CFP Plagiarism and Digital Culture

The MediaCommons Front Page Collective welcomes responses to the survey question: How does digital culture affect and/or reimagine the concept of plagiarism?


Much of the conversation in the chronicle and other academic venues would lead one to believe that plagiarism is (and might always have been) an arms race where technology offers opportunities both for students to be more creative in plagiarism and teachers to be more adept at finding it. Likewise, while many courses discuss plagiarism either in class or on the syllabus, plagiarism continues, with students occasionally even turning in their own professor’s work. This survey is interested in ways in which plagiarism tools do/do not function to locate plagiarism, but also in how digital culture calls into question issues of what plagiarism means or how students and teacher see plagiarism in a digital age. Likewise, the discussion of plagiarism within academia is different but shares similarities with discussions of copyright. We welcome survey responses on experiences, projects, and theorizations on plagiarism and digital media.


Responses may include:

·         Class lessons on plagiarism that would be useful

·         Discussions of how plagiarism is handled in your classes

·         Changes in institutional perspectives on plagiarism

·         Discussions of how digital culture as it stands influences student perspectives on plagiarism


The project will run from March 3rd through March 21st. Responses are 400-600 words and typically focus on introducing an idea for larger discussion, with the idea that interested individuals will read responses daily. Proposals may be brief (a few sentences) and should state your topic and approach. You may submit as an individual or offer up a special cluster of responses with others. Submit proposals to by February 15th to be considered for inclusion in this project.


In case you are unfamiliar with MediaCommons, we are an experimental project created in 2006 by Drs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo, seeking to envision how a born-digital scholarly press might re-conceptualize both the processes and end-products of scholarship. MediaCommons was initially developed in collaboration with the Institute for the Future of the Book through a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and is currently supported by New York University’s Digital Library Technology Services through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site regularly receives tens of thousands of unique readers a month.

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