I often get contacted for more info about the core and recommended readings for this course, which I realize now were not grouped as clearly as they could be. These can now be found by looking at the Syllabus and Further Recommended Reading pages. Enjoy!
For those of you interested not only in the conversations we shared in the class–that are available via video on this site or in the comments below each week’s post for the course for those who talked in the chat window–the Twitter hashtag archive for #CLAGSqNY is now available at the bottom of this post.
I have also rendered a social network analysis of Twitter mentions of various individual’s handles (namely those in the class) who used the #CLAGSqNY hashtag. Each dot below is a person or group tweeting. Each line indicates they mentioned or were mentioned by someone else connected to them. A total of 502 tweets let us see that three major networks of communication (based on the colors of the connections) formed on Twitter: @CLAGSNY (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies), @meganbigelow (artist Megan Bigelow), and @jgieseking (me). We also can see that while there are a number of folks on the edges only mentioned once (one line to or from their dot) which indicates a lack of conversation, there are more folks with two or more connections to others, showing a level of connection between those involved in CLAGSqNY.
For those out there still checking in on this site, I have taken a position at Bowdoin College. Please feel free to reach out!
Today we are launching the Our Queer Lives and Spaces (OQLS) Project!
OQLS is a living archive that affords lgbtqtstsiq people a space to map and share their stories online through mobile devices, multimedia, & web and geospatial technologies. In other words, anyone can text, call, or type in her/his/zee’s own stories from anywhere in the world and it will geocode to one giant, queer map. Hashtag: #OQLS.
Anyone and everyone is invited to join!
- Option A) Call (617) 286-5071. After a welcome, press 2 to create an acct & leave an audio story.
- Option B) Send an mms (picture message) or an sms (text message) to: firstname.lastname@example.org Include a description of the picture. Yes, you can send an mms or sms to an email account!
To post to OQLS:
- Option A) Send a sms or mms (text and/or picture message) from your phone to email@example.com
- Option B) Call (855) 450-3621 to record your audio story
- Option C: Or use our website: http://vojo.co/en/groups/oqls
- Remember to give some information about you, where you are, and the year of your story!
- Note: If you call from an iPhone, it will not geocode your location so that either Jack will geocode it later or you can login in to your new vojo.co site and add it yourself
Some more background on OQLS: This project is a long-term dream project of mine (Jack). The technology did not exist until just recently and given our field trip today, I could not imagine launching OQLS with a cooler group of people! You do not need to attend our field trip to dive in. Just follow the directions above.
I am delighted to share that all of the Further Recommended Readings have been uploaded! While classes 1 and 2 have been up for awhile, you can now read away through to heart’s content through the other readings for classes 3 and 4. Enjoy! And feel free to keep the conversation going here or via Twitter with the #CLAGSqNY hashtag!
We are finally off to the West Village to yammer, wander, share stories, and launch OQLS. TODAY! We are meeting at the entrance to Christopher Street Piers at 11am. If you are running late and still want to hang out with us afterwards, my cell # is in the last email to the class.
See you soon!
We will be meeting at 6.30pm US EST in the West Village at the entrance to the Christopher Street Piers, just where the pier begins. We will visit some key spots and launch the OQLS Project as we go! At 8pm, we will meet at the one and only Stonewall Inn for drinks if you cannot make the walk.
Feel free to make you vojo.co account before we meet! I’ll send an email out to everyone enrolled in CLAGSqNY with directions before we meet.
I will not be able to live stream this field trip but I will record it on the OQLS map as we go!
It may not seem like much but this course evaluation will be pretty key for not only the future seminars in the city but also for me as I search for an academic job and prove to the world we need more classes exactly like this. If you got anything at all out of this course–or even not!–please take our course evaluation here. It takes just a few minutes.
We have had to restructure our space and time for the next two classes.
Here’s the space-times for the next two meetings:
- May 15th, 7-9pm in Room C205 (concourse level)
- May 22nd, 6.30-8.30pm in Room 9206