online open office hours 2014-2015

DOCC 2014: September – December

Collaborations in Feminist & Technology  

Video Dialogues & Online Open Office Hours Schedule

Each week from Sept 22-Dec 1st we will feature a Video Dialogue on the FemTechNet website and host an Online Open Office Hour (OOOH) for anyone involved or interested in FemTechNet to join. The OOOH times differ from week to week, so please take note of these dates and times.

There is a Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Nov 25 on the topic of Feminist Digital Media Praxis and Safety/Risk. A second Town Hall on the topic of  International Feminist Collaborations is scheduled for Dec 15/16.

Unless otherwise stated, we will host the OOOH and Town Hall Meetings on Bluejeans. All OOOH and Town Hall links will be posted to the FemTechNet website.


Contact the course director: T.L. Cowan, Chair, Pedagogy Committee, FemTechNet (cowant AT

September 26, 2014

Wk 1: History of the Engagement of Feminism, Technology and Issues of Women’s Labor

Judy Wajcman interviewed by Anne Balsamo. See video here.

Office Hour Discussion led by: Elizabeth Losh and Melissa Gregg

Date/Time: Friday September 26 1-2PM PST (4-5PM EST)

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

September 30, 2014
Wk 2:  Archive

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: Veronica Paredes

Date/Time: Tuesday September 30 | 4:00 pm ET/ 3:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm PT


    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.

October 7, 2014
Wk 3:  Feminism, Technology, and Wiki Storming

Discussion with Jacqueline Wernimont and Adrianne Wadewitz moderated by Jade Ulrich. See video here.

Office Hour Discussion led by: Jacqueline Wernimont

Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct 7 11-12 ET: 9-10 MT; 8-9 PT


  1. Wadewitz, Adrianne “Looking at the five pillars of Wikipedia as a feminist” Part 1 and 2
  2. Sentiles, Sarah. “Writing Her In: Wikipedia as Feminist Activism” Ms. Blog, May 21, 2014

October 16, 2014
Wk 4:  Feminism, Technology and Sexualities

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: María González Aguado

Date/Time: Thursday Oct. 16th from 1-2 pm EST

Meeting link:


  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 

Suggested reading: Buchanan, Holly, Rei, Frank & Couch, Murray (2012): “The Re/Making of Men and Penile Modification”; in Manderson, Lenore: Technologies of Sexuality, Identity and Sexual Health”, Routledge. (Please email mariagaguadoATgmailDOTcom to get the pdf)

(For readings on the topic in Spanish, please, contact mariagaguadoATgmailDOTcom)

October 20, 2014
Wk 5:  Feminism, Technology and Race

To discuss VIDEO DIALOGUE with Lisa Nakamura and Maria Fernandez, moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.

Office Hour Discussion led by: Lisa Nakamura and Veronica Paredes

Date/Time: Monday October 20 | 11:00am-12:00pm ET (8:00-9:00am PT/ 10:00-11:00am CT)

Meeting link:


  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

October 28, 2014
Week 6: Bodies

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

 Office Hour Discussion led by: T.L. Cowan

Date/Time: Mon Oct. 27 7-8pm ET Changed to Tuesday 3pmET

Meeting link:


  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

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: T.L. Cowan and K. Surkan

Date/Time: Tuesday Oct. 28 3-4pm ET

Meeting link:


  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 2013 at Illinois

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: Sharon Irish, combined with TL Cowan and K Surkan, above

Date/Time: Wed. Oct 29, 4-5pm EST

November 4, 2014

Wk 7:  Difference

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: Karen Keifer-Boyd

Date/Time: Tues. Nov. 4, 3-5 pm EST

How to join via Adobe Connect:

Participants to this OOOH will be joining Karen Keifer-Boyd’s class discussion and already should have viewed the FTN Difference video dialogue. Go to (Adobe Connect Penn State, no sign-in or download needed. Go to the URL and turn on your mic when speaking, and mute while others are speaking. The webcam will be enabled to see each other, and we’ll use screen share when we watch Dr. Ordóñez’s class recording of their response to FemTechNet’s “Difference” Video Dialogue and then back to viewing the seminar table with students in the class to discuss with all joining us. The Penn State students will be preparing their performative research videos in response to the FTN Difference video dialogue and present this on Nov. 11. There are 7 graduate students in the course, Including Difference. Refer to Nov. 4 details at for links and other details during the OOOH discussion.


  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 (students in the class will have read these on Sept. 23 for the class they watched the FTN Difference video dialogue):

November 10, 2014
Wk 8:  Place
Discussion with Radhika Gajjala and Sharon Irish moderated by Alex Juhasz. See video here.

Office Hour Discussion led by: Cricket Keating & Melissa Meade

Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 10, 12-1 pm EST

Meeting link:


  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.

November 17 & 21, 2014
Wk 9: Systems

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

Office Hour Discussion led by: Alex Cruse

Date/Time: Monday, Nov 17 (2:00pm EST)

Meeting link:

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

Systems: Games
Discussion with Brenda Laurel and Janet Murray moderated by Anne Balsamo. See video here.

Office Hour Discussion led by: Sandra Gabriele & Mia Consalvo

Date/Time: Friday November 21 at 13h00 (1pm EST)

Register by sending email to cowant AT subject line – Games. Please write a 1 or 2-sentence description of why you want to participate.

On the date of the event, you will get an email with an invitation to join the online discussion via BlueJeans. When you first work in BlueJeans you will need to install a plugin, which happens almost automatically when you follow the invitation directions.


  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:

November 24, 2014
Wk 10:  Performance has been CANCELLED; stay tuned for early 2015

Bilingual (Spanish & English) discussion with Maris Bustamante and Sara Diamond, moderated by Maria-Belén Ordóñez and Paula Gardner. (Video link TBA)

Office Hour Discussion led by: Maria-Belén Ordóñez

Date/Time: Monday, Nov 24 10:30-11:30 a.m (EST)


  1. Anzaldua, Gloria “La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness”  in Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza San Francisco: AuteLute Books, 1999.
  2. Frieze: No-Grupo

December 1, 2014
Wk 11:  Transformations

Discussion 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.

Office Hours for both videos led by: Alexandra Juhasz

Date/Time: Monday, December 1, 1PM PST

Meeting link:


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).


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