CFP: Gender, Bodies and Technology

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From the FLP mailbox:

Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference - April 22-24, 2010 - The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center - Roanoke, Virginia


“Gender, Bodies and Technology”  
Proposals are invited for an Interdisciplinary Conference  
April 22-24, 2010
Roanoke, Virginia
Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech

Proposal Deadline:  September 15, 2009

We invite proposals from scholars in the humanities, social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, engineering and technology for papers, panels, new media art and performance pieces that explore: the technological production of gendered and racialized bodies, historical and contemporary feminist appropriations of technology in aesthetics and representations of embodiment, and the gendered implications of technology in contexts ranging from classrooms to workplaces to the Internet. We construe technology broadly to include material culture and the apparatus of daily life, such as writing, books and the built environment.

Specific topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Technological production and control of classed, racialized, aged and gendered bodies
  • Work, healthcare, education and activities of daily life as produced through technologies
  • Performance, new media and other creative expressions as sites for engaging/enacting/destabilizing conventions of embodiment and technology
  • Biopolitics and medical engineering of reproduction, sexual identity and gender
  • Personal narrative and oral history as sources of embodied theorizing
  • Surveillance, containment, in/security and militarization
  • Identity and technological design, production and use; gender, race, age, class and sexuality in SET (sciences, engineering and technology) fields
  • New media art and feminist aesthetics
  • Technologies of development and sustainability; eco-feminism
  • Activism, participatory decision-making and issues of technological citizenship  ***

Proposals will be reviewed by Virginia Tech Women’s and Gender Studies faculty/affiliates with appropriate expertise and notification of the outcome will be made no later than  October 15, 2009.

More information is available here.  The proposal submission form is here.

-Bridget Crawford


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1 Response to CFP: Gender, Bodies and Technology

  1. Jude says:

    As a lawyer and pro-feminist “guy,” it concerns me — for the future of life and the future of the natural planet — when feminist law professors exhibit a capitulation to the technocrats of gender and bodies who perpetuate male dominance as an overarching global culture.

    By an amazing synchronicity, my blog’s top post today addresses the cruelties of man-made gender constructs about bodies and technology:

    See also the blog’s category (3 posts) on Australian Professor Sheila Jeffreys.

    Please, please, because you have excellent minds and academic position to shape the thoughts of others, re-think and break free of the media and mainstream/manstream mental conditioning to which everyone is being subjected under the reign of technology.

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