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[Commlist] CFP on “Cross-cultural Feminist Technologies”
Tue Oct 01 21:40:45 GMT 2019
*Call for papers*
Special Collection for /Global Perspectives /https://gp.ucpress.edu/ on
“Cross-cultural Feminist Technologies”
October 31, 2019 - 500-word abstracts and 250 word bio. Please submit
abstracts to Payal Arora, Professor and Chair in Technology, Values and
Global Media Cultures, Erasmus University Rotterdam ((arora /at/ esphil.eur.nl)
<mailto:(arora /at/ esphil.eur.nl)>) and Rumman Chowdhury, Global Lead for
Responsible AI, Accenture Applied Intelligence ((rchowdhury /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(rchowdhury /at/ gmail.com)>)
December 1, 2019 - Notification of invitation to submit full papers
April 1, 2020 - Submission of full papers
September 1, 2020 - review process complete
November 2020 - publication of articles
*Cross-cultural Feminist Technologies*
Feminist scholarship is an increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary field
that uncovers a wide range of voices, perspectives and points of
emphasis. Feminist theory and movements are crucial in disentangling
asymmetries such as power and subordination, oppression and resistance,
dominance and marginalisation through a critical lens, and at bettering
existing social environments and the pursuit of fairness, justice and
freedom. Particularly, the merit of feminist theory lies within the
shared scepticism of dualistic thinking that divides the world into
clear-cut, antagonistic categories and reinforces hierarchical
relationships between these categories (Ferguson, 2017).
In the digital age, feminist scholars have shifted their attention to
the impact of technology on gender inequalities, asymmetric power
relations and social circumstances. For instance, the internet used to
be understood as a feminist media that may enable women’s liberation and
lay the groundwork for a new type of social relations (Wajcman, 2010).
However, the restrictive and hierarchical nature of the digital
environment, while enabling many opportunities for marginalised
categories, also engenders emergent issues such as cyber racism
(Daniels, 2009), online misogyny (Jane, 2014; Dragiewicz, 2018), virtual
sexual violence or revenge porn (Arora, 2019; Henry & Powell, 2015).
Given numerous threats to women and other gender or sexual minorities, a
feminist internet ensuring equality, freedom and safety is advocated
by activists and scholars alike. Moreover, feminists active in Science
and Technology Studies (or technofeminists) actively examine the ways
in which society, politics and culture impact technological
developments. At the same time, Feminist HCI (Human Computer
Interaction) scholars propose that interactive systems and technologies
should integrate feminist values such as agency, identity and
empowerment in their agenda (Bardzell, 2010), and make use of feminist
tools – both empirical and methodological, to understand issues of
marginalisation and exclusion within HCI.
Though comprehensively addressed by feminist researchers, a new issue
arises: are these new feminized technologies inclusive? Critiques of the
Enlightenment teleological narrative of dividing Western feminisms
into ‘primitive’ and ‘modern’ are applicable in a technological space
where these discourses intersect with the digitization of the global
south (Abu-Lughod, 2013; Narayan, 1997, 2010; Khader, 2019). Critiques
of missionary feminism argue that these tools are not saving ‘from,’
but saving ‘to’ a westernized ideal (Abu-Lughod, 2002). A decolonized
conceptualization of technological feminism is therefore called for.
A strictly localised approach to these issues might prove insufficient
as digital platforms can foster communication and new alliances across
physical borders. Rather, we need a cross-cultural feminist approach
that takes into account the intersection of different identities,
values, and the broader technological and social contexts that shape
them. In brief, a decolonized feminist approach to technology is
essential today for understanding the ethical, social and political
implications of the ever-changing world we inhabit. The purpose of this
Special Issue is to push contemporary discourses at the intersection of
feminism, technology, society, and decolonization by posing questions
•Can we encode feminist values into technological design, development,
and implementation and if so, how? Are there intrinsic values of these
tech communities that can be at odds with feminist values?
•Whose feminism is encoded to build a digital space that is inclusive of
women across borders? Technology is created to transcend borders and
cultures; is there a universal feminism that can do the same?
•Is technological feminism an extension of western feminist ideals? If
so, how can feminist technologies be decolonized and what values are
•Is it possible to build a feminist technology in a contextual vacuum?
If not, then how can we create localized context for products that are
generalized by design?
•Can feminist technologies address online hate and misogyny? If so, how?
•Is feminism a primary pathway for the most inclusive of future
technologies, or are there other intersectional identities that should
Arora, P. (2019). The next billion users: Digital life beyond the West.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Abu‐Lughod, L. (2002). Do Muslim women really need saving?
Anthropological reflections on cultural relativism and its others.
American anthropologist, 104(3), 783-790.
Abu-Lughod, Lila (2013). Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, Cambridge:
Harvard University Press.
Bardzell, S. (2010). Feminist HCI: taking stock and outlining an agenda
for design. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in
computing systems (pp. 1301-1310). ACM.
Daniels, J. (2009). Cyber racism: White supremacy online and the new
attack on civil rights. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Ferguson, K. E. (2017). Feminist theory today. Annual Review of
Political Science, 20, 269-286.
Henry, N., & Powell, A. (2015). Embodied harms: Gender, shame, and
technology-facilitated sexual violence. Violence against women, 21(6),
Jane, E. A. (2014). ‘Back to the kitchen, cunt’: speaking the
unspeakable about online misogyny. Continuum, 28(4), 558-570.
Khader, S. (2019). Decolonizing Universalism. New York: Oxford
Narayan, U. (1997). Dislocating cultures: Identities, traditions, and
third-world feminism. New York: Routledge Press.
Narayan, U. (2010). Symposium: Global gender inequality and the
empowerment of women: Perspectives on Politics, 8(1), 282-284.
Wajcman, J. (2010). Feminist theories of technology. Cambridge journal
of economics, 34(1), 143-152.
Please submit a 500-word abstract and 250-word bio to Payal Arora
((arora /at/ esphil.eur.nl)) and Rumman Chowdhury ((rchowdhury /at/ gmail.com)) before
_October 31^st , 2019._
The special collection will be published as part of the Communication
and Media Section of the /Global Perspectives/ journal. The special
issue will publish full paper submissions of 6,000-8,000 words.
Publication guidelines can be found here
*About the journal*
/Global Perspectives/(GP) is an online-only, peer-reviewed,
transdisciplinary journal seeking to advance social science research and
debates in a globalizing world, specifically in terms of concepts,
theories, methodologies, and evidence bases. Work published in the
journal is enriched by invited perspectives, through scholarly
annotations, that enhance its global and interdisciplinary
implications.GP is devoted to the study of global patterns and
developments across a wide range of topics and fields, among them trade
and markets, security and sustainability, communication and media,
justice and law, governance and regulation, culture and value systems,
identities, environmental interfaces, technology-society interfaces,
shifting geographies and migration.
GP sets out to help overcome national and disciplinary fragmentation and
isolation. GP starts from the premise that the world that gave rise
to the social sciences in their present form is no more. The national
and disciplinary approaches that developed over the last century are
increasingly insufficient to capture the complexities of the global
realities of a world that has changed significantly in a relatively
short period of time. New concepts, approaches and forms of academic
discourse may be called for.
*About the Communication and Media Section of /Global Perspectives /*
Section Editor: Payal Arora, Erasmus University Rotterdam
The ‘global turn’ in communications, advances in mobile technologies and
the rise of digital social networks are changing the world´s media
landscapes, creating complex disjunctures between economy, culture, and
society at local, national, and transnational levels. The role of
traditional mass media - print, radio and television - is changing as
well. In many cases, traditional journalism is declining, while that of
user-generated content by bloggers, podcasters, and digital activists is
gaining currency worldwide, as is the impact of robotics and
artificial intelligence on communication systems. Today, researchers
find themselves at important junctures in their inquiries that require
innovations in concepts, frameworks, methodologies and empirics. /Global
Perspectives/ aims to be a forum for scholars from across multiple
disciplines and fields, and the Communication and Media Section invites
submissions on cutting-edge research on changing media and communication
systems globally. Click here
the full description of the section.
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