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Past Institutes


The Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan first annual Digital IDEAS: A Summer Institute for Anti-Racist Critical Digital Studies.

Keynotes: André Brock, Stephanie Dinkins, Rayvon Fouché, Catherine Knight Steele, Lisa Nakamura, Remi Yergeau

In keynote lectures, panels, methodologies workshops, and group discussions, we asked:

What would an equitable digital future look like? 

Digital IDEAS 2021 explored the ways that the digital perpetuates existing inequalities and envisions a new anti-racist, anti-ableist, intersectionally inclusive digital future through a nuanced speculative, experimental, and critical lens. This one-week online summer institute provided critical digital studies training and support collaborative, intersectional projects that center anti-racist, feminist, LGBTQ-affirming, and anti-ableist practices. Our goal was to create a close cohort of participants committed to participating in a week of community-building, skill-sharing, and rigorous theoretical discussion. Alongside keynotes and panels, Digital IDEAS methods workshops situated tools and technologies, linking critical theory about race, gender, and disability with critical practice related to digital environments.


In 2021 we announced the launch of DISCO: The Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, & Optimism Network


Co-founded by Digital IDEAS 2021 Keynote speakers André Brock, Stephanie Dinkins, Rayvon Fouché, Catherine Knight Steele, Lisa Nakamura, and Remi Yergeau, DISCO is Mellon Foundation-funded research initiative and collaborative network.

Areas of interest: Historical Afrofuturisms; Black Digital Feminism; Ethnic Studies and Social Media; Art Practice and Artificial Intelligence; Race and Technoculture; Accessibility and the Rhetoric of Disability; Speculative Futures; and Digital Pedagogy. 

The 2021 institute was co-sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.