This year at the MLA I was part of a panel on Making Digital Counterpublics. Drawing on the idea that Habermas’ public sphere is an as yet unachieved ideal, scholars such as Nancy Fraser and Michael Warner have argued for the need to recognize alternative or parallel publics. Amid discourses regarding the value of the humanities, this session engages ways digital tools and platforms may be combined with engaged civic pedagogy to facilitate counterpublic formation for marginalized populations, activist organizations, and community outreach. The link below will take you to the website of the panel, containing information on all the presentations.
(Photo from Kim Knight’s “Fashioning Circuits Class”)