Keynote Speakers

Friday, October 27 (4:30pm PDT): Asia/Australia Closing Keynote

Making the Familiar Strange: Critical Digital Literacies for Edtech

Luci aims to ‘make strange’ what we know and think about edtech by considering the wider impact of digital technologies on the culture of the school and the relationship between teachers and students:

“Now more than ever it is essential we stand back and ask how we can ensure digital learning is better for children and young people.”

Drawing on her research projects over the last 10 years, Luci sketches out a picture of what we know about digital technologies in schools – from the digital platforms in schools and how teachers use them, through to students’ understandings of data and their thoughts on monitoring software. Dr. Luci Pangrazio is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2023-2026), Chief Investigator on the Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, and a senior lecturer in language and literacy at Deakin University. Her research focuses on digital and data literacies, datafication in the home and school, and the politics of digital platforms. Recent books include Critical Data Literacies (2023, MIT Press), Learning to Live with Datafication: Educational Case Studies and Initiatives from Across the Word (2022, Routledge) and Young People’s Literacies in the Digital Age (2019, Routledge).

Saturday, October 28 (1:30pm PDT): US/Europe Closing Keynote

Surveillance, Data Collection, the Redaction of Love, and the Complexity of Identity

Mother Cyborg’s work opens up analog and tactile spaces for audiences to reflect upon our collective relationship with internet technologies, identity, legacy, and the future. She draws from over 16 years of experience as a community organizer in Detroit, MI where individuals gained access and agency to (re-)build their neighborhoods, and run their own Internet service providers. Her work brings poetry, music, fiber arts, and the power of emotional connection together alongside personal experience and systemic analysis.

“By demystifying technology through performance, craft, objects, and media, I hope to create analog touchstones for those who are afraid of the digital world to experience it differently and to ultimately develop technical knowledge with these same people. Together, we can nurture, artfully shape, and invoke the future of technology — rather than being passively controlled by it.”

Diana Nucera, aka “Mother Cyborg,” is a multimedia artist who uses quilts, performance, music, DIY publishing, and installation to elevate a collective technological consciousness and agency. Diana taps into the power of art, media and technology to facilitate educational and emotional experiences. Her work draws from fourteen years of community organizing in Detroit, Michigan, during which time she wrote guides and devised organizing models to fight digital redlining. In 2019, Diana was recognized with a Kresge Arts literary fellowship; in 2021, she became a United States Artist Fellow in Media; in 2022, she was awarded a Knight Arts and Tech Fellowship as well as a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship.