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Message posted on 08/02/2020

[STS Italia] Deadline extended: Disentangling Digital Feminist Technoscience – Call for Abstracts – 8th STS Italia Conference

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Dear colleagues,
we are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract to the track 
"Disentangling Feminist Technoscience" (track 18) at the 8th STS Italia
Conference “Dis/Entangling Technoscience: Vulnerability, Responsibility
and Justice” ,
which will be held at University of Trieste (Italy) on 18-20 June 2020.
The deadline for abstract submission is February 9, 2020.

Please, find below the details.


Deadline for submitting abstractsextended until21 February 2020

Mariacristina Sciannamblo,  Sapienza University of Rome and AMARC Europe

Letizia Zampino, Sapienza University of Rome –

Feminist Technoscience Studies (FTS) has been defined as a
“trandisciplinary field” (Åsberg & Lykke, 2010) as it merges social
studies of science and technology and the multiple critical intellectual
legacies of feminist critique. It shares sensibilities concerned with
how to enact silence, give voice to the traditionally invisible,
interrogate boundaries, uncover local and marginal positions enacted by
technoscientific practices. In this respect, a growing body of research
at the intersection of STS and digital technologies (Vertesi and Ribes
2019) invites to disentangle the relations between humans and
computational machines through feminist sensibilities. As a matter of
fact, recent analyses concerning sites and practices shaped by digital
technologies have investigated the ways through which they are biased in
terms of gender, sex, labor, class, ethnicity, (dis)ability. These
perspectives allow to see, for example: how health-related applications,
wearable devices – that offer new possibilities for monitoring,
measuring and visualizing bodily and everyday wellbeing – are interwoven
in our experience of embodiment, contributing to reconfigure our meaning
of body (Sumartojo et al. 2016); how medical models and social norms,
inscribed in the materiality of digital technologies, provide the body
on the dichotomy male/female (Clarke et al. 2010); how the contribution
of female work to the development of computing has been underrecognized
or neglected (Hicks 2017); how gender issues are embedded within
computing cultures (Dunbar-Hester 2019); how negative biases against
women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms
(Noble 2018); how users of commercial platforms are socially and
creatively engaged, but also labourers exploited by the web companies
(Jarrett 2015).
This track invites contributions that make empirical and theoretical
reflections to the site of digital feminist technoscience, which may
include (but are not limited to):
• technoscientific practices and genderization of digital spaces;
• digital technologies and embodied knowledge;
• women’s contribution to the development of computing;
• emotional labor and care work on digital platforms;
• gender, race, sexuality and computing practices (e.g. robotics,
machine learning, programming);
• digital technologies and social innovation;
• feminist methods and digital technologies.

Abstracts submission
Submissions should be sent to the conference email address
 and to
convenors , and
should include:

1. Author's name and surname, affiliation and email address
2. Presentation title
3. Abstract (less than 300 words)

Best wishes,
Mariacristina Sciannamblo and Letizia Zampino
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