Disentangling Feminist Technoscience

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.

Convenors: Mariacristina, Sciannamblo, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and AMARC Europe, cristina.sciannambloamarceuropeeu
Letizia, Zampino, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, letizia.zampinouniroma1it

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.


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