Palah 파랗 Light Lab is a creative and critical space that fosters poetry, participation, and pedagogy through technology and equity. As a knowledge-design, new media, and poetry lab, the Palah Light Lab investigates critical questions in cultural criticism along with the networked arts and humanities. Utilizing a feminist and queer-centered approach, we are interested in design anchored in the humanities and scholarship informed by transdisciplinary practices and technology. 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 Department of Media Study, Palah Light Lab is funded by SUNY Diversity Faculty Fellowship and led by Dr. Margaret Rhee. The lab is co-led by Associate Director Dr. Cody Mejeur, and Members Andrea Pagan (DMS), Blair Johnson (English), and Awa Sow (DMS). The lab promotes feminist creativity, mentorship, and collaboration through a creative space.

On-going projects:

 *   From the Center (Jail Based Work)

 *   The Kimchi Poetry Machine (Part II) 

 *   Social Practice Workshops for graduate students in arts, humanities, and technology studies

 *   Trans Folks Walking, a 3D, first person narrative video game about trans experiences 

 *   Editorial book and academic journal projects

 *   Development of technologies/practices in equity 

 *   Community art events and discussions

A lab meeting on Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic, April 2020. From top left: Cody, Awa, Andrea, Margaret, and Blair.