DISCO Field Reviews

A collaboration between Just Tech and the DISCO Network

The DISCO (Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, and Optimism) Network is a Mellon-funded intergenerational and multidisciplinary group of researchers, artists, and practitioners dedicated to analyzing the intersections of race, gender, disability, and technology. We start from the perspective that racism and ableism are at the heart of digital industries, implicit throughout development, implementation, and user culture. Our five labs are collectively engaged in developing new digital methods, public programming, and critical frameworks that envision anti-racist and anti-ableist technological futures.

In these Field Reviews, developed in collaboration with Just Tech, members of the DISCO Network unpack emerging configurations of technology, difference, and power. From the implicit whiteness of technological wellness, to the colonial history that props up cryptogaming, to better means for building robust archives of Black digital culture; from manifestoes for crip care to multimedia essays exploring digital generation loss and genetic inheritance, the eight reviews in the series showcases the theoretical and methodological breadth of the scholars who comprise the Network.