Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR)

The Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR) serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for MSU scholarship that critically engages questions of diversity in a digital age.

Research facilitated by CEDAR is grounded in a nuanced, intersectional approach to representing human difference as well as a skepticism over any essentialist framing of the ‘human.’ The consortium advances transformative scholarship and creative activity at the intersections of self/society, digital/material, technology/culture rooted in the recognition that race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and other forms of difference are central to digitally engaged student learning in the 21st century.

CEDAR embodies an ethos of critical diversity that emphasizes creative openness rather than simple inclusion in pre-existing structures—and this openness is predicated on a deep commitment to diverse peoples, cultures, epistemologies, expressions of selves and relations, and forms of expression as well as forms of scholarship.

More specifically, CEDAR provides a research infrastructure that:

  • Fosters collaborative and collective work around increasing diversity and accessibility of Digital Arts and Humanities scholarship and of digital spaces;
  • Uses digital technologies to engage with diverse scholarly and creative texts and practices;
  • Works critically with digital archives to engage issues of different epistemologies and cultural values and;
  • Serves as a participatory network oriented firmly toward innovative and creative engagement with our community for social action.

CEDAR members research and create either a specific project or a specific area of inquiry within digital culture/critical diversity. We welcome both open-ended exploration and more focused (grant-inclusive) research projects. Our members mentor and teach, looking always to enrich possible futures. We include graduate and undergraduate students as active collaborators in our work, learning from them as we teach and explore. We cultivate a peer-to-peer mentoring culture because we have much to learn from each other, and mentoring means learning within and from our partners outside the University. Discussions are held regularly to foster cross-disciplinary exchange and to build community. More important, we provide formal and informal links with the University community and the larger service area to develop possible creative collaborations between project researchers/artists and the region. We are committed to bridging any divide between what is seen as the interior life of the University and the public life of the world in which it lives.