Revisiting the Future: Technofeminism in the 21st Century

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

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A panel discussion exploring current debates in technofeminism. 

What happened to the aspirations of 1990s cyberfeminists to explore and critique the radical potential of new technologies and to re-make digital spaces? Ten years after the original term was coined, Judy Wacjman wrote the book TechnoFeminism, building on the insights of cyberfeminism and creating a new lens with which to understand the relationship between human and machine. 

On the occasion of the publication of Beautiful Warriors in English translation, edited by Cornelia Sollfrank, Mindy Seu, Sollfrank, Judy Wacjman and chair Marie Thompson explore contemporary theories and practices of technofeminism. Incorporating ecological, decentralized, economic and intersectional perspectives, they look at how today’s forms of discrimination and exploitation are being responded to by feminist hackers, techno-eco-feminists and others. 

Cornelia Sollfrank is a pioneer of Net Art and 1990s cyberfeminism and the editor of Beautiful Warriors: Technofeminist Practice in the 21st Century (minor compositions, 2019).

Judy Wacjman is Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, editor of TechnoFeminism (Polity, 2004) and author of many books including The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organisational and Social Temporalities (OUP, 2017).

Chaired by Marie Thompson, author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017), Lecturer in Media, Sound and Culture at Lincoln School of Film and Media, University of Lincoln, and the co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Talk is 75 mins  

Image credit: Catarina Rodrigues 

Unwaged: £11

Students: £11

Over 60s: £11

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