5th 2023Naming and Muddling: Messiness as Pedagogy
This post was first published on the APA Blog and is reprinted here with permission.
In my first year of graduate studies I took a seminar called Feminist Methods taught by Elisabeth Paquette. This course was paradigm shifting for me as a new grad student. Of course, the content was and remains indispensable to me. At the same time, I quickly discovered that the way the course was operated was equally as valuable as the content of the course.
24th 2023Japanese Anarcha-Feminism through the Seitō Literary Magazine
Presented at Marquette University's Graduate Philosophy Conference on Hidden Figures
The Japanese feminist literary magazine Seitō was in publication over a period of five years with issues spanning from 1911 to 1916. While in distribution, the publication was home to the works of over 110 contributors, with writings spanning poetry, translated Western literature, philosophy, political critique, and short stories. The literature of the Seitō magazine was firmly rooted in practical philosophy—the kind of philosophy that is instrumentalized to bring about meaningful change. Through Seitō, “doing” philosophy becomes an embodied experience involving one's whole self—a philosophy deeply involved in the blood and tears of struggle and capable of reaching through oppression into liberation.
15th 2022Japanese Ethical Philosophy and Algorithm Design
Presented at the Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Japanese ethical philosophy from the Kyoto School, specifically from that of Watsuji, allows for us to consider what data and algorithmic design ethics would look like if we imagine how to ethically consider those around us in digital latent space (e.g. how a machine learning model may organize us). Utilizing an ethical framework that is equipped to handle the tension between the individual and the between-ness will prove invaluable in identifying how systems fail individuals and society writ large.
5th 2021OCR for Classical Japanese Caligraphy
Classifying character sets with 49 distinct classes
Kuzushiji is a form of classical Japanese writing that is analogous to older forms of cursive in English. It's no longer used as a common form of writing, but is present in religious calligraphy and classical literature.