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CFP of Interest: Feminist (Un)Hacking

From the FemTechNet listserv:
Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) — CFP for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking

Editors: Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin

There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work, among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

With this special issue of the Journal of Peer Production, we hope to delve more deeply into these critiques to imagine new forms of feminist technical praxis that redefine these practices and/or open up new ones. How can we problematize hacking, tinkering, geeking and making through feminist theories and epistemologies? How do these practices, in fact, change when we begin to consider them through a feminist prism? Can we envision new horizons of practice and possibility through a feminist critique?
In this call, we understand feminist perspectives to be pluralistic, including intersectional, trans, genderqueer, and race-sensitive viewpoints that are committed to the central principles of feminism–agency, fulfillment, empowerment, diversity, and social justice.  We refer to the term hacking with a full understanding of its histories and limitations. That said, we use it provisionally to provoke, stimulate, and reimagine new possibilities for technical feminist practice. Hacking, as a form of subjectivity and a mode of techno-political engagement, has recently emerged as a site of intense debate, being equally lauded as a political ethos of freedom and slandered as an elitist form of expertise. These fervid economic and political ideals have been challenged and at times come under attack because they not only displace women and genderqueer within these technological communities but, more importantly, because they displace gendered forms of reflection and engagement.

CFP of Interest: Professing Feminism (online teaching and feminist pedagogy)

This call came across the FemTechNet listerv this morning and seems very interesting. I am a bit sad that I don’t teach online so I have nothing to submit. I look forward to reading the final product!

Call for Submissions
Professing Feminism: Teaching Through the Digital Divide
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014
Page limit 15-25 pages
Format: Email articles in MLA style. Double spaced. MSWord attachments only.
Contact: professingfeminism@hotmail.com

Professing Feminism, inspired by our own online teaching experiences in for-profit and not-for-profit higher education, will be a path-breaking anthology exploring feminist pedagogy and feminist content in online courses. Have you had experience teaching feminism online? How can your shared experience help facilitate the inclusion of feminist pedagogy and feminist content in the growth of online teaching that is rapidly mushrooming?

We are open to essays that both critique and positively evaluate the potential for professing feminism in online work, in a variety of contexts. Submissions can cover any aspect of the experience of feminism, feminist pedagogy, online teaching and online learning.
We are especially interested in articles that address the following topics:

  • Enacting a feminist pedagogy in online courses
  • Feminism and for-profit schools
  • Teaching other people’s feminism (teaching from prewritten courses in for-profit or not-for-profit online programs).
  • Providing feminist context in classes that include women’s literature, but provide no feminist context to the works.
  • Men and feminism in online classes.
  • Encouraging feminism in composition classes (or any classes where feminist content is rarely found or emphasized).
  • Academic hierarchy and feminism in online schools.
  • Feminist collaboration: issues of isolation, networking and publishing as an online adjunct
  • Addressing the stigma of teaching online and the divide between online and on ground schools and instructors.
  • Addressing the negative perceptions of online teaching.
  • The role of feminism in the new model of online teaching and for-profit schools
  • Feminism’s role within the job preparation emphasis in online schools

About the Editors:
Melissa Rigney has over 10 years online teaching and course development experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit higher education.In addition to a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska. She also has an M.S in Educational Technology from Texas A&M.

Batya Weinbaum holds a doctorate in English from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has been teaching feminism online since 2007, and has been editing the journal Femspec since 1997. Her scholarship, including writings on feminist pedagogy, has appeared in numerous venues, including Transformations, a journal of inclusive teaching practices. She has published three scholarly books, including a book with University of Texas Press, and has been included in numerous scholarly anthologies.

CFP of Interest: Gender, Globalization and the Digital

Postcolonial Digital Humanities | CFP: Ada Journal: Gender, Globalization and the Digital.

Deadline for essay submissions is September 30th. The review process is open and pretty short. Accepted essays are published the following May.

CFP of Interest: Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion

Call for papers Virtualis 9 | Departamento de Estudios Culturales.

This upcoming issue of Virtualis intends to expand the discourse on digital divide beyond quantifying access to the skills and literacies necessary to achieve inclusion.

Looking at past issues, it looks as though a range of methodologies are welcome: from study-based to critical/theoretical readings of policy, and so on.


CFP of Interest: Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference – May 1-3, 2014 – The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center – Blacksburg, Virginia

Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference – May 1-3, 2014 – The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center – Blacksburg, Virginia.

I have a feeling that May 1 – 3, 2014, Virginia Tech is going to be the place to be for those interested in gender and emerging media. Often when I see conference calls I think the conference sounds interesting but realize that to apply I would have to work up something new. Or I have something that would work, but the disciplinary lens of the conference does not quite match up with my methodologies. Not so in this case. For this conference I have to decide between multiple projects in progress.

CFP of Interest – Hip hop and punk feminisms

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Hip hop and punk feminisms.

This CFP came across the FemTechNet listserv last night or this morning.

Proposals due in August and conference is in December. I love the potential here. If MLA weren’t only a month later I would be trying to work up something to apply!

Note that papers at the conference will be considered for publication in an edited anthology.


Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion

I saw this on HASTAC and it seemed like readers here might know lots of possible nominees!


A Champion’s work may involve:

  • Being a positive role model in their community for younger kids.

  • Dedicating time to helping build programs and outlets that specifically engage youth from underrepresented communities in technology.

  • Taking time to mentor and inspire youth to think about a future career in technology.

  • Establishing programs that help connect youth with internships and job opportunities in the tech sector.

  • Working with libraries, museums, or other non-school partners to build

  • Maker spaces, design studios, or other safe spaces for using technology.

  • Building programs that recognize and honor young men and women for their accomplishments and interest in technology.

The deadline for nominations is July 1.

CFP of Interest: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Game Studies


This edited collection is interested in rethinking the role of race, gender, and sexuality in video game studies beyond typically reductive or divisive debates. Abstracts are due July 15, 2013 with full papers in October.

Call for Book Chapters on “Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepeneurial Opportunities”


This seems like an interesting opportunity to explore the ways that women may be leveraging the web to make money. The book seems to be looking for advice and experience and aimed at a general audience, rather than critical analysis for an academic audience. It would be interesting to see both grouped together.

LeGuin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship Call for Proposals

Click to access Le_Guin_Fellowship_guidelines.pdf

This seems pretty cool. The Knight Library at U of Oregon has lots of interesting special collections, including LeGuin’s papers (and coming soon: James Tiptree Jr.’s papers!) Open to scholars at all stages or in various types of careers. Deadline is Sept 1, 2013.

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