Months in the making, I’m so proud to share the inaugural Art+Feminism report on reliable sources and marginalized communities on French, English and Spanish Wikipedias. This report is the capstone of an intersectional feminist research project that I led with Amber Berson and Melissa Tamani , co-leads at Art+Feminism. So lucky to work with fantastic collaborators! We were supported by a brave and engaged advisory board. Our effort was partially funded by WikiCred and among other important efforts to understand source reliability and trust in our fraught, commercial information ecosystem.

Our research identifies several painful paradoxes; ultimately, we claim the…

Two readings: one written, one of what may be written. A novel to finish, Turkish coffee grounds to use to read the future. Though I haven’t ventured into the mysteries of prophesy, the siren song of the knowing prediction calls to me, as it does to many of us. And I’m all too aware of the economic and technical apparatuses that do data-driven predictive analytics. It’s funny, my years of studying Western technologies and cultural practices have made me less skeptical and more curious about older, othered technologies of prophasizing. The coffee grounds. The stars. The story. …

It was a last minute trip south. With four of us masked and two of us vaccinated, in late June we planned to travel — finally. To jointly commemorate my circles around the sun and celebrate — a year later — that I completed my doctorate.

In May 2020, I defended my degree in an oversized shirt to mask the sweat of panic. Sheltering in place in the basement, I was teaching from home. N was working from home. The children, out of school and daycare, were just home. We told them to help themselves to goldfish crackers and watch…

How can literature be a love letter for change? Two weeks ago, I attended an online literary event where this was a central question with Hugo House. The event, “Writing Off the Patriarchy,” featured four fantastic local writers: Sonora Jha, Kristen Millares Young, Soniah Kamal, and Stuart Getty.

The conversations raised hard questions: How do we carry our grief? What does it look like? How do we grapple with the pain of being expected to protect abusers in our lives? The pain of estrangement, of betrayal?

There were tears. Bravery. An active chat channel and dozens of heart emojis.

chairs on a grass hill overlooking river and surrounding hills in a pink dusk.

People have lived along this river for ten millennia. In several indigenous languages, its name translates to ‘big river;’ in Upper Chinook, the name is Wimahl, in Sahaptin, Nch’iWana or Nchi wana, in Sinixt swah’netk’qhu. The the north bank is Skamania, which comes from the word for ‘swift waters’ in Upper Chinook.

Seven took this photo from a gorge carved years ago near the Bridge of the Gods. Ours was a spirited and wonderful visit. The waters were calm, the winds did pickup. We hiked daily.

Upon return, I notice the photographs documenting our stay at a picturesque lodge are…

Work culture of the 2010s is over, whether or not we go “back to normal.” But in the last few years of the decade, I was immersed in research and analysis of remote freelance writing work in English after the 2008 Recession. With the massive — and uneven — social changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on workplaces, my findings are all too prescient on what was, and is yet, to come.

Papers with typed words, handwriting in margins.

So I’m sharing them. My dissertation manuscript (link at end of story) is available under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license. This means you’re not allowed to make…

I want to be read so I read into everything

I am stretching myself out this year into creative writing. I've harbored the desire to write stories for years. Now, I have released that desire. It no longer has safe harbor. This makes me feel unhinged, which is a necessary danger.

Book cover on dried grass, Outline by Rachel Cusk, with shadow of dinosaur tail over book.
Caption: Lately, I want to be read and I've been reading into everything. The appearance of things is powerful.

I've looked for fellow travelers. “We need you,” wrote Sabrina Orah Mark in an email for a workshop I took with her. To be needed moves me to action. Since, I have been writing avalanches of words — raw and strange. …

My latest piece for Data Journalism, "The Promise of Wikidata," describes the difference between the promise of Wikidata and how it actually works.

While the piece is written for journalists, the style is easy-to-read (imho). There are excellent quotes, visuals, and screenshares. Anyone curious about the hype around this machine-readable linked open data set and what it can and can't do right now will find this a useful starting place.

I like to write using examples. And I am purposeful in the examples I use. In this piece, I write about Accra, Ghana; Polish women protesting the abortion ban; research…

On May 20, 2020, six months ago, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation. This was a huge moment for me. I am still elated. Not long after, my efforts in public scholarship were recognized with a special prize from an anonymous donor.

The six months since have been busy. In September, I joined Art+Feminism to co-lead an important research project on Wikipedia’s reliable source guidelines and marginalized communities, funded by WikiCred. Last week I led the Town Hall Community Conversation in English (French and Spanish are held separately). Our conversation was powerful, and indexed a palpable sense of outrage among…

Monika Sengul-Jones

Independent Writer and Scholar.

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