Humanities Tech KTH: Feminist in a Software Lab

January 30, 2019
1-3 pm
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Open to anyone. Registration required. Please register here. Venue (on the KTH main campus) will be announced to registered participants and on the website shortly.

Humanities Tech KTH events explore the intersection of the humanities, human and technology with a particular focus on critical and constructive engagement with socio-technological systems. More Humanities Tech KTH events here.

Description

The session will start off with Tara talking about her 2018 book Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference + Design, her work on creating multimedia platforms for digital scholarship, and more generally, her experience from working at the intersection of technology, media and the human and the humanities, and innovating at a university invested in media and technology.  

Tara’s introduction will be followed by perspectives from other invited participants, including students, and an open dialogue which will also address gender, race, sexuality, difference and technology within the context of contemporary society and institutes of technology.

How do we best tackle difference in design work? Can software be feminist? What are the most productive intersections between the humanities and technology? What kinds of infrastructure and systems should we build for a better society? What are the opportunities and challenges at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology?

Invited participants/conversationalists (more may be added):

  • Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Postdoc in Digital Women’s Health, KTH
  • Nishant Shah, Dean of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University
  • Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University
  • Anna Wahl, Professor in Gender, organization and management and Vice President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology 
  • Celina Zander, Student, Civil Engineering Program in Media Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Bios

Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Postdoc in Digital Women’s Health, KTH, is an interaction designer and researcher exploring critical-feminist design of intimate technologies. Her research areas are research-through-design, feminist HCI, women’s health, design fiction and speculative design.

Tara McPherson is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is Director of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. McPherson has been the lead on several groundbreaking experimental projects, including the multimedia authoring platform, Scalar.

Nishant Shah, Dean of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, and the co-founder of the Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore. He researches feminism, humanism, and digital technologies in everyday life.

Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden, works on questions of technological brokenness, disruption, and delay as a contribution to feminist and queer theory, as well as on feminist uses of humor as forms of resistance in social media, focusing on how humor and shamelessness may rewire shame.

Anna Wahl, Professor in Gender, Organization and Management at KTH, does research in organization and management theory with a focus on gender and feminist theory. Wahl is also Vice President for Gender Equality and Values at KTH.

Celina Zander is a Student at the Civil Engineering Program in Media Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a student representative.