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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.

Summer / Winter School 2022 (July 25 - August 6)

For information about Summer / Winter School 2022 or to sign up to present, moderate or participate, visit the following link:


#SummerSchool 2021 (July 26 - August 6)


Date Presenter Handle Topic Media
2021-07-26 Kateryna Zorya (she/her) @werekat@mastodon.acc.sunet.se Descriptivity as Counter-Ideological Narrative: Writing History in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine. In the Soviet Union historical discourse, "theory" supposedly meant Marxist theory, but as the historian Andrei Portnov notes, Soviet historiography was largely beholden to government interests couched in the semblance of Marxist theory rather than have the opportunity to develop it in truth. As Soviet Ukrainian historians were not free to truly theorize, they took refuge in archaeography - the empirical description of historical documents and their introduction into the corpus of known historical sources. This paper describes how Ukrainian history has inherited a mistrust of grand theories as a methodological stance, and how that mistrust has shaped the professional identities of contemporary Ukrainian historians, who find themselves addressing Western and Russian historical narratives simultaneously with contending against 19th century historical narratives accidentally preserved by the Soviet Union.  
2021-07-27 Petter Ericson (he/him) @pettter@mastodon.acc.umu.se Music as journey - on interwoven hierarchies in polyphonic music and how to display, manipulate and explore them. There are many ways notes relate to each other in music, and very few that can be shown in standard western common notation - even if the music itself is from the western tradition. I will talk a little bit about the various ways that the music can be thought to contain multitudes of hierarchical relations, and the problems of getting music theorists to actually nail down what they mean.  
2021-07-27 Benjamin Gregory Carlisle PhD (they/them) @bgcarlisle@scholar.social Retroactively prospective clinical trial registrations Slides (ODP) Recording (M4V)
2021-07-28 Katrina Szetey (she/her) @pelagikat@eigenmagic.net Co-developing a model with a community. Modelling can seem like an esoteric process to people who are unfamiliar with it, but is an important task to understand socio-techno-ecological systems and test potential changes. Modellers cannot know everything about a system, so co-developing your model with experts is optimal. But how do you do it?  
2021-07-28 Daniel Cardoso (they/them) @danielscardoso@scholar.social Transnational comparative approach to activism around consensual non-monogamies in the UK and Portugal Recording (MP4) Audio-only (M4A) Chat text (TXT) Captions (TXT; TXT)
2021-07-29 Erick (he/him) @eearroyo1312@scholar.social Bacteria! How they swim and how they know where to put their stuff Recording (MP4)
2021-07-30 L.J. Lee (she/her) @ljwrites@rage.love The Feminist Pansori: Women's dignity and worth explored in traditional Korean musical theater. In this presentation I will talk about pansori, the traditional Korean musical theater form developed from the 17th century onward, specifically how these works express themes of women's humanity and agency against the heavily patrarchal and misogynistic background they arose from. The talk will focus on Chunhyangga and Shimcheongga, two of the five major repertoires of pansori and the two with female protagonists.  
2021-07-31 KC Legacion (he/they) @kclegacion@scholar.social In this presentation, I will first provide an overview of degrowth before diving into the subfield of Degrowth and Technology (DG&T). I will then discuss the concept of conviviality, a guiding idea for DG&T research, and conclude with the research design for my masters capstone in which I am using the concept of conviviality to conduct a comparative case study of Twitter and Mastodon.  
2021-07-31 Victor Gorsky-Mochalov (he/him) @VGM@mas.to The constitutional foundations of university autonomy: What constitutional judges of European states say about it?  
2021-07-31 Blake C. Stacey (he/him) @bstacey@icosahedron.website Integers Across the Eighth Dimension! Most of us have been exposed to the idea of the number line, and it's not uncommon to learn how to extend that to the "complex plane", a two-dimensional realm of numbers that finds use in topics as diverse as quantum mechanics, electrical engineering and drawing the Mandelbrot set. There's also lore floating around the Internets about how to invent four- and eight-dimensional numbers. I will give a capsule survey of these ideas and go one step further: What does it mean for a number to be "whole" in these higher-dimensional realms?  
2021-08-01 Kat Lucas-Healey (she/her) @KatLH@scholar.social "What do we do about cars? I'll talk about touted transport futures, the tensions they create, and what they might mean for people, societies and the planet."  
2021-08-02 James Wheaton (he/they) @theruran@hackers.town How do we design computers that satisfy human needs without undermining human rights & safety? A systems approach to this problem is presented with a design sketch of delightful computing.  
2021-08-03 Brian Callahan (he/him) @bcallah@bsd.network "Since 2015, I have worked in a research post as the lead systems administrator for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced ""peace,"" see: https://worldpece.org), an international academic research network with servers and software instances all around the world. In this role, one of the most frequent tasks I need to perform is translating technical speak to social scientists and social science speak to technologists. This often invisible work contributes to the successes of the PECE platform and provides a bridge allowing developers, systems administrators, users, researchers, and audiences a positive, smooth, and ever-improving experience interacting with PECE instances and the data presented on them. In this talk, I want to explore this translation work. What can we learn from these experiences that can improve the interactions between academics and technologists? How do we explain the many facets of what we do to each other so that all can benefit from these translations and interactions? How do we make visible this invisible work, so that we can appreciate a fuller understanding of those who undergird and support our research?"  
2021-08-03 Ember (they/them) @autisticanthropologist@scholar.social I will be presenting my research based on a survey of neurodivergent people primarily on the Fediverse about the functions that online communities serve for neurodivergent people and how they affect the neurodivergent people that participate in them. The project looks at what it means to be neurodivergent, accessibility in online vs. offline communities, loneliness and friendship, and support networks.  
2021-08-04 Cindy Kohtala (she/her) @ckohtala@scholar.social Fab Labs and Maker Culture: An Industrial Transitions Movement? an overview of maker culture and "material peer production" from the perspective of Product- and Technology-Oriented Movements (DJ Hess's framework bridging science & technology studies STS and social movement studies SMS)  
2021-08-04 Felipe Morales Carbonell (he/him) @okf@scholar.social I will connect some issues in the philosophy of action and the epistemology of possibility in the context of the question: how do Force-users in Star Wars learn to use the force? The issues that Jedi have in making sense of their practical knowledge mirror the issues we have in the real world as agents who have to figure out ways to solve problems on our own.  
2021-08-05 Tamara Gupper (she/her) @tgupper@scholar.social My presentation will discuss the widely used term “artificial intelligence”, which carries a number of different, sometimes antagonistic meanings. Based on ethnographic fieldwork among computer scientists who program humanoid robots, my presentation will highlight the discrepancies of the different meanings attached to the term, and propose a conceptualization of it.  
2021-08-05 Wim Vanderbauwhede (he/they) @wimv12e@cybre.space Automatic parallelisation of legacy scientific code using source-to-source compilation  
2021-08-06 Kim Reece (they/them) @kimreece@mathstodon.xyz Identifying sub-units of scholarship in mathematical papers, and the challenges they pose to literature search. Slides (PDF) Recording (MP4)

Graphic design 2021

Graphics designed by @csepp@merveilles.town

#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: 2022-06-14 Tue 09:46