The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic changed our professional and private lives suddenly and immensely. The notion of relevance (“e.g. jobs relevant for the system”) shifted, care-work and privileges became very visible. Some hoped that lock-down measures – to “flatten the curve” of infections – will lead to a higher appreciation of paid and unpaid labour of care and corrode its inherent gender inequalities.
However, inequities in our societies have not magically vanished, we learned that gender violence might occur at even higher levels in forced quarantine and many women* experienced a re-traditionalization of gender roles in their homes. Social inequality also plays out in terms of access to education and work through technology and internet, and possibilities of digitized kin making. How has the pandemic affected you and your communit(ies)? What are your observations of social change occurring? What has remained consistent – if anything – and what are new possibilities that have opened up?
We are seeking for contributions – audios, videos, images, texts – to illuminate and share queer-feminist experiences of these pandemic times. We are explicitly interested in intersectional analyses and experiences from different living contexts and geographical areas
Please send us abstracts describing your idea in 2000 to 2500 signs (blanks included) until July 20th to .
Time schedule for issue #5 in 2020
Call for contributions: June 18th
Deadline for submitting abstracts: July 20th
Feedback on your abstracts: July 31st
Submission of first full version of contribution: August 31st
Review feedback: September 18th
Submission final version of contribution: October 30th
Planned date of publication: November 30th
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While 2018 takes its last breath, we present the third edition of our Queer-Feminist Science and Technology Studies Forum, in which we aimed at ‘queering diversity’ and searched for the queer and the class in academia and research. Our idea behind this issue was to take a closer look at the – supposed – gap between diversity policies and actual practices.
We have four exciting contributions: Claudia Chiang-Lopez from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, critically discusses the various hegemonic interpretations of students leaving/being pushed out of secondary and tertiary education. Daniela Zanini-Freitag, member of our Queer STS working group, held with Jay Pongruengphant, the current UNDP national officer on Governance, Human Rights and LGBTI of the Being LGBTI in Asia programme. Tessa Leach critically examines the sexbot inherent conflict of neoliberal commodification of women’s bodies and the fear of objectification and violence of some feminist discourses and is also a teaser for next year’s fourth issue of our Queer STS Forum which will be discussing “Queer-feminist perspectives on sex robots” (CfP here!).The fourth and final contribution is a conversational interview between Daniela Jauk, co-editor and member of our Queer STS working group and Reni Hofmüller who is a multidimensional queer-feminist artist, art organizer, media maker, DIY tech activist, educator, and so much more.
Enjoy and happy, queer-feminist 2019!
We’re happy to announce that the call for our 4th Queer STS Forum on queer-feminist perspectives on sex robots is out now:
We’re looking forward to your contributions.
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Im Rahmen eine Serie von Workshops anlässlich des 30. Geburtstags des IFZ (www.ifz.at) veranstalten wir einen zum Thema:
„‚Bodies & Technologies’ – Queere Perspektiven auf Körper und Technologien“.
Zeit und Ort: Donnerstag, 6. September 2018, 17-20 Uhr, IFZ, Schlögelgasse 2, 2. Stock, 8010 Graz
In diesem Workshop wollen wir zentrale Forschungsinteressen der Arbeitsgruppe Queer STS in den Mittelpunkt stellen. Im ursprünglichen Sinn bezieht sich die Idee hinter dem Begriff ‚queer‘ u.a. auf die Kritik an heteronormativen Wertvorstellungen und an einer binären, dichotomen Geschlechterordnung. Eine ‚queere Perspektive‘ versucht aber auch generell Norm(ierung)en, Standardisierungen und Kategori(sierung)en zu hinterfragen. Normierungen und Kategorisierungen gehören im alltäglichen Leben zwar zu den Mechanismen erfolgreicher psychologischer Komplexitätsreduktion und im wissenschaftlichen sowie technologischen Bereich dienen sie dazu, Prozesse nachvollziehbar und vergleichbar zu machen. Immer dann jedoch, wenn solche Normsetzungen Menschen betreffen (z. B. deren Körper, deren Leistungsvermögen, deren Einstellungen etc.), können Stigmatisierung, Diskriminierung und Ausschlüsse als negative Folgen beobachtet werden.
In diesem Workshop laden wir Interessierte ein, ihre Erfahrungen und Konzeptionen (aus Forschung, Kunst, Praxis …) auf „Körper“ und „Technologien“ einzubringen und für uns be-greif-bar zu machen. Alle Teilnehmenden haben 3-5 Min. Zeit für ihren individuellen Input/ihre Performance zu ‚Bodies & Technologies‘, in weiterer Folge moderieren Anita Thaler (IFZ Graz, AG Queer STS) und Lisa Scheer (Uni Graz, AG Queer STS) den Workshop, in dem es vor allem um das sich Kennenlernen, voneinander Lernen und gemeinsame Interessen Entdecken geht.
Es gibt Zeit und Kulinarisches, um miteinander ins Gespräch kommen und zu netzwerken!
Da wir für diese Veranstaltung nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Plätzen zur Verfügung haben, bitten wir euch/Sie, euch/sich bis spätestens 24. August 2018 verbindlich und mit dem Titel deines/ihres Beitrags per mail anzumelden:
Wir freuen uns auf euer/Ihr Kommen! Anita & Lisa
“Queering Diversity” – In Search of the Queer and the Class in Academia and Research
Within the Bologna Process “making our [European higher education] systems more inclusive” is one of the latest main goals, as it was formulated by the ministers of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in the Yerevan Communiqué of 2015. Despite efforts to create universities as more open by diversifying students and faculty, academia is still a place of “homosocial reproduction” (Kanter 1977; Möller 2014). The commercial space of technology and engineering also promises remarkable social mobility opportunities for “diverse” individuals (ie. working class, rural, ethnically diverse, queer, etc.), yet these are not kept when examining actual workforce composition. Vivianne Castello put this reality bluntely in her article “Why Most Conversations in Tech About Diversity Are Bullshit — and What to Do About It“.
Intersectionality theory became a great tool to theoretically dissect mono-dimensional shortcomings of diversity efforts, yet Bilge (2013) analyzes how a specific form of academic feminism in tune with the neoliberal knowledge economy works to “depoliticize intersectionality,” neutralizing the critical potential of intersectionality and stripping it from its important power-reflexive analytical potential. Same applies to “diversity studies” which is being translated into managerial voice and then becomes a means to increase profit by and to work more effectively on multinational and multicultural projects, rather than to critically reflect biases and work environments. Class is often completely left out of these conversations. For academia Warnock (2016) describes stereotypes and micro-aggressions working class academics encounter and how their struggling to pass in a middle-class culture leads more and more to increased precarious job situations.
In this issue of Queer STS Forum we seek to unmask shallow applications of diversity in academia, research, and innovation and detach it from the ‘wellness-marketing-corner’ of tech corporations by bringing the question of power into focus: Where specifically is class and queerness in queer and intersectional Science and Technology Studies? We are looking for work that centers power issues and dares to speak about working class identities and advanced discrimination (Dressel et al 1994) lying within production systems of knowledge.
We invite contributions in English that may take experimental forms. In addition to academic journal articles and interviews, we can accommodate video-contributions as well as other multimedia essays and visualizations, since this is an open access online journal.
Bilge, Sirma. (2013). “Intersectionality Undone: Saving Intersectionality from Feminist Intersectional Studies.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. Special Issue: “Intersectionality: Mapping the Movements of a Theory. Vol.10, Issue 02, p. 405-424.
Castello, Vivianne (2017). “Why Most Conversations in Tech About Diversity Are Bullshit — and What to Do About It”. UX Collective, May 7, 2017.
Dressel, Paula, Weston Hartfield, Bernadette, Gooley, Ruby L. (1994). The Dynamics of Homosocial Reproduction in Academic Institutions. In: Journal of Gender and the Law, Vol 2:37., p. 37-62.
Kanter, Rosabeth Moss (1977) Men and Women of the Corporation. New York: BasicBooks.
Möller, Christina (2014). Als Arbeiterkind zur Professur? – Wissenschaftliche Karrieren und soziale Herkunft. Download: https://www.academics.at/wissenschaft/als-arbeiterkind-zur-professur_57198.html [29-9-2016].
Warnock Deborah M. (2016). Paradise Lost? Patterns and Precarity in Working-Class Academic Narratives. In: Journal of Working-Class Studies Volume 1 Issue 1, December 2016.p.28-44.
• Please send an abstract of your idea (250 words) until April 6, 2018 to anita.thaler’at’queersts.com
• Feedback/acceptance letters by May 1, 2018
• Contributions submitted until June 30, 2018
• Publication online December 31, 2018
Photo: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) edited by J.A.
We’re very happy to announce that our second Queer-Feminist STS Forum is out now.
The volume is about pro-kin utopias. But just read for yourself: http://queersts.com/forum-queer-sts/
The working group Queer STS has been interviewed by a youth online magazine about sex/gender binary and fluid sex/gender concepts.
Read the full interview (in German) here:
The first Volume of our Queer-Feminist Science and Technology Studies Forum is online!
You can read it here.