INVITATION TO HEX DIGITAL CULTURES SEMINAR SERIES:
NB Date change! The seminar will take place Tuesday 27/11
WHO: Dr. Hilde G. Corneliussen, Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway
Hilde G. Corneliussen is Associate Professor and lecturer in Digital Culture at University of Bergen. She holds a doctoral degree in Humanistic Informatics, and her research interests include gender and ICT, computer history, ICT education and computer games. Together with Jill Walker Rettberg she edited the anthology Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft® Reader, MIT Press, 2008. Her latest book is within feminist technology studies, Gender-Technology Relations: Exploring Stability and Change, Palgrave Macmillan 2011.
Corneliussen has focused on gender-technology relations in several studies, in a historical perspective and through interviews with computer students, in cultural discourses and in computer education. In this lecture she will explore the question of stability and change in gender-technology relations in a historical perspective. All over the western world we have heard the question “why so few women in computing” for nearly 30 years. In the same period we have seen massive changes in information and communication technology, as well as changes in terms of access and use. Today, information and communication technology has become a natural and integral part of our everyday lives and activities, in nearly all spheres of society. In light of these changes, could we not expect changes to also appear in gender-technology relations? The challenge of recruiting women to computer education seems to persist in large parts of the western world, thus we need to explore what affects men and women’s relationships with computer technology. How have gender-technology relations changed, and how can we understand the continuous low proportion of women in computer education?
Corneliussen will discuss examples of stability as well as change in the gender-technology relations in the period since 1980 until today. Among the examples you will meet cultural discourses warning women against being “sent back to the kitchen sink” unless they develop an interest for computers; recruitment initiatives inviting women to computer science because they are good at communicating with people; female computer experts presented as not-(masculine)-nerds; and computer competent women using femininity to surprise their environments.
LAB: In the lab session we will bring with us the focus on stability and change, as we will see a documentary about the women who worked with the first electronic computer, the ENIAC, built in the US during World War II. These women were pioneers in the computer world, programming the ENIAC without manuals. But they were not celebrated like the male engineers, they were cropped out of pictures of the machine, and later forgotten and rather interpreted as women “posed in front of the machine ‘to make it look good’”. As these early stories about women’s relationships with computer technology are still not widely recognized, their stories represent important perspectives even for today’s discussion of gender-technology relations and how to interpret stability and change in these relations.
WHEN: 27 November kl. 15.15-18.00
15.15-16.45 Lecture + Q & A
** short break **
17.00-18.00 continues with film and discussion
WHERE? Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund. Room 201, in Kulturanatomen at Biskopsgatan 7.
HOW: Drop in. It is not mandatory to announce your participation ahead of time, but it is much appreciated! Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This post was written by sakj on November 1, 2012