Call for 2020-2021 Cohort Members!

The Palah Light Lab at the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study welcomes an interdisciplinary, creative, and diverse community of artists, academics, and activists to join the 2020/2021 cohort of members. Our mission includes a commitment to political engagement and social justice through poetry, participation, gaming, and pedagogy. In particular, our lab has an emphasis on gaming and poetry and the innovative ways technology and equity can intersect in participatory ways. We are interested in working with individuals working in these fields and utilizing these approaches. Utilizing a feminist and queer-centered approach, we are interested in design and scholarship anchored in the humanities and scholarship informed by transdisciplinary practices. We are open to and encourage applicants in and out of academia, at any stage. International applicants are also welcome. Palah Light Lab centers the question of equity at the forefront of our work, and we seek to creatively and critically engage new media in experimental ways that address pressing social issues and injustices. 

Based out of the University of Buffalo (SUNY) Department of Media Study, Palah Light Lab is funded by SUNY Diversity Faculty Fellowship and co-led by Dr. Margaret Rhee and Dr. Cody Mejeur (Associate Director). Our graduate lab leads include Blair Johnson (English) and Leonardo Brida (DMS). To apply please fill out the form below.  For more information, see our website: https://ubwp.buffalo.edu/palahlight/about/

This year, the Palah Light Lab cohorts will consist of a small group of researchers, artists, and activists who join the Palah Light Lab for a year (or longer) to join our creative, intellectual, and political community. Members will receive access to community meetings, training, workshops, resources, and community from the lab space by virtual membership. Cohorts are invited to work on the lab’s ongoing projects, and/or to work on their own projects in creative, feminist, and queer new media with lab support and in conversation together. 

Lab Members Receive Access To 

  • Monthly Community Meetings
  • Workshops for training and mentoring
  • Opportunities for collaborations and movement building 
  • Optional writing group and creative group – space for critique and feedback
  • Skill share
  • Network of affiliated labs
  • Opportunity to write for the lab blog,  podcast, and leadership
  • Contribute to ongoing projects, such as video games, tangible computing poetry projects 
  •  Creative and scholarly community emphasizing diversity, innovation, and social justice 

What We Ask For

  • Participation in the monthly meetings
  • Rotating participation in leading the meetings (ie facilitation, notes, agenda)
  • Sharing projects
  • Providing feedback on others’ work/projects
  • Commitment to diversity, innovation, acceptance, and social justice 

If you have any questions or concerns as you complete this application, please contact Palahlightlab@gmail.com, Cody Mejeur (codymeje@buffalo.edu), or Margaret Rhee (mrhee@buffalo.edu

Members are committed to creative and intellectual conversations in a new media community committed to questions on justice guided and generosity, and questioning structures of power through creative and critical response. Committed to diversity, we activity seek and welcome Black, Indigenious, People of Color, Women, LGBTQIA, persons with disabilities, and other people at the intersections of these identities.

Applications will be accepted through November 16, 2020 11:59 pm, Eastern Time. 

Google Form Application Link: https://bit.ly/33ASd3P

Spanish Translation: 

Solicitud para formar parte del laboratorio de Palah Light 2020-2021

Este formulario funciona como aplicación para unirse al grupo de miembros del laboratorio, investigadores y artistas de Palah Light Lab 2020-2021. Las miembros de Palah Light Lab consisten en un pequeño grupo de investigadores, artistas y activistas que se unen al Palah Light Lab durante un año (o más) y reciben capacitación, talleres y comunidad dentro del laboratorio. Se invita a los participantes a trabajar en los proyectos en curso del laboratorio y / o a trabajar en sus propios proyectos en nuevos medios creativos, feministas y queer con el apoyo del laboratorio. Estamos abiertos a postulantes dentro y fuera de la academia, en cualquier etapa de formación. Los solicitantes internacionales también son bienvenidos.

Palah 파랗 Light Lab es un espacio creativo y crítico que fomenta la poesía, la participación y la pedagogía a través de la tecnología y la equidad. Utilizando un enfoque feminista y queer, estamos interesados ​​en el diseño anclado en las humanidades y el conocimiento informado por prácticas y tecnología transdisciplinarias. Palah Light Lab pone la cuestión de la equidad en el centro de su trabajo, y busca involucrar de manera creativa y crítica a los nuevos medios de manera experimental para abordar problemas urgentes  en el ámbito social y de injusticias. Con sede en el Departamento de Estudios de Medios de la Universidad de Buffalo, Palah Light Lab está financiado por la Beca de la Facultad de Diversidad de SUNY y dirigido por la Dra. Margaret Rhee. El laboratorio está codirigido por el director asociado, el Dr. Cody Mejeur, y Blair Johnson (Departamento de inglés) como líder del laboratorio de posgrado. El laboratorio promueve la creatividad, la guia y la colaboración feministas a través de un espacio creativo. Para obtener más información, consulte nuestro sitio web: https://ubwp.buffalo.edu/palahlight/about/

Lo que ofrecemos:

  • Reuniones grupales mensuales
  • Talleres de formación y tutoría
  • Oportunidades de colaboraciones
  • Grupo de redacción – espacio de crítica y retroalimentación
  • Compartir habilidades
  • Red de laboratorios afiliados
  • Oportunidad de escribir para el blog y liderazgo
  • Contribuir a proyectos en curso, como videojuegos, proyectos de poesía y podcast de laboratorio.

Lo que pedimos

  • Participar en las reuniones mensuales
  • Rotación de participación en la conducción de las reuniones (es decir, facilitación, notas, agenda)
  • Compartir proyectos
  • Proporcionar comentarios sobre el trabajo / proyectos de otros

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud mientras completa esta solicitud, comuníquese con Palahlightlab@gmail.com, Margaret Rhee (mrhee@buffalo.edu) o Cody Mejeur (codymeje@buffalo.edu).

Las solicitudes se aceptarán hasta el 16 de noviembre de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m., hora del este.

Aplicación: https://bit.ly/33ASd3P

Graduation 2020

Palah Light Lab congratulates two of our graduating Light Labbers: Awa Sow and Andrea Pagan. We are grateful for all the work and research they contributed to the lab. Their presence will be missed as they move forward into the post-Buffalo beyond. 

Awa Sow graduates this May with a BS in Biological Sciences. Awa’s interests are in queer and film studies, and she worked on several related projects over the course of the semester. First, she facilitated the planning and visit of Alex Juhasz and Kat Chairs for their screening and talk, “Metanoia: Aids, Women, Incarceration and Video Activism,” as part of Buffalo’s PLASMA series. Awa also helped research the finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, for which PLL founder Margaret Rhee was a judge this year. 

Andrea Pagan will defend her thesis project this August for her MFA in Media Study. She specializes in physical computing and installation work. 

In the lab, she applied her expertise to helping update and re-install “The Kimchi Poetry Machine,” a 2014 tangible-computing project by Margaret Rhee. Andrea also worked on compiling grant research and helping to research funding sources for the future of Palah Light Lab.