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APASA Cafe: "Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet's Margins"

Updated: Jun 26, 2023


Topic: "Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet's Margins"

Speaker: Lindsay Ems

When: Friday, March 3, 2023, 12 to 1 PM Eastern Time

Where: Via Zoom or teleconference

Description: The Amish are famous for their disconnection from the modern world and all its devices. But, as Lindsay Ems shows in her new book, Virtually Amish, Old Order Amish today are selectively engaging with digital communication technology. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted in two Old Order Amish settlements in Indiana, Ems finds that the Amish do not allow digital communication technologies to drive their behavior; instead, they actively configure their sociotechnical world to align with their values and protect their community's autonomy. This talk will explore the various decisions made by members of Amish communities to guide digital communication technology use in an effort to maintain community wellness.

Register: Registration is required to attend; click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski ( for a call-in number.


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