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Digital IDEAS 2022 - Critical Access: Technology & Disability Justice

Position Description

The Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan is excited to announce its second annual Digital IDEAS Summer Institute. Drawing on the acronym Inclusion-Diversity-Equity-Access-Success, each year’s program focuses on a new pressing issue at the intersection of technology and social justice. In 2021 we launched DISCO: The Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, & Optimism Network, and in 2022 we will explore the Critical Access movement and the relationships between technology and disability justice.

Presented entirely online, over the course of eight days (spread comfortably across two weeks, from July 11-22, 2022) cohort members will participate in keynote lectures, panels, methodologies workshops, and group discussions. During our time in the institute, we’ll think together about crip solidarities and what it means to do access, materially, critically, and intersectionally. Drawing from the guidance of our keynotes, one another, and disability justice frameworks, we’ll work to consider: When is access a thing that can be controlled and controlling, and when is access collectivede-institutionalinterrogatory, and, following Mia Mingus, loving? How do we think about access when we are tired — weary, worried, spoonless — over always fighting for it? Is access an always-elusive digital unicorn? What can access do in a culture of precarity, isolation, scarcity, and death? 

We will learn and grow together as we engage with crip wisdom and digital disability activism, as well as what it means to access access. As always, Digital IDEAS seeks to explore the ways that the digital perpetuates existing inequalities and envision a new anti-ableist, anti-racist, intersectionally inclusive future through a nuanced speculative, experimental, and critical lens. This online summer institute will provide critical digital studies training and support collaborative projects that center on anti-ableist, anti-racist, feminist, and LGBTQ-affirming practices.


Digital IDEAS is open to advanced graduate students, post-docs, alt-ac workers, and early-career faculty (NTT and TT) at academic institutions as well as artists, technologists, and community activists/ advocates who think their work is a good match.

Cost of Attendance

$1,000, Faculty or Staff
$550, Graduate students or those without institutional affiliation

App Process & Timeline

Applications are due by Monday, February 21, 2022, and all applicants will be notified of their acceptance status (including financial support) by March 15, 2022.


Application Instructions:

1. Fill out the Digital IDEAS cover application:

Word Doc Version

Adobe PDF Version    

2. Brief C.V. or Resume in PDF form

3. Upload to the Interfolio Posting to complete application.


Please contact Zaineb Al-Kalby at if you have any questions about the application.