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Designing a Curriculum for Intercitizenships

About the project

Designing a Curriculum for Intercitizenships is a collaborative and creative research project to envision an open-source curriculum for individuals, communities and organisations working in media, tech and cultural ecosystems, looking to cultivate responsible, regenerative and solidary ways of being, thinking and doing to address the environmental emergency in an intersectional justice framework. The first stage of this project is supported by a Community Building grant from the Mozilla Foundation.

The project is a follow-up of ‘Imagining Intercitizenships’ , the theme of IAM Weekend 21, the conference we organised in November 2021 as a proposal to collectively envision sustainable futures for the internet(s).


Through an inclusive, critical and collective reimagination of the interrelationships between complex systems of power, energy-data infrastructures and narrative identities, the aim of this project is to create the conditions for the emergence of distributed, interconnected collective learning groups that encourage conscious climate action and communal healing across, between and beyond borders.

Who is this for?

Our intention is to create a resource for individuals, communities and organisations working in the digital media and cultural ecosystems, with a particular focused on professionals coming from or identified with marginalised groups who are under-represented in these industries:

  • Media: journalists, editors, publishers, photo/videographers, writers
  • Tech: digital designers, developers, gig workers, researchers, data scientists
  • Cultural ecosystems: artists, researchers, curators, cultural producers

Project vision

We are currently in an early exploratory phase, but our aim is to evolve this curriculum in modular, scalable and long-term ways, expanding the reach of the outputs to different languages, contexts, collaborators and partners.

In a second phase, we would like to produce and commission the course materials and communication assets needed to run an open call and organise a pilot co-laboratory to test the first version of the curriculum.

We are looking for long-term funding to continue developing this vision. Contact us if you are interested.


As part of a 6-month creative research process, we have been doing a series of interviews with specialists in different fields that will help us identify key topics, perspectives, references and priorities on the different subjects and possible approaches to designing the curriculum.

List of invited collaborators:
Xiaowei Wang
Dr. Kari Grain
Camila Nobrega
Dr. Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo
Dr. Mél Hogan

Some of these interviews have been recorded and will be released online under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), as part of the documentation of the project.


The following list of resources related to the topics we aim to address with the curriculum has been recommended by our contributors.

If you want to recommend other resources, please submit them via email to Thank you!

[BOOK] Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. 2018. M Archive: After the End of the World Duke University Press 

[ARTICLE] Suárez Estrada, Marcela  & Sebastián Lehuedé (2022) “Towards a Terrestrial Internet: re-imagining digital networks from the ground up” Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society, DOI: 10.1080/25729861.2022.2139913

[WEBSITE] Critical Studies of the Cloud: 

[ARTICLE] Monserrate, Steven Gonzalez. 2022.  “The Cloud Is Material: On the Environmental Impacts of Computation and Data Storage”   

[BOOK] Amoore, Louise. 2020. Ethics Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others Duke 

[BOOK] Hu, Tung.-Hui. 2015. A Prehistory of the Cloud. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. 

[BOOK] Parks, Lisa, and Nicole Starosielski, eds. 2015. Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

[BLOG POST] Hogan, Mél, Dustin Edwards, and Zane Griffin Talley Cooper. 2022. “5 Things about Critical Data Center Studies: On elemental thinking” Published on Oct 31, 2022 

[YOUTUBE-AUDIO] Hogan, Mél and Sean Willett. 2018-2021. “The Data Center Industrial Complex (DCIC)” 

[YOUTUBE-VIDEO] Bridges, Lauren. 2022. “Toxic Clouds and Dirty Data”

[BOOK] Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating, A Light in the Dark: Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality (Duke University Press, 2015).

[BOOK] Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir (Spiegel & Grau, 2009).

[BOOK] Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Hope (Continuum, 1994).

[BOOK] Grain, K. M., & Land, D. E. (2017). The social justice turn: Cultivating 'critical hope'in an age of despair. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 23(1).

[BOOK] Kelsey, E. (2020). Hope matters: Why changing the way we think is critical to solving the environmental crisis. Greystone Books Ltd.

[EVENT] Porto Alegre, International Free Software Forum

[PAPER] Infrastructure studies:

[PROJECT] New project for National Science Foundation:

[PAPER] Computing from the South:

[ARTICLE] On the method of using digital objects for sociocultural research:

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We are looking for long-term funding to continue developing this vision.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more.

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