Megan Turner

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Megan
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Turner
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Megan's research focuses on transnational anarchist movements, beginning with a comparative study of the cultural texts surrounding the Russian Revolution, Mexican Revolution and U.S. labor movements in the early twentieth century and continuing to more recent sites of resistance, including new media, punk rock, hacking, and alternative pedagogical spaces. She is particularly interested in looking at tactical media, hacktivism, and other acts of digital resistance as moments of disruption that gesture towards new relationships between users and information and, in doing so, suggest new models for teaching and learning wherein students feel empowered to actively engage and reshape existing paradigms. Questions that she is interested in include: How do we use technology to create alternative pedagogical spaces that reflect the evolving nature of knowledge in our digital world? How do we use new media to get students to engage with old ideas in new ways? How do we adapt traditional educational models to fit a new generation of thinkers?

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Megan is a Ph.D. student in the Cultural Studies section of the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on transnational anarchist movements, beginning with a comparative study of the cultural texts surrounding the Russian Revolution, Mexican Revolution and U.S. labor movements in the early twentieth century and continuing to more recent sites of resistance, including new media, punk rock, hacking, and alternative pedagogical spaces. Her work seeks to highlight moments that use coalitional politics to destabilize exclusionary nationalist identity-formations and disrupt global capitalist formations of power. Megan received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Russian from Wellesley College. She currently serves as a Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar and as a University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) California Humanities Scholar.

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