Digital Literacy with Amber Berson
Instructor: Amber Berson
Saturday, May 6, 2023
11 AM to 1PM
Online | Zoom
There is a significant gender gap on Wikipedia. These well-documented gender inequities are most apparent in the under-representation of women and non-binary artists on Wikipedia and its sister projects and they directly contribute to a bias in content and language and the erasure of knowledge and history. Projects like Art+Feminism help to train editors to counter gender bias, creating greater digital literacy and knowledge equity in participants. In this presentation and workshop led by Amber Berson, an advisor at Art+Feminism, a project that works for a more equitable Wikipedia, you will learn the importance of not just how to edit but how to read Wikipedia, and the ways activism is helping to address the platform’s systemic biases. Next, Berson will lead a 45-minute workshop on how to edit the tenth most visited website in the world. No experience is necessary and this event is open to people of all gender identities and expressions.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and art historian interested in digital advocacy and alternative governance models in the arts. She most recently curated Souper Spaghetti (2021, with Manon Tourigny), Utopia as Method (2018); World Cup! (2018); The Let Down Reflex (2016-2018, with Juliana Driever); TrailMix (2014, with Eliane Ellbogen); *~._.:*JENNIFER X JENNIFER*:.~ (2013, with Eliane Ellbogen); The Annual Art Administrator’s Relay Race (2013, with Nicole Burisch); The Wild Bush Residency (2012–14); and was the 2016 curator-in-residence as part of the France-Quebec Cross-Residencies at Astérides in Marseille, France. She is an advisor at Art+Feminism, a project that works for a more equitable Wikipedia, and was the 2019-2020 Wikipedian in Residence at Concordia University. She is also the Executive Director at The Visual Arts Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
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