Collaborations in Feminism & Technology Sept-Dec 2015

DOCC 2015: September – December

Collaborations in Feminist & Technology  

Open Syllabus

Stay tuned here for updates on new activities including Video Dialogue Meet-Up Screenings, Town Hall Meetings, Pedagogy Workshops, and Working Sessions.


Contact Ivette Bayo Urban and T.L. Cowan, co-chairs of the FemTechNet Pedagogy Projects Committee: FTNPedProCom [at] gmail [dot] com

Week 1: Bodies

Week of September 21, 2015

Bodies I

Video dialogy featuring Alondra Nelson and Jessie Daniels with Lisa Nakamura and Sidonie Smith. See video here.


  1. Alondra Nelson. “The Social Life of DNA.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 29 Aug. 2010.
  2. Jessie Daniels. “Web 2.0, Healthcare Policy and Community Health Activism.” Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals. Eds. Donna M. Nikitas, et. al. Sudbury MA: Jones and Bartlett (2011): 277-285.

Making Bodies

Video dialogue with Skawennati and Heather Cassils moderated by T.L. Cowan. See video here.


  1. Christine L. Liao, “My Metamorphic Avatar Journey.” Visual Culture & Gender. 3 (2008).
  2. Henry Jenkins. “It’s 2012. Do You Know Where Your Avatar Is?”: An Interview with Beth Coleman.

Watch artist talks brought to you by FemTechNet:

Bodies II

Discussion featuring video dialogue with Dorothy Roberts and Karen Flynn moderated by Sharon Irish.

Wk 2:  Difference

Week of September 28, 2015

Video dialogue with Shu Lea Cheang and Kim Sawchuk moderated by Sara DiamondSee video here.


  1. Nyman, Micki (2013). Interpretation makes it real: Disability and subjectivity in biopics of three women artists. Disability Studies Quarterly, 33(4). Retrieved from

Suggested Readings:

Wk 3:  Feminism, Technology and Race

Week of October 5th, 2015

Video dialogue with Lisa Nakamura and Maria Fernandez, moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.


  1. Lisa Nakamura, “Queer Female of Color: The Highest Difficulty Setting There Is? Gaming Rhetoric as Gender Capital,”  Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 1. 2012
  2. Lisa Nakamura, “Cyber-race,” PMLA: Proceedings of the Modern Language Association, Special issue on Comparative Racialization, 2008
  3. María Fernandez, “Cyberfeminism, Racism, Embodiment,” Domain Errors: Cyberfeminist Practices!, Maria Fernandez, Faith Wilding, Michelle M. Wright, eds (New York: Autonomedia 2002).

 YouTube videos:

  1. chescaleigh, “Just Stop Talking About Race!!”
  2. Jay Smooth, “How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist”
  3. Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) – Reverse Racism

Wk 4: History of the Engagement of Feminism, Technology and Issues of Women’s Labor

Week starting October 12, 2015

Video dialogue with Judy Wajcman interviewed by Anne Balsamo. See video here.

Open Source Reading(s):

  1. “Families without Borders: Mobile Phones, Connectedness, and Work-Home Divisions” by Judy Wajcman, Michael Bittman, and Judith Brown
  2. “Circuits of Labor: A Labor Theory of the iPhone Era” by Jack Linchuan Qiu, Melissa Gregg, and Kate Crawford
  3. “Introduction” to Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory by Trebor Scholz

Week 5: Archives

Week starting October 19, 2015

Video Dialogue  with Lynn Hershman and B. Ruby Rich moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.


    1. Lynn Hershman Leeson, RAW/WAR: Revolution Art Women project | Teknolust trailer (2002) | Documentation archive of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s artwork !Women Art Revolution (2010) available to view here on Hulu (requires a login)
    2. B. Ruby Rich “In the Name of Feminist Film Criticism” Heresies, no. 9 (Vol. 3, No. 1, 1980): 74-81. (Searchable version of Rich’s piece can be found here – pw: ftn!2014
    3. Kate Eichhorn, “Archiving the Movement: The Riot Grrrl Collection at Fales Library and Special Collections.” In Documenting Feminist Activism. Eds.Kelly Wooten and Liz Bly. LA: Litwin Books, 2012.

Week 6: Gaming & Online Safety/Risk

Week starting October 26, 2015

Video dialogue with Brenda Laurel and Janet Murray moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.


  1. Consalvo, M. (2012). Confronting Toxic Gamer Culture: A Challenge for Feminist Game Studies Scholars. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 1.
  2. “Television Interview about Harassment in Gaming.” Feminist Frequency. November 3, 2012. 

Suggested Readings:

Week 7: Systems

Week starting November 2, 2015

Video Dialogue with Lucy Suchman and Katherine Gibson Graham moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.

Readings: “Systems Theory and the Spirit of Feminism: Grounds for a Connection,” Barbara Hanson, pgs. 1-11, (subject to change)

Open Source Reading TBA


Week 8:  Place

Week starting November 9, 2015
Video dialogue with Radhika Gajjala and Sharon Irish moderated by Alex Juhasz. See video here.

  1. Doreen Massey, “A Global Sense of Place,” Marxism Today 38(1991), 24-29.
  2. Brenda Nyandiko Sanya, “Disrupting patriarchy: An examination of the role of e-technologies in rural Kenya.” Feminist Africa 18(2013), 12-24.


Week 9:  Feminism, Technology and Sexualities

Week starting November 16, 2015

Video dialogue with Julie Levin Russo and Faith Wilding moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.


  1. Manderson, Lenore (2012): Material Worlds, Sexy Lives, in in Manderson, Lenore: Technologies of Sexuality, Identity and Sexual Health”, Routledge. file:///Users/maria/Downloads/Material_worlds__sexy_lives-libre.pdf
  2. Traweek, Sharon (2000): “Warning Signs: Acting on Images”, in “Revisioning Women, Health, and Healing. Feminist, Cultural, and Technoscience Perspectives”, edited by A. Clark and Virginia Olesen:
  3. Wittig, Monique: One is Not a Woman 

Week 10:  Transformations

Week starting November 23, 2015

Video dialogue about the work of Beatriz da Costa featuring Donna Haraway and Catherine Lord moderated by Alex Juhasz. See video here.

Transformations, pt II

Part II features the live question and answer session following the presentations from Donna Haraway and Catherine Lord about Beatriz da Costa’s work, moderated by Alex Juhasz.


The link above is an interactive reader that is available free online and is comprised of these three readings:

  1. Donna Haraway, “Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.
  2. Beatriz da Costa,  “Reaching the Limit When Art Becomes Science,” in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience, eds. da Costa and Kavita Phillips (MIT Press, 2010).
  3. Catherine Lord, Summer of Her Baldness, (University of TX Press, 2004).