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2019 Keynote: Dr. Stephanie S. Rosen

The 2019 Network Detroit Planning Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Stephanie S. Rosen as this year’s keynote speaker.

Keynote abstract — Access Manifestos

The way we define and enact access—in the digital humanities, information science, or the cultural heritage fields—is inherently political. Access is already unevenly distributed, and our interventions to improve accessibility always prioritize some vectors of need while reinforcing some other requirements to participate. This tension has been theorized and practiced for decades—in disability activism, studies, and justice. This talk centers that lineage to develop ways of thinking about access as intentional, collaborative, multi-dimensional, and political. Along the way, it offers examples of access manifestos and the raw materials from which we might write our own, as we engage in this conference and in our everyday political work.

A black and white photo of Dr. Rosen.

Dr. Stephanie S. Rosen

is an Associate Librarian and Accessibility Specialist in the University of Michigan Library and helps to promote equitable access to the library’s resources for all users, regardless of ability or background. As a librarian scholar with a deep understanding of disability studies and its intersections with feminist, queer, and critical race studies, she brings valuable insights into library administration and digital scholarship.

Dr. Rosen received her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and, while there, served as Accessibility Specialist in the Digital Writing and Research Lab. This UT digital humanities lab has a long investment in accessibility, thanks to its co-founder John Slatin. During her graduate studies Dr. Rosen worked on various digital humanities projects and taught courses in feminist and queer studies, the history of science, and writing and literature at several institutions.