Intersecting Identities and Technological Imaginaries of Contemporary Cultures: Gender and Power
The notion of the politics of locations is one of the epistemological foundations of feminist theory and gender knowledge. It has developed over the last twenty years from a political slogan into a fully-fledged methodological framework, which encompasses several theoretical variations. One of the most relevant aspects of this notion is that it explores the parameters for the kinds of subject positions that have become available as a result of changing gender roles in society.The politics of location, however, also works at the macro-level as a tool by which global power relations can be assessed in the light of feminist politics and gender concerns. This has led, among others, to discussions about the transnational nature of feminist subjectivity and to intersectional methods of analysis, which account
simultaneously for a variety of axes of marginalization: gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, and sexuality.
Very inter-disciplinary in orientation, this two-week course presents approaches from the humanities (history, literature, the arts), from the social studies of science, and from the social sciences of anthropology and philosophy. Great emphasis will be placed on the both the semiotic and the material constructions of technologically mediated gendered cultures. Throughout this debate, cross-references will be made to the new technologies, and their overwhelming impact upon issues related to gender identity, power relations and to the status of women and other minorities in contemporary societies.