The Ethnic Studies Committee of FemTechNet has launched a collaborative and open workbook on critical race and ethnic studies, published on Scalar. The goal of the workbook is to produce a collection of freely shared and open materials to help new and returning FemTechNet DOCC (Distributed Open Collaborative Course) instructors in tackling the difficult job of teaching race, gender, and technology. Your contributions are invited! The Call for Participation is here.
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
Course by Karen Keifer-Boyd
Improvisation by Melissa Meade and Cricket Keating
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.
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 aim 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. We value your potential contributions and participation!