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Saturday, June 10 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Let’s Write a Critical Making Manifesto (A Workshop in Collaborative Manifesto Writing + Scholarly Community Building)

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OK, but what *is* critical making? What is it *not*? Where did it come from? Where is it going? What do we want it to be? And who is “we”?

I have dedicated the last decade pursuing these questions across an MA and a PhD in intersectional gender and queer studies, and now as an assistant professor of interactive media and games, and yet, they remain. What is your relationship to them?

This 90 minute workshop invites participants to work together to address these questions, provide new answers and discussion around them, and create community.

The workshop is structured in two parts:

Part 1: Overview of Major Concepts: Critical Making + Social Justice Meets the Manifesto.
• Facilitator provides a brief overview of critical making and social justice approaches, particularly at their intersection, including the works of Matt Ratto, Garnet Hertz, and Debbie Chachra. This portion invites participants to reflect on how critical making stands in relation to mainstream maker culture, capitalism, labor, art, craft, and so on. We will consider how these topics are shaped by the intersectional forces and lived experiences of race, gender, class, global location, and so on.
• Participants will then examine the genre of manifesto writing together via relevant examples, including the Feminist Data Manifest-No (Marika Cifor et al.) and Garnet Hertz’ “Maker’s Bill of Rights.” We will focus on both content and form to review how this genre is particularly well-suited for critical making + social justice.

Part 2: A guided process in setting the groundwork for manifesto writing.*
• Cultivating our manifesto voices.
• Defining terms, values, and missions.
• Clarifying audience.
• Applying examples from our own research, practice, and/or pedagogies.
• Connecting to world-building, impact, and outcomes.
*We will use online brainstorming tools (likely Miro, or something similar) to complete these steps. A computer or tablet with Wi-Fi will be required. Facilitator will also provide hands-on materials as a digital alternative. Please bring your own writing tools.

Participants should leave the workshop with clearer definitions and understandings of these topics in their own work and lives, and ideally, having begun to draft these manifestos. In the very least, they will have the groundwork for them. Because this is a tall order, this work is certainly not easy, and 90 minutes goes by quickly, perhaps we may extend what will be started in this workshop for future collaborative publications and/or projects, depending on participant interest.


DB Bauer

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Saturday June 10, 2023 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Steuben 408 (Design Center)