Friday, June 03, 2005

finally . . . playing around

hi all:
strange that though i analyze and theorize a lot about computer technology and transnational feminist practices, i haven't actually participated in a blog. i'm hoping we all can get into some excellent discussions about how we as individuals as well as scholars perceive/use blogs. . .

just a brief bit about me: i recently defended my dissertation (end of April) and am now revising to file by the end of June. whew! it feels unreal to have this endless project come to an end; at the same time, i'm very eager to revise/change it's vision and move in new directions . . .

which leads to very new directions: i have accepted an assistant professor position at the American University in Kuwait, and will be moving to Kuwait City at the end of July. it'll be quite a transition from Syracuse (NY), but i'm really excited about encountering and living in a culture new to me, working with Kuwaiti students, and developing research projects with women's rights activists and feminists in the region.

i plan on developing and publishing my own blog so that i can easily keep in touch with people from across the globe. i have a feeling that even more so than now, cyberspace will provide the grounds for new connections for me.

look forward to hearing about all of you.


Blogger Kris said...

Kuwait, and the opportunity to work on global feminist issues, sounds challenging, yet exciting. I'm curious about technological access there, both to face-to-face labs and online resources such as this blog.

I've only used blogs in graduate-level courses but love the breakdown I've seen between private and public discourse among a range of students. Still, I think it's important not to presume blogs are a de facto tool of empowerment; I had at least one international student and one returning female student who said they felt silenced in this environment because of a perceived lack of response to their entries. At the same time, does a blog necessitate the same type of response as, say, a discussion board. All in all, despite their omni-presence in the media right now, blogs still seem very experimental for me, and I look forward to what will evolve in this forum.

Friday, June 03, 2005 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger cyberdiva said...

Kris - I agree we should not assume the de facto ness of blog empowerment.

For instance -

Why should someone feel empowered by joining conversations that have no validation of who they are?

Just because its "the Internet"?


Sunday, June 05, 2005 8:13:00 AM  

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