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

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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.

 

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

http://hastac.org/opportunities/cfp-race-gender-and-sexuality-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.

Blog post of interest: Siri: Intersections of Gender, Economy, and Technology » Cyborgology

Siri: Intersections of Gender, Economy, and Technology » Cyborgology.

Yes, yes, and yes. Jenny Davis’ analysis of the gendering of Siri is spot on and of definite interest to Spiral Dance readers. Of particular interest is the comparison between the prominence of sexual references to Siri in the U.S. in comparison to Europe, where Siri has a masculine voice.

CFP of Interest: Theorizing Robots

Theorizing Robots (11/01/11; ACCUTE, 05/28/12- 05/31/12) | cfp.english.upenn.edu.

(11/01/11; ACCUTE, 05/28/12- 05/31/12)

This call seems to allow for all sorts of possibilities: from the representational to the robot actualized in our media ecology.

Electro Feminisms: I’m in Love with a Strict Machine | Bitch Media

Electro Feminisms: I’m in Love with a Strict Machine | Bitch Media.

Shared by Elizabeth Swanstrom: Interesting Bitch piece about female artists, singing about sex with robots. Thought-provoking excerpt: “The robot is a really productive way for women to address sexuality without the constraints of hetero-gender roles, allowing them to explore different forms of sex without being tied into a real-world queer narrative.”

Hotties in the Library: YouTube’s Response to Alexandra Wallace’s Cleavage

02:52. That is all the time it takes for UCLA political science major Alexandra Wallace to alienate and offend, expose her own ignorance, and pretty much put an end to her prestigious UCLA education. Wallace accomplishes all of this in her video “Asians in the Library,” initially posted to YouTube on March 11, 2011. The video is commonly labeled a “racist rant” which suggests that she turned on her webcam and, in the heat of the moment, let the hate flow. However, there is clear evidence that someone took the time to edit the video and an article from The Sacramento Bee quotes her father as saying that she was planning to purchase a domain name to support the video’s distribution [1]. While this does not mean that the video isn’t technically a rant, it is important to recognize that this was not the rash outburst of a young woman with no sense of how the internet and publicity operate. Wallace did not assume she was safely anonymous among the noise of the Internet. Rather, if her father is to be believed, she sought publicity and intended to use the video to launch her career. In my opinion, the evidence of forethought and planning makes the video even more egregious.

What she clearly did not plan was the overwhelmingly negative response. Dreaming of a career as a video blogger, she expected neither death threats, nor the exposure of her personal information, nor to be ostracized on campus. Her official apology, printed in The Daily Bruin on March 14, indicates that if she could take the video back, she would. Questions of her sincerity aside, it is clear that the Internet remains unsatisfied. New video responses continue to appear on YouTube almost three weeks after her official apology.

As a researcher who is writing about viral structures, and an educator in a program in Emerging Media and Communication at UT Dallas, I have been watching the debacle with interest. The video provides a valuable opening to discuss ongoing issues of racism and the insufficiency of strategies of “color blindness” in U.S. culture. It is also a concrete lesson on the uncontrollable and long term consequences of our online actions.

But there is one more lesson to be gleaned from the video and the responses to it. What follows is in no way intended to condone Wallace’s ideas, nor her actions. I find her ignorant and offensive. However, I do feel compelled to focus the discussion here, if just for a very brief moment. (more…)

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