Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop

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Event: 2015 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop 

Dates: Monday, June 8th through Sunday, June 14th
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1st

HOW TO REGISTER - Deadline is May 1, 2015

1. Registration is now closed. 

2. Register for a HASTAC account if you haven't already - create account here

3. Join the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop group on HASTAC - request membership here.


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you register for the workshop, we will ask you to confirm participation via email before the workshop begins.  If you do not confirm participation, we will assume you are NOT participating in the workshop! 

What is the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop?
The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop is an online, asynchronous, interdisciplinary, participant-driven workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop offers an online forum where participants can exchange scholarship and ideas.  


How Does it Work?

The workshop is an informal, highly-collaborative meeting where participants create and set in motion their own agendas. There is no program for the workshop and there are no presentations. Participants collaborate in small groups to exchange research projects (e.g. articles, webtexts, syllabi, proposals) for feedback and peer review.


The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in feminist research, whether they are students, professors, academics, para-academics, or non-academics.   


Workshop outcomes include:

  • Encourage inter- and cross-disciplinary research and collaboration
  • Discuss feminist research strategies, best practices, methodologies/methods 
  • Promote collaborative learning and professional development 
  • Create a supportive space for feminist scholars to interact and network

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in feminist scholarship and research.


How Much Does it Cost?

Nothing!  Participants can attend the workshop for free.


When Does it Take Place?

This year’s workshop will take place Monday, June 8th through Sunday, June 14th.

Participants are also invited to attend a virtual workshop entitled “Mindful Research: A Workshop for Feminist Scholars” by Amanda Strauss, Research Librarian at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. The workshop is hosted by HASTAC and is part of the annual Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop. It is free and open to the public. You do not need to register for the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop to attend. Additional information is forthcoming. 


Where Does it Take Place?

The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) hosts the workshop. Many thanks to HASTAC for their generous support.


What Do I Need for the Workshop?
Ideally, you will bring a work-in-progress manuscript (e.g. journal article, syllabus, dissertation chapter, webtext) to the workshop. However, you are not required to have a project to participate and can instead serve as a reader/respondent for others' work.

Whom Do I Contact for More Information?

For additional information on the workshop, please contact Lori Beth De Hertogh or Katie Morrissey at feministscholarsworkshop@gmail.com. You can also access updates via Twitter using #FSDW15.


Volunteers for this Year’s Workshop Include:



  • Lori Beth De Hertogh, Founder & Director, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English, Washington State University; specializing in rhetoric and composition studies with a focus in cyberfeminism, rhetorics of medicine, and digital literacies
  • Katie Morrissey, Assistant Director, Ph.D. candidate, Department of English: Media, Cinema and Digital Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; specializing in popular romance, gender and sexuality within popular media, and participatory culture


Guest Speaker

  • Amanda Strauss, Research Librarian at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Social Media Correspondents

  • Abigail Scheg, (Lead Social Media Correspondent) Assistant Professor of English, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina
  • Carol Ashton, Instructional Designer, Pearson, LLC
  • Sara DiCaglio, Ph.D. Candidate, English and Women's Studies, Penn State University
  • Tamara Girardi, English Instructor, Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Jamie Henthorn, Ph.D. Candidate, English, Old Dominion University 
  • Linda Levitt, Associate Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Christine “Xine” Yao, Ph.D. candidate, English, Cornell University


Group Leader Coordinator

  • Katie Manthey, Ph.D. candidate, Rhetoric & Writing, Michigan State University

Before the Workshop:

Friday, May 1

Friday, May 15 — Monday, May 25

Sunday, June 7

  • Workshop registration deadline

  • Register on HASTAC               

  • Participants confirm participation

  • Peer review groups announced (Click here to access peer review groups)

  • Amanda Strauss' workshop "Mindful Research: A Workshop for Feminist Scholars"   


During the Workshop:

Monday, June 8

Tuesday, June 9 — Saturday, June 13

Sunday, June 14

  • Post introductions

  • Finalize group work schedule

  • Meet in peer review groups

  • Respond to work-in-progress projects; exchange ideas

  • Wrap-up

  • Post summary of workshop experience

  • Complete workshop survey


Detailed Workshop Directions

Monday, June 8


  • Join our group: After you’ve created an account and have logged in, visit the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) group page. Click the gold button on the right-hand side of the page which says “Join Group.” Once you click this button, you will be automatically added to the workshop group.


  • Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to introduce yourself to the group. To post your introduction, click the “post content” button on the right hand side of the page. Next, click “blog entry.” You can type your introduction into the body of your post or copy/paste it from another document. (Tip: If you copy/paste your introduction from another document, paste it as plain text. You can do this by selecting the “paste as plain text” button in the option bar at the top of the blog entry text box.) Please indicate in your blog post title that you are posting your introduction and not other content. Ex. Ebony Smith's Introduction to FSDW15. If you would like a short video demo on how to post content to the FSDW group, click here.


  • In your introduction, explain your research project, the kind of feedback you are looking for, and what you’d like to get out of the workshop. As you describe your project, remember that you'll likely be explaining it to individuals outside your area of expertise or discipline. Include your contact information (email, twitter, etc.) in your introduction, level of professional and/or academic experience, and any other information you would like workshop participants to know about you.  


  • Post your introduction no later than 5:00 PM EST on Monday.  


  • Read the other participants’ introductions. Feel free to comment or ask questions.


  • Finalize your group work schedule. Group leaders are responsible for collaborating with group members to create a personalized schedule and to keep the group on task. We recommend using this Sample Group Work Schedule as a guide.


Tuesday, June 9 — Saturday, June 13  

  • Exchange work-in-progress projects for feedback and peer review. (Click here to access peer review groups) You have several options for exchanging documents:

  • Email documents to group members.

  • Copy/paste documents into a blog post in the HASTAC workshop forum and give/receive feedback using the “comments” feature.  (Tip: to create a blog post, follow the same steps you used to create your introduction.) If you share your work in the forum, be aware that it will be publicly visible.

  • Create a Google doc for sharing and peer review.

  • Use a tool/platform not listed here. Remember that any platform you use should be accessible to all group members.


  • Groups should generally review 1 project per day. Please review the guidelines for manuscripts and peer review below for additional information.


  • If group members are interested, group leaders can coordinate online meeting times via Google Hangout or Skype to discuss projects.


  • Note: Remember to tweet about your peer review sessions using #FSDW15.


Sunday, June 14


  • Wrap-up peer review.

  • Post a blog entry/summary to the FSDW group page describing what you learned from the workshop, how it was or was not helpful, what you hope to do with the feedback you received, etc. Feel free to comment on any other aspect of the workshop that interests you.

  • Please note that participants’ feedback will be curated and archived for public viewing on the HASTAC website and elsewhere. If you do not want your feedback visible to members outside of the workshop, clearly indicate this in your summary.

  • Fill out the post-workshop survey.

  • If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to add a pin to this virtual map of participants. Below are directions for using the map:

    1. Go to the “additions” menu

    2. Choose "add marker – simple”

    3. Under “entry name” write your name

    4. Under “location” indicate your professional location. You can put a town or your workplace. For example, you could put in Ann Arbor, Michigan or University of Michigan.

    5. You can use the “description” option to add details about your professional or workplace affiliation. You can also add links to your Twitter profile or personal website.


  • Complete all activities by 5:00 PM EST.


Guidelines for Manuscripts & Peer Review


Manuscript Guidelines

  • Due to time constraints, please limit the length of work-in-progress projects to no longer than 25 single-spaced pages. For longer pieces (e.g. dissertations, books) consider sharing key passages or excerpts. If you are sharing a webtext or multimedia project, consider how much of your project readers can feasibly review and respond to in one day.

  • If you do not have a work-in-progress but would like to receive feedback on a project idea, consider sharing a list of questions you would like addressed. You might also share an outline of your project or a write-up which explains the project, its purpose, target audience, etc.

  • Share work-in-progress projects using Word or Google documents. Other file formats may make it difficult for participants to read and comment on your work. You can also use the blog post feature in the workshop forum for sharing and responding to materials.


Guidelines for Writers

  • Prior to sharing your work, fill out the cover sheet for authors. As you do so, explain to readers your research project, the kind of feedback you are looking for, and what you’d like to get out of the workshop. Keep in mind that readers are likely from disciplinary backgrounds different from yours and represent varying levels of experience and expertise.  

  • It may also be helpful to share with reviewers what you are not looking for—e.g. grammar correction, feedback on formatting, style, etc.


Guidelines for Readers

  • Use a respectful tone when giving feedback. It’s fine to be critical, but do so in a supportive and constructive way. Remember that communication online can be perceived differently than in face-to-face settings.

  • Give advice on higher order concerns first. For instance, you might point to areas in the text where the writer’s ideas are unclear or confusing to you.

  • Give feedback on lower order concerns last. This includes feedback on grammar usage, punctuation, spelling, style, format, etc.

  • Provide feedback that reflects your perspective. You may not be familiar with the writer’s area of expertise or discipline, but your perspective is still valuable.

  • Offer a balanced combination of constructive criticism and positive feedback.


Guidelines for Group Leaders

Group leaders are responsible for helping manage the exchange of manuscripts and for facilitating the peer review process. Leaders are also a resource for group members to go to with questions or concerns regarding peer review. Group leaders' responsibilities include:


  • Ensuring that peer feedback is supportive and constructive.

  • Managing time to ensure that groups respond to roughly 1 manuscript per day. (This is a general guideline. Individual groups are free to determine their own peer review schedule. We ask, however, that you complete all peer reviews by Sunday, if possible.)

  • Answering general questions or concerns about the peer review process. All other questions should be directed to Lori Beth or Katie at feministscholarsworkshop@gmail.com.

  • If group members decide to meet via Skype or Google hangout, the group leader is responsible for coordinating meeting venues/times.