[Air-L] Free Culture <FAIL > Research Workshop 2009

Julie Cohen jec at law.georgetown.edu
Fri Jul 17 12:48:06 PDT 2009

Not sure this counts as a thought; more like a primal scream/yawn at the
sheer predictability of it all.  For some time now I've been scheduled
to spend 2009-10 as a visiting professor at Harvard Law, but the first
I've heard of this event was when Jeremy circulated the call to this
list.  Being temperamentally loathe to bite the hand that feeds me, I
suppose I shall have to assume that my invitation has gotten hung up in
a spam filter somewhere.


-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [Air-L] Free Culture <FAIL > Research Workshop 2009


Thanks for pointing this out! A number of us, including the "X woman" 
(Elizabeth Stark of the Yale ISP) on the committee, have been debating 
and discussing this problem as it concerns this conference but more 
important, how it also pertains to the wider field of digital media, 
especially when it comes to tech and law.

For instance, here are some other examples of similarly problematic 
conferences when it comes to gender balance:


And there are unfortunately many many more examples.

Elizabeth and I have recently started to compile a list of women leaders

in law, technology, and internet research to highlight their presence. 
We will soon circulate the list to get more names and eventually publish

on website as a resource for conference organizers or those working on 
edited collections. Hopefully Elizabeth will also jump in as she has 
also thought quite a bit about this issue.

I have found this problem to be pretty pervasive and have been 
personally frustrated as well as academically intrigued. Any thoughts 
about the skewed conference representation?


>      > Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:17:29 -1000
>      > From: mary.bryson at ubc.ca <mailto:mary.bryson at ubc.ca>
>      > To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org <mailto:air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
>      > Subject: [Air-L] Free Culture <FAIL > Research Workshop 2009
>      >
>      > Take a look at the lack of inclusion of women (FreeCultureFail)
>     on the
>      > Organizing and Academic Program Committees for this event.
>      >
>      > http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/5486
>      >
>      > There are 12 people on the former and 28 people on the latter.
>     According to
>      > the person from the Free Culture Research Workshop group that I
>     contacted:
>      >
>      > "Based on my count, there are 4 women in all on both
Committees, with
>      > <Person X> serving on both the organizing and academic
>      >
>      > The other 3 women serve in the academic committee..."
>      >
>      >
>      > 4 women out of 40 people. One woman on the Organizing
>     That's some
>      > kind of "free culture". Free Culture Fail, as far as I can
>     Maybe there
>      > is a story here. Or not.
>      >
>      > Mary
>      > --
>      > Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Professor and Director, Network of Centers
>      > Institutes in Education (NCIE) & Center for Cross-Faculty
>     (CCFI),
>      > Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
>      > CCFI: Innovation Works Here
>      > http://ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/
>      > -----Original Message-----
>      >

Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor
Department of Media, Culture, & Communication
New York University
239 Greene St, 7th floor
NY NY 10003
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