THiCC x Logic(s) Liberatory Tech Fellows

Update: The THiCC Fellowship has completed for 2024. We'll be updating about applications in the Fall.

Logic(s) is thrilled to unveil an innovative and groundbreaking collaboration with The Human in Computing and Cognition (THiCC) lab at Penn State University.

Directed by Dr. Christopher L Dancy, the THiCC Lab is a consortium dedicated to exploring the intersection of computing and cognition within the human context, with a particular emphasis on advancing theories and thought rooted in the Black Radical Tradition. This distinctive focus creates a uniquely fertile ground for our partnership to flourish.

Together, Logic(s) and THiCC will champion a Liberatory Tech Fellowship, welcoming graduate-level Computing and Engineering students to join the Logic(s) editorial board. In this role, they will serve as technical consultants, contributing their expertise to the magazine's content. By combining the critical tech insights of our editors with the advanced knowledge of THiCC fellows in engineering and computer science, we’re excited to produce work that delves into complex technologies while engaging with the theoretical frameworks embedded in tech and its racialized impact.

Moreover, these fellows will contribute to our Tech Explainer column, translating doctoral-level research from contributing scholars into accessible language for a broader audience. While each Logic(s) piece already undergoes extensive fact-checking, this new column will deepen our capacity to convey specialized knowledge to those most affected by these technical systems. Through this collaboration, our goal is to provide a crucial intervention in bridging the gap between the humanities and the technical realm.

With THiCC, Logic(s) is excited to reaffirm our commitment to delivering critical technology content rooted in groundbreaking editorial excellence, fortified by a robust layer of technical expertise. We are energized by the prospect of making technological topics more accessible while grounding our critique and radical transformations in a profound understanding of the technology under critique. By dismantling the perceived gap between the technical and humanities, we affirm the significance of addressing technological violence and possibility through an interdisciplinary approach, fostering a cross-pollinating learning community jointly dedicated to shaping a better future.

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Q: How long is the fellowship?

A: The fellowship spans 6 months, with anticipated follow-on activities involving fellows after its conclusion.

Q: How are fellows selected?

A: Fellows undergo an internal application process at Penn State, where selection is based on their demonstrated interest and skills in establishing connections between computing systems and systems of oppression.

Q: Are fellows paid?

A: Yes, fellows receive a $2,000 stipend throughout the 6-month tenure. Additionally, they have access to $2,000 in research funds for activities related to the fellowship.

Q: Do fellows have to be current PhD students? Do you have to be enrolled at Penn State to apply?

A: While fellows are not strictly required to be PhD students, the time commitment and expertise needed typically align with graduate-level studies. All applicants must be currently enrolled at Penn State.

Q: Are Masters students open to apply?

A: Absolutely, we welcome applications from Masters students and look forward to their potential participation in future cycles.

Q: Is industry experience accepted in lieu of graduate study?

A: For this inaugural cycle, enrollment at Penn State was a prerequisite. However, we are exploring the possibility of opening this opportunity to individuals with industry experience who are not enrolled in a graduate program for future cycles.