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[ecrea] CfP: Sonic Cyberfeminisms
Fri Jan 13 00:31:39 GMT 2017
*CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS:*
*SONIC CYBERFEMINISMS *
*UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN, UK *
*5-6th MAY 2017*
*DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 12 FEBRUARY 2017*
In recent years, the relationship between sound, gender and technology
has gained increasing attention. There have been a number of artist
networks, archives and educational initiatives established in the hope
of tackling the gendered exclusions from and disparities within the
technocentric fields of electronic music, audio production and sound
arts. Many of these projects can be understood to share some of the
concerns and ideals of cyberfeminism. Emerging in the early 1990s,
cyberfeminism sought to explore the potentials and possibilities of
technology, computing and Cyberspace for feminist praxis. However, to
talk of cyberfeminism or indeed a cyberfeminist ethos in the singular is
something of a misnomer: we consider it more appropriate to speak of
plural cyberfeminisms, with various agendas, methods, perspectives and
Whilst many of these recent initiatives have been aimed at increasing
the visibility of women in sound technology and computing-related
fields, for many, the debates around improving representation of gender
reveals disparities around what feminist agendas are being pursued. Is
the lack of women and girls in audio technology a problem only to be
fixed by increasing participation? Or is there a danger of “leaning in”
to a regime of white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist
hetero-patriarchy (to use bell hooks’ augmented phrase)? Revisiting
Faith Wilding’s question of the political strategy of cyberfeminism, it
is timely to ask – where is the feminism in sonic cyberfeminisms?
Sonic Cyberfeminisms will provide an opportunity to critically reflect
upon and, in doing so, contribute to current activism and debates
concerning sound, gender and technology. The 2-day event follows on from
an online reading group, ‘Decolonizing Sonic Cyberfeminisms’ and a panel
discussion ‘Doing Sonic Cyberfeminisims’ that took place in 2016.
*Questions to explore include:*
• In what ways might current activism around sound, gender and
technology be understood as a continuation of the cyberfeminist
project(s) – for better or for worse?
• What might cyberfeminism(s) bring to current activism around gender,
sound and technology and vice versa?
• How does current activism around sound, gender and technology continue
to be centred on issues of white, middle-class women? How and when do
issues of race and coloniality play out in these fields?
• How does the notion of technology manifest itself in contemporary
discussions of gender? What are the problems and possibilities of
framing gendered struggles/activism in relation to technology? What
gendered, geopolitical) perspectives does this prioritize and minimize?
• What specifically about sonic or musical practices does
thinking/acting through sound afford for feminist politics? How might
this be realised in practice?
• Is it possible to decolonize sonic cyberfeminisms? How might this be
• How might cyberfeminisms transform our understandings of sonic
*We would like to invite contributions that address these questions.
Proposed contributions may take the following formats: *
• 20 minute research papers
• 10 minute standpoint papers (these can be more polemical, performative
and/or outline emerging ideas)
• Workshop proposals*
• Performances** (between 10-30 minutes)
* We have a very modest budget for workshop resources. Please provide
costing estimates as part of workshop proposals.
**Please note that we are unfortunately unable to provide an artist fee
for performance proposals, however there are some bursaries available
Thanks to the generous support of the Feminist Review Trust, we have 5
bursaries available to help cover travel, accommodation and childcare
costs. These bursaries are worth up to £150 each. We hope that these
bursaries will enable us to bring to Lincoln those who would not be able
to attend otherwise due to financial restrictions.
To apply for a bursary, please provide a short (approx.. 250 word)
statement detailing why you would like to be considered for a bursary
and a breakdown of your estimated expenses.
For more information on how to apply, please go to
https://soniccyberfeminisms.wordpress.com/. Any questions, please get in
Organized by Marie Thompson (University of Lincoln) & Annie Goh
(Goldsmiths) in collaboration with theextra sonic practice research group..
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