Vetter Awarded Scholarship to Speak at WikiConference North America

Posted on 10/22/2018 12:02:19 PM

The Wiki Education Foundation awarded Matthew Vetter (English Composition and Applied Linguistics) a scholarship to speak at WikiConference North America, a continental conference attended by Wikipedia and Wikimedia enthusiasts.

Vetter delivered two talks at the conference, hosted by Ohio State University Libraries and Columbus Metropolitan Libraries on October 18–21, 2018.

His presentation "Wikipedia’s Gender Gap and Disciplinary Praxis: Representing Women Scholars in Digital Rhetoric and Writing Fields" reported on an attempt to interrogate Wikipedia's gender gaps as they manifest in discipline-specific representations, especially representations related to the academic fields of computers and writing, digital literacy, and digital rhetoric.

In a second talk, Vetter collaborated with colleague Alexandria Lockett (Spelman College) to present "Organizing and Researching Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons: Towards More Equitable Models of Engagement." This workshop-style presentation offered participants materials and strategies to assist with project management of edit-a-thons. Drawing on their experience organizing and researching Art+Feminism edit-a-thons at their respective institutions, Vetter and Lockett also emphasized methods for promoting an increase in editor recruitment and more sustained equitable participation in Wikipedia.

Department of English