Positionality and site specificity

James Parker
March 21, 2024


It is essential to write and read from somewhere. This somewhere could be as granular or broad as possible. It could be a particular neighborhood in a city, a country, or a transnational geography. Pluralizing curricula also means understanding knowledge production as site-specific. Continuing from the example about NLP in 1a3b: NLP would look very different in the Cold War US, for content moderation against hate speech by social media platforms in different contexts, to surveil Uygurs in China, or to develop voice-based platforms for non-literate populations in multilingual India. All of these contexts require their own analysis and space in curricula.