Submissions:2019/Citizen TALES* Commons: A Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Model of Ethical, Reliable and Inclusive Production and Dissemination of Knowledge Around Issues of Citizenship Today

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Citizen TALES* Commons: A Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Model of Ethical, Reliable and Inclusive Production and Dissemination of Knowledge Around Issues of Citizenship Today


Reliability of Information
+ Relationship Building & Support
+ Inclusion and Diversity
+ Editor Recruitment & Retention
+ Tech & Tools

Type of session:



Amidst the rising tension of exclusion, discrimination, harassment, and borders of all kinds by gendered political arguments and their strong influences on today’s society and academia, especially in the United States, there is an urgency for reliable data and accurate information sources on multicultural characteristics of the concept of citizenship, to support and promote inclusive and diverse understanding in (higher) education, academia and everyday life. Objective, verifiable, accurate, complete, precise and timely data and information on migrant and foreign-born citizens have a very significant potential to analyze, criticize and re-conceptualize inclusive citizenship. Yet these types of data lag behind in today’s education, academia and society. In order to be able to reverse this problematic and traumatic landscape, collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches and models, based on human-centered design and open communication platform and supported through partnership with relevant research and cultural institutions can provide us a fertile ground to critically examine existing information sources on citizenship issues from various perspectives and to produce new solutions to their new, reliable versions for our collective future. Citizen TALES Commons provides such a paradigm. In this panel, three Citizen TALES Commons members-scholars, Dr. Meral Ekincioglu, Dr. Vassiliki Rapti and Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso, will elaborate on their collaborative and multi-disciplinary model revolving around issues of citizenship in the service of the public good: they will discuss current problems in their respective fields by means of reliable information on an inclusive and multicultural concept of citizenship and they will offer solutions through their research findings, case studies and theses and collaboration. Following this panel, they will offer a participatory workshop that will actively engage their audience in order to create an inclusive communication platform that will exemplify the innovative model Citizen TALES Commons offers in regards to the reliability and incredibility of information sources on citizenship.

TALES: Translators/Artists/Ludics Learners/Explorers/Storytellers

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Author name:

Dr. Vassiliki Rapti, Dr. Meral Ekincioglu and Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Boston University, MIT, Emerson College, Boston Architecture Academy, Harvard University

Estimated time:

90 minutes

Preferred room size:

Any type would work but flexible space would be appreciated

Special requests:

wi-fi and projector

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

This will be the first time we will present our collaborative model of production and dissemination of knowledge based on reliable research data. The second time will be in March 2020 during the 51st NeMLA Conference in Boston.

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)