2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW)

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:00am to Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 12:00am


Event: Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop 
Dates: Monday, June 12—Sunday, June 18, 2017
Keynote Speaker Dates: Monday, June 12 at 2:00 pm EST (Ms. Jenny Korn) & Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 pm EST (Dr. Erin Frost) 
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 21
Registration Link: Registration has closed
Twitter: #FSDW17

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 & How Does it Work?

Founded in 2013, the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC and James Madison University's School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Throughout the workshop, 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. Small groups are designed to be interdisciplinary and to encourage feminist mentorship by bringing together scholars with varying levels of experience and expertise.  

To accommodate diverse schedules and time zones, all peer review activities take place asynchronously, with the exception of keynote talks and online meetings that individual peer review groups elect to set up. 

The workshop is designed to: 

  • Encourage intra- and interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Discuss feminist research strategies, methodologies/methods, feminist pedagogy 
  • Promote collaborative learning and professional development 
  • Foster feminist mentorship across disciplines and professional orientations 
  • Create a supportive space for feminist scholars to interact and network

2015 Highlights

  • Represented 166 participants from over 25 states and 10 countries
  • Hosted keynote speaker Amanda Strauss, research librarian at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
  • Coordinated workshop activities with 9 volunteers from various institutional, organizational, and disciplinary backgrounds
  • Survey results show that over 75% of participants used their workshop experience to publish a refereed project, present at a conference, complete a thesis or dissertation, revise pedagogical materials, and/or complete a multimedia project

How Much Does it Cost & Who Should Attend?

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

When & Where Does it Take Place?

This year's workshop takes place Monday, June 12—Sunday, June 18, 2017. The majority of workshop activities will take place via Slack, although we encourage participants to also share ideas on HASTAC & Twitter (#FSDW17). 

What Do I Need for the Workshop?

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

Keynote Speakers

This year we are proud to host as our keynote speakers Dr. Erin Frost, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at East Carolina University, and Ms. Jenny Ungbha Korn, scholar of Identity & Media at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Korn's workshop, Intersectional Feminist Solidarity in Networked Practices: Shared Online Experiences and Strategies Involving Feminist Identity and the Digital, will offer participants the opportunity to examine how digital practices influence intersectional feminist work. Dr. Frost's workshop, Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces, will examine the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics.

Ms. Korn's workshop will take place Monday, June 12 at 2:00 pm EST, followed by Dr. Frost's workshop on Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 pm EST. 

Both virtual workshops are free and open to the public. You do not need to register for the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop to attend. Click here to learn more about our keynote workshops.

Whom Do I Contact for More Information?

For more information contact FSDW's Director, Lori Beth De Hertogh, at feministscholarsworkshop@gmail.com. You can also access updates via Twitter using #FSDW17.

Workshop Volunteers


  • Lori Beth De Hertogh, Ph.D. Founder & Director. Assistant Professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University 
  • Emily Diamond, Assistant Director. M.A. student in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University

Keynote Speakers

  • Erin Frost, Ph.D. Frost is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Carolina University. Her work centers on intersections between feminism, technical communication, and rhetoric. Frost's current project analyzes gender variations in patient perceptions of medical digital imaging. Her dissertation, "Theorizing an Apparent Feminism in Technical Communication," won the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication Award. Frost's work has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers and CompositionPeithoJournal of Business and Technical Communication, Communication Design Quarterly, Present Tense, and more. 
  • Jenny Ungbha Korn. Korn is a scholar of Identity & Media at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Korn's work represents intersections between feminism, media, race, and the internet. Her work has been published in Contexts, Feminist Media StudiesHashtag PublicsThe Journal of Economics and Statistics, Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture, Harvard University’s Transition, and more. She is the 2015 recipient of Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. 


Digital Documentarian 

  • Rebecca Goldschmidt. Artist, Teacher, Photography Instructor. Founder & Coordinator of Las Fotos Project


Group Leader Coordinators

  • Katie Manthey, Ph.D. Group Leader Coordinator. ‎Assistant Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center at Salem College
  • Sara DiCaglio, Ph.D. Peer Review Group Coordinator. Instructional Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M
  • Ellen G. Kress, M.A. Assistant Group Leader Coordinator. Doctoral Student in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon
  • Maria Novotny, Ph.D. Assistant Group Leader Coordinator. Assistant Professor, the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh 


Social Media Correspondents

  • Abigail Scheg, Ph.D. Director of Social Media. Composition Instructor for Western Governors University
  • Christina Aragon. Social Media Correspondent. Junior at James Madison University. Majoring in English with minors in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication and Women's and Gender Studies
  • Lauren Cesiro. Social Media Correspondent. Doctoral Student in Art History, Binghamton University
  • Bridget Gelms. Social Media Correspondent. Ph.D. Candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at Miami University
  • Karen Langton, Ph.D. Social Media Correspondent. Post-Graduate Researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK) 


Before the workshop:

Friday, April 21 Friday, May 19  Monday, May 29            
  • Workshop registration deadline



  • Participation





  • Peer review groups announced
  • Accept Slack email invitation 


During the workshop:

Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13-Saturday, June 17 Thursday, June 15      Sunday, June 18
  • Keynote Speaker, Ms. Jenny Korn
  • Post introductions to Slack
  • Finalize group work schedule
  • Add pin to 2017 participant map


  • Meet in peer review groups
  • Respond to work-in-progress projects


  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Erin Frost


  • Wrap up peer review
  • Complete post-workshop survey 



Detailed Workshop Directions

Monday, June 12

  1. Join Slack. To participate in the workshop, you'll need to join our Slack group. Please use the invitation link emailed to you from the workshop organizers. If you have trouble accessing the group, check out this resource. If you are still unable to join, contact the workshop organizers at feministscholarsworkshop@gmail.com.
  2. Introduce yourself. Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to introduce yourself to other workshop participants via Slack. To do so, use the channel or forum entitled "Introductions." 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. Please post your introduction no later than 5:00 PM EST on Monday. 
  3. 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 13 — Saturday, June 17  

  1. Exchange work-in-progress projects. Prior to doing so, fill out the cover sheet for authors
    • Please use our Slack group to exchange materials and ideas. Each peer review group has been assigned a private channel; this means that anything you exchange in your group's channel is visible only to your group members. However, content you post in general channels (e.g., "introductions") is visible to all FSDW participants, but not to anyone outside of the workshop. 
  2. Review projects. Groups should generally review 1 project per day. Please review the guidelines for manuscripts and peer review below for additional information.
  3. Organize an online meeting. If group members are interested, group leaders can coordinate online meeting times via Google Hangout, Facetime, or Skype to discuss projects.
  4. Share your progress. Feel free to tweet about your peer review experience using #FSDW17. We also encourage you to participate in our Slack conversation channels.


Sunday, June 18

  1. Wrap-up peer review. Use this time to share final thoughts on projects, exchange contact information for future collaborations, etc. 
  2. Fill out the post-workshop survey. You will receive a copy of the survey via email. A link will also be posted to the FSDW Slack group. 
  3. Add a pin to our virtual map! If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to add a pin to our virtual map of participants. Below are directions for using the map:
    • Go to the “additions” menu
    • Choose "add marker – simple”
    • Under “entry name” write your name
    • 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.
    • 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.
  4. Complete all activities by 5:00 PM EST. While you are welcome (and encouraged!) to continue conversations and collaborations beyond the workshop, please post all feedback on work-in-progress manuscripts by 5:00 PM EST on Sunday, June 18. 


Guidelines for Group Leaders

  • Group leaders are responsible for helping manage the exchange of projects and for facilitating peer review. 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 project 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.)
    • Answering general questions or concerns about the peer review process. All other questions should be directed to Lori Beth De Hertogh 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.


Guidelines for Manuscripts & Peer Review

  • 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 project 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 that explains the project, its purpose, target audience, etc.
  • Share work-in-progress projects via Slack. 


Guidelines for Writers

  • Prior to sharing your work, fill out the cover sheet for authors. As you do so, explain to readers your 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.

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