Week Seven (Wed, 3/2): Paneling Gender and Technology through Existentialism
reminder of free event @ Bryn Mawr Film Institute
today! @ 7:30: Top Secret 'Rosies':
The Female 'Computers' of World War II
Today's notetakers are Franklin 20, Oak and cara
I. Preparing: If you are on the panel today, please
* make your identifying "tent," and
* seat yourselves, compare notes for a few minutes with your neighbors.
Those in the audience: write down 3 questions for the panelists.
By midnight Friday, your second web "event" is due, stepping off from your panel presentation: theorizing about the life you've performed, through the lens of one of the authors we've read; and/or expanding out from it.
A reminder that you must post 4-pp. projects on only three of the four due dates; if you choose not to do a project this week, then please post on-line about the intersection of individual practices you noticed in the panel discussions.
Also by this Friday, the end of our 7th week,
you should have made 5 postings and put up 2 papers
(or 6 postings and 1 paper...); you can "track" yourself to check
VERY IMPORTANT! By the time you return from break (5 p.m. on Sun, Mar. 13): Post on-line a mid-semester course evaluation that looks both backwards and forward.
LOOKING BACKWARDS: What's working, and what needs working on, for you as an individual? What's working, and what needs working on, for us as a group (on-line, in class, in conversation and on the panels)? What are you learning individually? What are we learning collectively? Where are the edges of y/our learning now? What dimensions of gender, information, science and technology have we not yet explored?
LOOKING FORWARD: What books or films can you suggest, which we could use to learn more about these unexplored terrains? (We'll make both these questions "sticky @ the top" of the forum, so that you can find them easily.)
For Mon, Mar. 14, please also read Banu Subramaniam, "Moored Metamorphoses: A Retrospective Essay on Feminist Science Studies." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 34, 3 (2009) : 951-978 (in the password-protected file).
We'll take that first class, when we return, both to evaluate ourselves and to locate ourselves, in the emerging field of feminist science studies that Subramaniam describes: What are we doing in relation to the field as a whole? What are the edges of our learning? Where shall we go from here?
II. today's panel is made up of fictional characters;
on Monday we had another one composed of historical figures
(and we will ask, among other things, whether gender, information, science & technology
look any different--and if so, how different--in the world of the
imagination than they look in past and present meatspace)
|Wednesday's Panel: imaginary figures!
|MSA322: a middle eastern father and religious man||m.aghazarian:
Batwoman Kate Kane
|smile: Islamic scholar
Ibn Sina (Avicenna)
|kgould: Major Motoko
Ghost in the Shell
Simone de Beauvoir
|shin1068111: Dr. Robert
Ray from 91020
|J.Yoo: The Question,
alter ego Renee Montoya
|kelliott: the Replicant
"Pris" from Blade Runner
|Oak: computer scientist
| jlebouvier: Stewey Griffin
from Family Guy
|cara: computer scientist
|aybala50: Arthur Weasley,
wizard from Harry Potter
|spreston: birth control
activist Margaret Sanger
|rubikscube: Agent Astrid
Farnsworth from the "Fringe"
|Hilary G: sociologist, economist, pacifist
|MissArcher2: Dr. Walter
Bishop from the "Fringe"
|leamirella: president of the Philippines Corazon Aquino||merlin: icon Rosie the Riveter
TiffanyE: U.S. First
|vgaffney: IBM computer
Jeopardy! winner Watson
Hilary B: Czech director
|Riki: performance artist
Franklin 20: celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz
|Marina: performance artist
We asked you to come today ready to say
* what role gender plays in "your" life
* what role science and technology play
* how these things intersect.
We asked, too, what language you use
* to talk about “gender” and “technology”:
* did "you" use these words, or other ones?
* for example: how did "you" understand the
difference between “natural” and “artificial”?
How would you respond to some of the language we use
in this class for talking about the relations between G&T?
In Haraway’s terms, how much of a breakdown
is there in your existence between the three “leaky distinctions”
of human-animal, organism-machine, physical-non-physical?
In Hayles' terms, how did you "read" information?
How did you "think" about-and-with it?)
What happens in the imaginary world to these concepts categories and exchanges?
From the Forum this week:
merlin: not only does instruction change the structure of our brains, but merely IMAGINING an event ALSO changes the structure of our brains! This made me think of the virtual world, especially the world of video games and online communities.... But do they have as much of an effect on our growth and development as if we were interacting with the world around us? I think this is an important area to think about in terms of child development and how much time little kids today spend online and with their cell phones.
vgaffney: I do think that the humanities—English in particular and philosophy—should be primarily based in the text...the abilities to close read and think critically and creatively about the text
kelliott: "a computer is nothing but a means for a memory to get from one state to another"
III. Let's now hear from our guests...
I am ......
and I exist in ......
I care about .....
I exist to......
IV. What existential chart
could we create for this panel?
V. Your questions? From the audience, from each other?
Does gender, information, science & technology
look any different--and if so, how?--in the world of the
imagination than they look in the past and present meat-space?
What looks the same?