Talks

(Closed captioned version of above DML 2013 talk, “Mixed-Ability Maker Culture”)

Keynote Addresses and Panels

Alper, M. (2016, August). Creative computing for all (with Karen Brennan, moderator; Nick Giacobbe and Rhianon Gutierrez, co-panelists). Keynote panel at Scratch Conference, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA. [Video]

Alper, M. (2016, April). Universal design for learning. Keynote address at U.S. Department of Education Ready to Learn Grant Advisory Board Meeting. Twin Cities Public Television, Washington, DC.

Invited Talks

Alper, M. Giving voice: Mobile communication, disability, and inequality (Invited book talks after publication).

  • Presented at University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Annenberg Research Seminar, Los Angeles, CA (2017, August).
  • Presented (with Elizabeth Ellcessor, Indiana University) at Harvard University, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Cambridge, MA (2017, May).
  • Presented at University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2017, April)
  • Presented at Northeastern University, School of Law, Faculty Colloquia, Boston, MA (2017, April).
  • Presented at Data & Society Research Institute, New York, NY (2017, April).
  • Presented at University of North Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mary Junck Research Colloquium Series, Chapel Hill, NC (2017, January).

Alper, M. (2017, April). Augmenting communication for non-speaking youth with new media and popular culture. Tech Kids Unlimited, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY.

Alper, M. (2017, March). Growing up autistic in the digital age: Early fieldwork and findings. Northeastern Center for the Arts Faculty Lunchtime Colloquium. Boston, MA.

Alper, M. (2017, January). “Giving voice to the voiceless” makes me want to scream: On disability, inequality, and speech-generating devices. EMW Drink Salon on Tech & Ethics. Cambridge, MA.

Alper, M. (2016, October). The turn to “tween”: An age category and its cultural consequences (with Marah Gubar, moderator; Tyler Bickford, co-panelist). MIT Communications Forum, Cambridge, MA.

Alper, M. (2016, May). Reconsidering conversation: Mobile media as communication augmentations and alternatives. Department of Communication, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. [Video] [Captioned Video]

Alper, M. (2015, October). New directions in supporting digital youth with disabilities. Center on Media and Child Health, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA.

Alper, M. (2015, June). Playing with transmedia and gender in children’s storytelling. St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

Alper, M. (2015, January). Making a difference. One app at a time?: Disability, distinction, and domestic access. Microsoft Research New England, Social Media Collective, Cambridge, MA.

Alper, M. (2014, October). Augmenting communication for non-speaking youth with new media and popular culture. Department of Informatics, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA. [Video]

Alper, M. (2014, October). Giving “screen time” a time-out: Rethinking media use among youth with disabilities. Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Santa Ana, CA.

Alper, M. (2014, March). Digital media and early learning: “Greatest hits” 2014. UCLA Early Care and Education Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Alper, M. (2013, October). Youth with disabilities and their digital media use. New America Foundation, Washington, DC.

Alper, M. (2012, October). From Minnie Mouse to Minecraft: Children’s transmedia storytelling and play. Advertising Research Foundation Youth Forum, Burbank, CA.

Sponsored Workshops and Institutes

2016  |  Invited Participant, NSF Workshop on Youth, Learning, and Data Science, UC Berkeley.

2015  |  Participant, NSF-sponsored Doctoral Colloquium, iConference (annual Information School Conference).

2014  |  Participant, Oxford Internet Institute, Summer Doctoral Program.

Invited Conference Panelist

Alper, M. (2016, November). Bringing in disability to bring back class: Understanding media and technology for contemporary times and people. Plenary on Media and Class in the 21st Century  (with Erika Polson, moderator; Radhika Gajjala and Kishonna Gray, co-panelists) presented at National Communication Association Conference, Media & Class in the 21st Century Pre-Conference, Philadelphia, PA. [Slides]

Conference Presentations

Alper, M. (2017, May). Hearing synthetic speech as human: Disability, technology, and the politics of listening to computerized voice. International Communication Association, Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division, San Diego, CA. (Top Faculty Paper Award, Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division)

Alper, M. (2017, May). Making a case for iPad cases: Theorizing mobile accessories and materiality. International Communication Association, Mobile Communication Interest Group, San Diego, CA. (Top 8 Paper Award, Mobile Communication Interest Group)

Alper, M. (2016, October). The communicative value of recreational media use among children with complex communication needs. Society for Research in Child Development, Special Topic Meeting: Technology and Media in Children’s Development, Irvine, CA.

Katz, V., Alper, M., & Clark, L. S. (2016, October). Researching children, intersectionality, and diversity in the digital age. Society for Research in Child Development, Special Topic Meeting: Technology and Media in Children’s Development, Irvine, CA.

Alper, M. (2016, October). Disability, digital media, and the “home technology divide.” Digital Media and Learning Conference, Irvine, CA.

Goggin, G., & Alper, M. (2016, July). Disability, children, and new challenges to digital policy and human rights. International Association for Media and Communication Research Pre-Conference, Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age. London School of Economics, London, UK.

Alper, M., & Goggin, G. (2016, June). Children with disabilities: Rights, digital tech, freedoms. International Communication Association, Children, Adolescents and Media Division, Fukuoka, Japan.

Alper, M. (2015, June). “Repairs Not iPads”: Infrastructural breaks in school district deployment of tablets. Digital Media and Learning Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Alper, M. (2015, May). The trouble with “screen time”: Disability and the social construction of children’s mediated bodies. International Communication Association Conference, Popular Communication Division, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Alper, M. (2015, May). “There’s many ways that I know that he can read”: Towards an asset model of childhood disability and children’s media use. International Communication Association Conference, Children, Adolescents and Media Division, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Top 3 Poster Award, Children, Adolescents and Media Division)

Alper, M. (2015, May). Speak, spell, touch, tell: A history of mobile talking machines. International Communication Association Conference, Communication History Division, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Alper, M. (2014, May). Reconsidering theories of ICT adoption: The case of tablet-based augmentative and alternative communication devices. International Communication Association Conference, Theme Session, Seattle, WA.

Alper, M. (2014, May). Augmentative, alternative, and assistive: Reimagining mobile communication and disability. International Communication Association Conference, Mobile Communication Pre-Conference, Seattle, WA.

Alper, M. (2013, October). “Can Our Kids Hack It With Computers?”: Making hacking “family-friendly,” 1983-1987. Society for the History of Technology Conference, Portland, ME.

Alper, M. (2013, June). Making space in the makerspace: Building a mixed-ability maker culture. International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Workshop on Evaluating Accessibility in Fabrication Tools for Children, New York, NY. [PDF]

Alper, M., & Jennings, N. (2013, June). Young children’s positive and negative parasocial relationships with media characters. International Communication Association Conference, Children, Adolescents and Media Division, London, UK.

Holler, A., Götz, M., & Alper, M. (2013, June). Children’s preferences for TV show hosts: An international perspective on learning from television. International Communication Association Conference, Children, Adolescents and Media Division, London, UK.

Alper, M. (2013, May). War on Instagram: Framing mobile photography apps in embedded photojournalism. MIT Media in Transition Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Alper, M. (2013, March). Mixed-ability maker culture. Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago, IL.

Alper, M. (2012, March). Promoting emerging new media literacies among young children with blindness and visual impairments. Digital Media and Learning Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Alper, M. (2011, May). Representations of non-American “foreigners” in American children’s television. International Communication Association Conference, Children, Adolescents and Media Division, Boston, MA. (Top Student Paper Award, Children, Adolescents and Media Division) [PDF]

Alper, M. (2011, March).“There’s a nap for that!”: Parents’ YouTube videos of babies and toddlers using iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. Digital Media and Learning Conference, Long Beach, CA.