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Upcoming Panel on Transgression, Gender Disturbance, and Feminist Sci-Fi Futures at #NWSA2014:

I am very excited to be presenting at the National Women’s Studies Association Meeting, Nov 13 – 16, 2014. Below you can find our panel description and abstracts of our individual talks.

Conference Theme: Feminist Transgressions Subtheme: Technologizing futures

Panel Title: Transgression, Gender Disturbance, and Feminist Sci-Fi Futures

Keywords: Intersectionality, Technology, New Media

Science fiction and other speculative genres engage technological imaginaries to problematize social ills and elaborate possibilities for change. Historically associated with men ─ dominated by white cis male authors and related to so-called “masculine” subjects of science and technology ─ science fiction has been troubled with colonial, sexist, and transphobic content. However,  feminist, queer, third world women, and women of color authors and artists also mobilize the conventions of the genre for critique, activism, and imagining new worlds. This panel brings together early career academics working in diverse areas of critical media and technology studies as scholars, activists, and makers. The panelists offer intersectional, queer, and transfeminist readings of literary and new media texts that emphasize their relevance to contemporary political and social issues including gender and sexual identity, neocolonial police states, reproductive rights, and others. The panel explicitly addresses the conference theme of “Feminist Trangression” by analyzing disruptive feminisms in literature, new media, and real-world activism. These texts subvert generic conventions to perform transformative critical interventions. Offering a multi-layered approach to “Technologizing Futures,” this panel examines media and genre as technologies themselves that are often used to enable but also sometimes fight against white cisgender heteronormative futurity. It explores material technologies ─ including both existing technologies/platforms (Youtube, Twitter, music videos, and video games) and imagined future technologies (robotics, androids, and clones) ─ that offer critiques of how feminist technologies can subvert and disrupt hegemonic futures. (more…)

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Ada Lovelace Day Oct 15 Worldwide Events

Worldwide Events 2013.

The website Finding Ada is collating information about worldwide events to celebrate women in STEM in honor of Ada Lovelace Day on October 15, 2013. (Not sure who Ada Lovelace is? Read about her here but be sure to come back to read about these great events celebrating her legacy.)

If you can’t make it to an offline event, there are multiple online ways to participate, including writing a blog post about a women in STEM whose accomplishments you admire!

Just write your blog post, publish it, and then head on over to findingada.com to add your story to their collection.

I am celebrating by participating in Design Your World, a STEM for Girls conference, on October 19 with my Fashioning Circuits project. In addition, I’m giving a talk on “Fashion and the Threads of Digital Literacy” at the end of the month (A new talk on diversity each Friday in October; Free tickets here).

Let’s all actively work toward a future in which I no longer have any need to use my Sad Ada Lovelace meme!

An image of infant Ada Lovelace looking forlorn.

I invented a new meme: Sad Ada Lovelace. Thanks to http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/PictDisplay/Lovelace.html for the image.

Ada Initiative Fellowships to attend Open Hardware Summit

10 fellowships for women to attend the Open Hardware Summit, applications close August 18th | The Ada Initiative.

Deadline to apply is end of the day on August 18th.

The summit has quite a few speakers on topics related to my interests though I do find myself hesitating. It is frustrating that there are no speaker bios or images. As I was looking through the names of the speakers, I noticed that while there are some women among the speakers, the numbers are far from gender-balanced. Also, of the names with which I am familiar, they were all white women.

So I did some digging. I am going to tell you right up front: this is far from perfect or definitive. I am going off appearances in photos, which can be misleading and personal identification of racial identity is a tricky thing. Not to mention all of the problems with defining whiteness.

Based on an admittedly imperfect methodology, I found:

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GeekGirlCon: Celebrating Women in Geek Culture. Somebody Take Notes for Me?

I really wish I didn’t have to be a grownup.

Otherwise I would be trying very hard to make my way to GeekGirlCon, if for no other reason than the chance to meet Trina Robbins!

You see, I need this. In academia, I never doubt that we women are in it together, fighting the same battles. But when it comes to general geek and fan culture, I find that I am much more skeptical.

I recently attended the 2011 Comic Arts Conference at San Diego Comic-Con (update on our panel coming soon…) and a friend invited me to attend the GeekGirlsNetwork 2nd Annual Geek-Out. Despite a reasonable ticket price and the promise of many cool guests and giveaways, I found myself reluctant. Was I being lured into a metal-bikini-shaped trap? (more…)

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