From Cyborg to Facebook: Technological dreams and feminist critiques

Deadline: 15/06/2011

Sophia organisera ce colloque le vendredi 21 octobre 2011 à Amazone à Bruxelles. Vous trouverez l'appel à contributions ci-dessous. Vous pouvez également le télécharger (pdf).

Les propositions peuvent être envoyées en français, en néerlandais ou en anglais.

SOPHIA, the Belgian Bi-community Network for Gender Studies is organizing a colloquium to investigate the latest developments in theory and research on the many aspects of gender and technology from a Feminist angle.

Women and technology don’t sleep in the same bed. The relation between technological possibilities and gender is tense. ‘Technology’, the use value of science, embodies power relations. Some see technology as a tool for liberation, others see it as a trap of enslavement.
Donna Haraway’s vision of the Cyborg (1985) was a water shed. The idea of the thinking but bodiless human has been a subject of wide ranging debate for feminists, theoreticians and feminist activists ever since. The cyborg makes us question the pure boundaries of gender and the human as opposed to the animal and the machine. What does the body mean if we can transcend the body? Would body-linked inequalities disappear? Today, the bodiless and sexless voice is a reality thanks to the communicative but commercialized possibilities of social media. In Facebook people create their own (gender) identities. In the web world of games and interaction, the cyborg can be a reality.

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