (OSH) and why it's necessary, presentation of some paradigmatic cases, the work of the Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community and preliminary results from my thesis work, about OSH cases in Latin American and African countries. Recording (MP4)
2020-08-06 Marc Jones (he/they) @marcjones@scholar.social Quick and Dirty Classroom Research Methods. What kinds of things can you do in your classroom to monitor yourself and check whether teaching interventions work? Mixed methods, some of which are quite naive methods Slides (PDF) Recording (M4V) Blog (HTML)
2020-08-07 Katrina (she/her) @pelagikat@eigenmagic.net Co-writing a rural community strategic plan during a pandemic Recording (MP4)
2020-08-07 Esty (they/them) @esty@scholar.social The future of ice on Earth Slides (PDF)
2020-08-08 Achintya Rao (he/him) @RaoOfPhysics@scholar.social The Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson: using the astonishingly large to discover the unimaginably small  
2020-08-08 Riley @Cyborgneticz@scholar.social Closing statement and thank yous!  

Rules for participants

We ask that participants follow these rules:

  • No vocal interruption of the presenter
  • Hold all questions and comments until the end
  • Use the text chat
  • Turn off your camera and microphone until the end of the talk

Because the talks are going to be relatively short, we are operating on a one strike rule. If you make a comment that is offensive or out of line, you will be muted or kicked out.

Due to technical restrictions, closed captions will probably not be available. If a speaker chooses to record the talk, we can publish it later with a transcript. Talks will not be recorded without participants' consent.

Instructions for moderators

We expect moderators to:

  • At the beginning of the session announce the presenter by their name, pronouns, handle (@username@instance.name), and title of the presentation.
  • Tell the audience the rules: No vocal interruption of the presenter, hold all questions and comments until the end, use the text chat, turn off your camera, turn off your microphone until the end of the talk.
  • If the presenter wants to record the talk, ask all audience members if they consent with the recording, and if not, don't.
  • During the presentation, use the text chat as time keeping for the presenter. Announce 10, 5, and 0-minute marks, and wrap up the presentation.
  • Because the talks are relatively short, we're operating on a one strike rule. If someone makes a comment that is offensive or out of line, mute them or kick them out of the session.
  • We won't tolerate any queerphobia, racism, misogyny, harassment, etc
  • On Zoom, the host of the meeting should make the moderator/presenter a cohost, meaning both will have mute/kick powers. On Jitsi, everyone has mute powers, and there is no kicking/banning.
  • On Jitsi, rooms are created when someone enters and destroyed when someone leaves. This means that if you gave us a password for your room or altered any other settings, you'll have to reset it when you reenter the room for the talk.

Instructions for presenters

Hello! Scholar Social is hosting #SummerSchool, an informal online conference covering a variety of topics, loosely around Sunday, July 26 - Saturday, August 8. Our goals are to:

  1. provide scholars with a venue of talking about our work when so many things have been canceled and we need feedback
  2. provide all of the Fediverse knowledge and insight from people of multiple backgrounds
  3. carry forward the ethics of Scholar Social which is that knowledge should be free and accessible to all.

Presentation spots are open to researchers, writers, formal academics, teachers, and anyone with expertise they're willing to share. You do not have to be on scholar.social to do this!

Each talk will be about 10-15 minutes with time for questions and discussion afterwards, coming to a total of about half an hour to 45 minutes. If your proposal seems to be offensive or troll-y it will not be accepted.

This form closes at the end of the day on Sunday, July 12th. If you're looking to moderate or attend talks, forms for that will be out shortly after this one closes. Contact @Cyborgneticz@scholar.social, @cxli@scholar.social, or @bgcarlisle@scholar.social if you have any questions!

Conference badges

Conference bages were designed by @hvincent@scholar.social. Please see Figure 1 for an example.


Figure 1: Example conference badge for #SummerSchool 2020. Light purple header area that says "#SummerSchool @scholar.social 2020" and white main text area that says "@hvincent@scholar.social"; below there are two yellow circles with pronouns "they/them" and "moderator" written in them.

Author: scholar.social

Created: 2020-09-27 Sun 11:28