I have taught a graduate seminar on Feminism and Technology three different times, In 2013, I co-taught it with C.L. Cole and Sharra Vostral; in 2014 and 2015, I taught it solo. Part of an ambitious collaborative learning experiment, this seminar investigates the intersections of gender and technoculture.
In early 2012, Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College) and Anne Balsamo (now at the New School) got together with a group of other scholars and artists to figure out ways to leverage their knowledge and experiences with technology through the lens of feminisms; this group launched FemTechNet. Many in this group joined to create a Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) as an innovative response to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Our 2013 seminar was one of about eighteen courses offered, distributed across the United States and Canada. Rather than one expert speaking to a massive number of people online, we shared curricula, tested platforms, and co-created resources. FemTechNet continues to grow in numbers, locations, and energies.
There is a shared set of recorded dialogues with pre-eminent thinkers and artists on the FemTechNet Vimeo channel concerning feminisms and technologies.
Here are two articles that DOCCument the DOCC:
- Anne Balsamo, “A Work of Feminist TechnoCultural Innovation: Creating an Alternative Genre of MOOC,” SPECTRA bulletin of the National Communication Association, January 2013.
- Alexandra Juhasz and Anne Balsamo, “An idea whose time is here: FemTechNet, a Distributed Online Collaborative Course,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (Issue 1: Nov. 2012).
Two people below are stepping onto a field in central Illinois. Perhaps they are trespassers, maybe they are explorers. I think trespassing is necessary to learn.