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Message posted on 01/03/2021

CFP 4S Open Panel: Celebrating and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in Technoscience Communities

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Dear colleagues,

We warmly invite abstract submissions for the open panel 'Celebrating and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in Technoscience Communities ', to be held at the annual 4S meeting this year, between October 6-9. Abstracts of up to 250 words can be submitted at this portal , and the deadline is March 8. Please consider submitting an abstract, and do spread the word among colleagues and students. We look forward to reading your submissions!

The call for papers is as follows:

Celebrating and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in Technoscience Communities

Em O'Sullivan, University College London; Isha Bhallamudi, University of California, Irvine; Patricia Peña, University of Chile, Institute of Image and Communication

Science and technology communities come in many forms, from the elite community of research scientists within the academy to the myriad grassroots communities that spring up to take direct action on technology policy issues. Yet despite this wide variation in technoscience communities, many continue to reproduce gendered patterns of exclusion visible in science and technology more broadly.

This panel provides space for critiquing community practices and structures of exclusion that contribute to limiting who can participate in the production of technoscientific knowledge, who can contribute to decision-making around policy and innovation priorities, and who gets to design the technological products and infrastructure that shape our lives. But, in line with this year’s theme of “good relations”, it also aims to celebrate successful inclusion strategies, to identify replicable practices for enhancing community diversity, and to highlight radical experiments in relationship-building and community development. We believe that this year, of all years, this celebration of progress is particularly important.

We welcome contributions–from any geographical location in the Global South or North–that explore feminist community inclusion strategies from a wide range of theoretical approaches. These could include (but are not limited to): communities of practice; space and place-making; social field theory; identity theory; affect theory; participatory design and co-design practices; and critical making. We also welcome practice-oriented presentations that are not necessarily based in theory. We particularly welcome intersectional contributions that look at issues of gender inclusion/exclusion alongside axes of “race”, ethnicity, class, (dis)ability, transgender status, sexual identity, etc.

Contact: em.osullivan.15@ucl.ac.uk

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Em O'Sullivan (they/them)

PhD Student - Gender, Technology, and Makerspaces Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London http://freakatoms.co.uk/ @freakatoms

Latest article: "Excellence in the maker movement", /Journal of Peer Production, /Issue 12, 2018


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