In September we – Goda, Loren and Claude – presented a paper at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in New Orleans. We were (digitally) part of an amazing panel “Feminist Technoscience by Other Means: Reconfiguring Research Practices for World-Making Beyond the Academy”, chaired by Lisa Lehner (Cornell University) and Jade Henry (Goldsmiths, University of London). During the brief talk, which Goda presented on behalf of her co-authors, we discussed some of the findings that emerged during our investigations into reconfiguring computing through cyberfeminism and new materialism (a.k.a. CF+ project) and diffraction as a research method.
Particularly we tried to see how the different activities and engagements that we did during the Lab Meetings (e.g. with Femke Snelting on methodologies, with Isabel Paehr, Sandra Buchmüller and Pat Treusch on different technopractices) can serve as examples of diffraction as a mode of academic research. In the talk we show how diffraction helps trace patterns of difference – a series of re-readings that draw attention to the embedded, embodied, material, agential and collaborative aspects of research.
Diffractive Readings: NewMaterialism_Cyberfeminism_Computing from GeDIS Lab @UniKassel on Vimeo.
Part of the material that we presented in this talk was actually published in our article in the special issue of Digital Creativity journal on Hybrid Pedagogies (issue editors Matt Ratto, Daniela Rosner, Yana Boeva, Alex Taylor):
Loren Britton, Goda Klumbyte & Claude Draude (2019) Doing thinking: revisiting computing with artistic research and technofeminism, Digital Creativity, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2019.1684322
Eprint of this publication available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PGZYCTBAMTABF4YA8KN6/full?target=10.1080/14626268.2019.1684322.
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