The Border e-Model: Teaching Multiple Literacies, Retrieving Information and Building Ethnic Cybercommunities
In the teaching of composition, literature and ethnic studies, new curricular materials related to digital culture are being developed. We hope to contribute to the fields of Internet Studies and Critical Pedagogy by calling on both developers of better search engines and educators involved in digital literacy to address philosophical questions, specifically in relation to ontology in its different uses in the fields of philosophy and computer science. We turn to the history of mathematics to interrogate notational systems and logic, and to the history of colonization of the United States to interrogate how an understudied ethnic community, the Melungeon community, may be implicated, we speculate, in how a kabbalistic mathematical figure known as The Tree of Life became associated with Powhatan and Sir Thomas Harriot. We address C.S. Peirce's work in relation to that of G. Spencer-Brown's Laws of Form. The Border e-Model has been developed out of over twenty years of research in the areas of semiotics, holography, the work of Deleuze and Guattari, Chicana/o literature, Latin American literature, critical pedagogy and border theory. We invite early adopters to experiment in their classrooms with the Border e-Model. Our preliminary results of a two semester project in Chicana/o composition and literature (Chicana/o and Latin American) are presented along with our proposal for a Linux lab to be built and made available to non-computer science major and Chicana/o students at San Diego State University at the Calexico campus.
Keywords: Holography, Semiotics, Internet studies, Internet standards and protocols, Soft modelling problems, Ontology, Computer ontologies, Chicana/o literature, Latin American literature, Ethnic cybercommunities, Critical pedagogy
Prof. D. Emily Hicks
Professor, Chicana/o Studies English and Comparative Literature (joint appointment), Latin American Studies, San Diego State University
Founder and CEO, Linuxopedia