Chan to present research at CSCW 2020

Anita Say Chan
Anita Say Chan, Associate Professor

Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the iSchool and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, will present her research at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020), to be held virtually on October 17-21. CSCW is the premier venue for experts from industry and academia to explore the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities.

Chan will serve on the panel, No: Critical Refusal as Feminist Data Practice. During this session, panelists will perform a collective reading of the Feminist Data Manifest-No, a declaration that "refuses harmful data regimes and commits to new data futures," which Chan coauthored with Marika Cifor (University of Washington), Patricia Garcia (University of Michigan), TL Cowan (University of Toronto), Jasmine Rault (University of Toronto), Tonia Sutherland (University of HawaiĘ»i at Manoa), Jennifer Rode (University College London), Anna Lauren Hoffmann (University of Washington), Niloufar Salehi (University of California, Berkeley), and Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan). Following the reading, panelists will demonstrate how critical refusal can be used as a tool for creating alternative data practices.

Chan's research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the "periphery," science and technology studies in global contexts, and feminist and decolonial approaches to technology. At Illinois, she directs the interdisciplinary Community Data Clinic at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). She is a Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellow at the NCSA and a 2020-2021 Faculty Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City. Chan received her PhD from MIT in the history and anthropology of science and technology studies.

Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

New project to create accessible library makerspaces

Library makerspaces offer community members the opportunity to tinker, design, experiment, and create with a range of technology in an informal learning space. However, because current makerspaces and maker tools are highly vision oriented, blind and visually impaired (BVI) people have limited access to these learning opportunities. A new project led by Assistant Professor JooYoung Seo and Associate Professor Kyungwon Koh, director of the CU Community Fab Lab, seeks to address this problem by creating accessible maker programs for BVI learners and developing training materials for librarians and maker professionals on accessible making. The researchers were recently awarded a three-year $498,638 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS grant LG-252360-OLS-22) for their project, "Promoting Computational Thinking Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Teens Through Accessible Library Makerspaces."

New role for Rusch

The iSchool is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Rusch as a teaching assistant professor. He was most recently employed as an eLearning specialist in the College of Education, where he helped the college shift to emergency remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic and become one of the first units on the Urbana campus to completely transition to the Canvas Learning Management System.

Adam Rusch

New project to explore the use of conversational AI in libraries

Assistant Professor Yun Huang has been awarded a three-year $399,996 Early Career Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS grant RE-252329-OLS-22), under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports innovative research by untenured, tenure-track faculty.

Yun Huang

Knox elected chair of NCAC Board

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), an alliance of 59 national nonprofit organizations that is committed to the non-partisan defense of free expression, has elected Associate Professor Emily Knox as chair of its Board of Directors.

Emily Knox