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Over the past couple of months, about a dozen FemTechNet participants have presented work based on our research and teaching related to FemTechNet in a two-part FemTechNet Keywords Workshop at the CUNY Feminist Pedagogies Conference in April 2015, and at the Union for Democratic Communications Conference at the University of Toronto in May 2015. Since these gatherings brought together such divergent modes of FemTechNet engagement, we thought we’d collect and share this new work over the last two weeks of May, leading up to the deadline for our 2015 FTN Summer Workshop. For more information on this series, contact T.L. Cowan

Feminist by Jasmine Rault

Technology by Lisa Brundage and Emily Sherwood

Network by alex cruse

Distributed by Maria-Belén Ordóñez

Open by T.L. Cowan

Collaborative by K.J. Surkan

FemTechNet DOCC 2015 Summer Workshop

Workshop dates: Sun Aug 2 – Wed Aug 5
Registration deadline: May 30, 2015
Registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/Qp8gxZkSTn

We invite you to attend the FemTechNet Summer Workshop where participants will learn how to be part of the 2015-2015 FTN DOCC (Distributed Open Collaborative Course). The FemTechNet Summer Workshop is an intense series of activities focused on curriculum development and professional networking around issues of feminism, and science and technology studies.

The first FTN workshop was held in three locations in July of 2013, while the first DOCC was taught from Sept-Dec 2013. Since then FTN members have collaborated on research projects, the creation of teaching materials, and innovative pedagogical activities. Emergent topics this year include addressing anti-feminist violence online and feminist mapping exercises.

This year’s Summer Workshop will take place from August 2-5, 2015 and will be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and at a location to be determined in Los Angeles. The first two days of the workshop (August 2 and 3) will focus on international efforts to organize DOCCs on new topics. The second two days of the workshop (August 4 and 5) will focus explicitly on the FTN DOCC activities and platform. The main objective is to enable DOCC instructors to prepare materials, syllabi, and schedules for the next two DOCC seasons: Sept-Dec 2015 and Feb-May 2016.

Workshop activities are organized by FemTechNet members who have been involved with the DOCC since its inception. This year’s workshop facilitators are: Anne Balsamo, TL Cowan, Veronica Paredes, and Laura Wexler (for the Yale University site) and Lisa Cartwright and Alex Juhasz (for Southern California).

Workshop topics may include:

lessons learned from DOCC pedagogies and learning activities;
exploring the FTN toolkit, archive of learning materials;
introduction to learning platform for distributed open collaborative course;
collaborating at a distance;
creating asynchronous networked learning activities;
integrating assessment methods into nodal courses;
and more!

On this website you will find many resources for learning more about feminism, cyberfeminism, and feminist theories of technology, including videos with major scholars and subject matter experts, reading lists and bibliographies, projects to do with classmates or undertake on your own as a do­it­yourselfer, and syllabi from past and present FemTechNet classes. You will also find a manifesto, a technical report, and a section called “Who We Are” to help you get oriented. See that little magnifying glass icon up on the right? That’s where you enter search terms.

Most of all, we want to help you find the most important resource that FemTechNet offers: people in the FemTech community.

These people include feminists of all genders who are college instructors, librarians, students, artists, activists, and organizers. We offer open online office hours while classes are in session and try to answer email inquiries individually to help you find community wherever you are.

A lot of our activity takes place in face-­to-­face settings, such as informal meet­ups at scholarly conferences or the annual meetings of many academic professional organizations. We also have sponsored symposia and colloquia with more structured lectures, roundtables, and performances where participants new to FemTechNet can ask questions.

You can also participate even if you are far away from a FemTechNet campus. One of the best ways to participate in FemTechNet is to join one of our committees, so you can help in the organizational initiatives of our larger group. Committees have regular meetings online where we can see and hear each other with technologies for collaborating across distance.

We also hold week­ long summer workshops for FemTechNet instructors who attend in person or join us online.

Please explore the resources here to help you learn about feminism and technology. You are welcome to contact us or others listed on this website. We value your potential contributions and participation!


Sharon Irish, Elizabeth Losh, & Lisa Nakamura

Co-­Facilitators, 2014-­16