Hashtags in the Academy and Beyond - Roopika Risam

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Hashtags in the Academy and Beyond - Roopika Risam

  1. 1. Hashtags in the Academy and Beyond # Roopika Risam Salem State University Twitter: @roopikarisam
  2. 2. Understanding Hashtags # Mechanism for tagging and tracking tweets # Archive of ideas, events, conferences, conversations # Teaching tool
  3. 3. Understanding Hashtags # Medium for disseminating ideas # Way of building communities # Lends mode of permanency to ephemerality of Twitter
  4. 4. Why Use Hashtags? # Work in service of scholarship # Challenge stereotype of solitary academic toiling in obscurity # Untether pedagogy from mooring within the academy
  5. 5. #dhpoco
  6. 6. What is #dhpoco? # Movement dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology # Brings postcolonial critique to the digital humanities and reframes postcolonial studies in relation to the digital humanities
  7. 7. What is #dhpoco? # Began as hashtag # Hashtag used to test waters on concept of “postcolonial digital humanities” in scholarly networks # Revealed range of attitudes and responses to the postcolonial digital humanities
  8. 8. #NotYourAsianSidekick
  9. 9. What is #NotYourAsianSidekick? # Hashtag created by Asian American activist Suey Park # Began a public conversation on Asian American feminism # Quickly trended on Twitter with thousands of participants around the world engaging
  10. 10. Hashtag Backlash # Hashtag weariness # Critiques of the limits of “hashtag activism” # Social media as poor substitute for organizing and activism
  11. 11. Tips for Using Hashtags # Create your hashtag with care # Encourage others to use the hashtag # Engage with users to build community # Accept you cannot control your hashtag # Strategize for leveraging your hashtag

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