Lab Activities

Reading group on STS, feminism, queer theory and new materialism - 'TBD'

TBD is an interdisciplinary reading group on the intersections between science and technology studies (STS), feminism, queer studies, posthumanism and new materialism. TBD will engage with works - both contemporary and otherwise - that deal with the relationships between technology, sexuality and culture. What kind of technological imaginaries are presented by works stemming from feminist and queer perspectives? How do technological developments in turn affect the way gender, sexuality and materiality are conceptualized? What kind of theoretical and methodological tools are needed to account for the relations between contemporary subjects and their techno-environments?

The group is organised as part of the research lab activities of the Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems research group (ITeG, Fachbereich 16) and Soziologie der Diversität (Fachbereich 05), and will take place at the research lab premises in Kassel. Those interested in joining please email Jennifer Stoll (jennifer.stoll@uni-kassel.de) and Goda Klumbyte (goda.klumbyte@uni-kassel.de). 

LabMeetings of the project "Reconfiguring Computing through Cyberfeminism and New Materialism"

Femke Snelting giving a talk in front of PowerPoint presentation
Femke Snelting giving a talk on methodologies, 14 March 2019

The LabMeetings of the CF+ project have been taking place within the framework of our research lab. The project includes 4 LabMeetings in total, all organised in collaboration with and with support of Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG). 

LabMeetings are meant as research spaces where participants can explore the intersections between the three main topics: cyber-/techno-feminism, computing and (feminist) new materialism. They also work as network-building meetings for interested artists, activists, theorists and researchers that wish to pursue further collaborations on the aforementioned topics.

So far, we have discussed the legacies of cyberfeminism and future technofeminist trajectories with cyberfeminist pioneer Cornelia Sollfrank; we explored what would it mean to build a feminist data set and to lead a feminist technological practice with Caroline Sinders; and we inquired into what kind of methodologies are needed to be able to work between computational practice and feminist theory with artist and designer Femke Snelting.

For more information about the project and its conceptual premises, please see here.