Conference to explore facets of gender, bodies, and technology
Feminist insights into big data, reflections on scientific justice through the lens of the immortal Henrietta Lacks, altered Barbies. These topics are just a few that will be explored during the Gender, Bodies & Technology conference, to be held April 21–23 at the Hotel Roanoke.
Gender, Bodies & Technology, a biannual conference in its fourth iteration, is an initiative of the Women’s and Gender Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. This year’s installment, titled, “(In)Visible Futures,” will feature lectures and workshops by nearly a hundred experts from across the country and around the world, accompanied by a range of artistic performances.
Scholars, activists, and artists from the humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts, life sciences, queer and feminist science studies, disability studies, engineering, and computer sciences will convene to explore the intersections of gender, bodies, and technology in contexts ranging from virtual reality labs and engineering classrooms to grassroots movements and queer and feminist hacking spaces.
“In choosing the theme (In)Visible Futures, we were committed to paying special attention to how race intersects with all the issues with which Gender, Bodies & Technology has always been engaged,” said Christine Labuski, director of the conference and an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies in the Department of Sociology. “Given the national contexts of racialized police brutality and mass incarceration, we wanted to increase the visibility of people and bodies that some technologies erase.”