"Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess." – Donna Haraway

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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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Special Issue of Ada on Feminist Science Fiction

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology – : Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology.

The latest issue of Ada: A journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology is out and the topic is “Feminist Science Fiction.”

There are lots of great looking articles, including a transcription of a speech by Donna Haraway. I can’t wait to dig in to this issue!

 

LeGuin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship Call for Proposals

http://csws.uoregon.edu/wp-content/docs/grants/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.

CNN’s iReport Collecting Stories about Influential Female Science Fiction Characters

Women of science fiction: News & Videos about Women of science fiction – CNN iReport.

A friend shared this with me. I really appreciate that iReport is attempting to explore the many complex and interesting female characters in science fiction. Since there is a deadline, it seems likely that they will curate them into a collection. Let’s hope they don’t make the curator or anyone else dress as Princess Leia in her metal bikini. (I’m looking at you, G4.)

I look forward to seeing some of these stories.

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