DISCO Summit 2024

Friday - Saturday
14 Jun - 15 Jun 2024

Weiser Hall, 10th Floor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Event Type
Non-CSTMS Event



Registration is required to attend the DISCO Summit in-person. The deadline for in-person registration is Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Due to limited space in the venue, in-person registration will close once we reach our maximum capacity.

Zoom webinar registration will be open until the end of the event. Register to attend via Zoom:


About the Event


The DISCO Network housed at the University of Michigan Digital Studies Institute will be hosting the DISCO Summit, a two-day interdisciplinary summer symposium about digital social inequalities, on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 2024 located at Weiser Hall, 10th Floor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor . The DISCO Network is a collaborative, intergenerational group of scholars across five universities (University of Michigan, Northwestern University, The University of Maryland-College Park, Stony Brook University, Georgia Institute of Technology) dedicated to envisioning a new anti-racist and anti-ableist digital future.

The DISCO Summit will include nine panel conversations about the past, present, and future of the intersection between digital technology, culture, race, disability, gender, sexuality, and liberation:

  1. “Digital Optimism” with Lisa Nakamura, Rayvon Fouché, Stephanie Dinkins, André Brock, Remi Yergeau, and Catherine Knight Steele

  2. “Digital Frictions” with Remi Yergeau, David Adelman, Jeff Nagy, Aimi Hamraie, Jaipreet Virdi, and Mara Mills

  3. “Digital Black Feminist Pleasure and Pain Online” with Catherine Knight Steele, Rianna Walcott, Francesca Sobande, and Kishonna Gray

  4. “Little Memes: Storying Race, Gender, and Disability in the Digital Studies Classroom” with Remi Yergeau, Huan He, and Toni Bushner

  5. “Black Digital Optimism in an Age of Despair” with André Brock, Kevin Winstead, Brandy Pettijohn, Apryl Williams, and Ngozi Harrison

  6. “Black Innovation” with Rayvon Fouché, Aaron Dial, Ron Eglash, Michael Bennett, Aria Halliday, and Tonia Sutherland

  7. “Digital Possibilities” with Stephanie Dinkins, Hagar Masoud, Ria Rajan, Cezanne Charles, and Audrey Bennet

  8. “Majority World Digital Infrastructures” with Lisa Nakamura, Marisa Duarte, Ivan Chaar Lopez, Meryem Kamil, Huan He, and Jasmine Banks

  9. “Legibility and Community in Digital Studies” with Huan He, Kevin Winstead, David Adelman, Aaron Dial, Jeff Nagy, Rianna Walcott, and Brandy Pettijohn

This event is free and open to the public. The DISCO Summit provides a platform for scholars, students, artists, practitioners, activists, and community members to convene and engage in dialogue about racial inequality, histories of exclusion, disability justice, techno-ableism, and digital racial politics within the academy, the technology industry, and beyond. We especially welcome individuals whose interests lie in the intersection of the digital and identity and have found difficulties pursuing their endeavors at their home institutions.

For more information about the event, including accessibility and schedule, please see the DISCO Summit page on the DISCO Network website. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Cherice Chan, DISCO Network Program Coordinator, at chericec@umich.edu.


Event Co-sponsors

Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of Communication and Media, Department of English Literature and Language, Department of Film, Television, and Media, Department of History, Department of History of Art, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Science, Technology, and Society Program, University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies, Center for Racial Justice, Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, Spectrum Center, Marsal Family School of Education Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity, Computer Science and Engineering, Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing, and the Institute for Research on Women & Gender



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