and if you’re in San Francisco

…come on down to the American Educational Research Associate conference (some 30,000 intl attendees!) and catch PI Dr Megan Boler discussing our SMRT research team’s preliminary findings on a panel titled “DIY Media & Youth Engagement.”

WHEN: Saturday April 27 at 2:15 pm. WHERE: Building/Room: Grand Hyatt, Ballroom Level – Grand Ballroom West  http://tinyurl.com/c78aptk

Dr. Boler’s talk,”From Apathy to Occupy Wall Street to 4th Wave Feminism: Youth Practices of Social Media and Participatory Democracy” will discuss new findings from our 20 interviews with women activists from the west and east coasts.  Our research questions include: How are social media shaping new, hybrid (on and offline) social movements? How is “horizontalism” as an organizational structure effecting the successes and challenges of movements such as Occupy Wall Street? What are the gender dynamics and women’s roles in Occupy movement? She will presenting alongside wonderful colleagues:

From Apathy to Occupy Wall Street to 4th Wave Feminism: Youth Practices of Social Media and Participatory Democracy

Megan Boler (University of Toronto)

Mirror Images: Avatar Aesthetics and Self-Representation in Digital Games

Suzanne de Castell (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

Raising the Bar on “Voice” in a Troubled Community: Student Media Projects

Jennifer Jenson (York University)

DIY (Do It Yourself) Beyond the Screen: Creative, Critical, and Connected Making With E-Textiles

Yasmin B. Kafai (University of Pennsylvania)Kylie A. Peppler (Indiana University – Bloomington)

Embodied Semiosis: Autistic “Stimming” as Sensory Praxis

Jason D. Nolan (Ryerson University)Melanie C McBride (York University)

**This panel talk delivered by PI Dr Megan Boler comes Thanks to the superb and engaged collaborative work of the fabulous 2012-13 SMRT team of graduate researchers!