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Humanist Archives: March 12, 2022, 6:45 a.m. Humanist 35.588 - events cfp: IT platforms for core research and teaching missions (MLA)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 588.
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        Date: 2022-03-12 06:16:50+00:00
        From: Alan Liu <>
        Subject: CFP for MLA 2023 panels on "What do we want in research & learning platforms of the future?"

CFP: Modern Language Association Convention 2023 Call for Panels
Organized by the MLA Committee on Information Technology

Research and teaching are core missions of our higher-ed institutions.
Yet when it comes to major information technology (IT) platforms and
services—general-purpose document-creation and management platforms,
learning management systems, proprietary databases, and data services—as
well as more specialized tools for video conferencing (and remote
instruction), surveying, mapping, design and visualization,
etc.—researchers and teachers are accustomed to reacting to (or
critiquing) directions set by others. They are latecomers to decisions
that result in acquisitions of large enterprise systems that bundle
research and teaching IT into business models originally intended for
industry or other institutions with different student populations and
needs. Administrative or support demands unrelated to higher-ed’s core
functions and instead common to _/all_/ institutions (communications,
document creation, storage, management, payroll, timekeeping, security,
etc.) thus come to determine IT investments that can be millions of
dollars each year per institution.

What if, instead of merely reacting, educators led with their visions of
long-term directions for research and teaching IT platforms? What if
they set forth clear goals for future IT environments whose material,
operational, organizational, and labor infrastructures and functions
align with core research and teaching missions, and did so in ways that
are ethical and sustainable? What could _/having a plan_/, even if at
first only impractical, give scholars as leverage in the
shared-governance conversations they will need to have over the next
decade with university administrators, IT industry representatives,
staff, students, and others (including those from their ranks who work
in relevant areas of engineering, education, or policy research)? We
invite short papers for two panels that plan, speculate about, or
suggest technologies or strategies  optimal for supporting our
scholarship and instruction.

*Panel 1: What do we want in a research platform of the future?*
Instead of just critiquing major information technology (IT) platforms
that higher-ed institutions commit to, panelists “lead with the
solution.” They set forth visions, plans, and ethical, sustainable
principles for the research IT of the future.

*Panel 2: What do we want in a learning platform of the future?*
Beyond critiquing major information technology (IT) platforms such as
learning management systems at their institutions, panelists “lead with
the solution.” They set forth visions, plans, and ethical, sustainable
principles for the teaching IT of the future.

*Abstracts*: 300 words or less, by the end of the day (all time zones):
15 March 2022. Please submit your abstract *using this Google Form*: <>

(CFP as posted on the MLA Committee on Information Technology's blog:

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