Dialogues in Feminism & Technology
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 6222
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Feminism and feminists have been integral to technological innovation, yet as recently as June 2012, The New York Times carried an article about Silicon Valley that opened with the line: “Men invented the Internet.” Posing challenges to misleading statements like this one on multiple levels, this course is part of a learning experiment called a DOCC: Distributed Open Collaborative Course. This DOCC was initiated last year by FemTechNet, an activated network of scholars, artists and students who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism in a variety of fields including STS, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies. Course topics address issues and themes drawn from the history of feminist engagement with science and technology and from contemporary feminist work in technology and media. The course also provides students the opportunity to participate in the shaping of the DOCC, a model built on the understanding that expertise is distributed throughout a network, among participants situated in diverse institutional contexts, and within heterogeneous material, geographic, and national settings. This nodal course will use materials created and shared in FemTechNet, while its students also contribute back to the network, taking part in conversations about feminism, technology and the collaborative nature of learning in a digital age.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions