[Air-L] CFP: Where have all the cyberfeminists gone?

Radhika Gajjala cyborgwati at gmail.com
Sun Nov 1 15:55:48 PST 2009

Title: Where have all the cyberfeminists gone?

Editor: Radhika Gajjala

Submit Abstracts/proposals to radhika at cyberdiva.org by December 30 2009.

Abstracts should be 1000 words long and should clearly detail the
primary research questions, research site(s), theoretical framework
and methodology.

If you have questions about publication plans and venue for this
collection - email me.



As Faith Wilding and Critical Art Ensemble have noted "the territory
of cyberfeminism is large. It includes the objective arenas [of]
cyberspace, institutions of industrial design, and institutions of
education--that is, those arenas in which technological process is
gendered in a manner that excludes women from access to the empowering
points of techno-culture." Cyberfeminism necessitates an awareness of
how power plays out in any mediated context and privileges decentered,
multiple, participatory practices.
In the 1990s, several scholars and activists came forth with
Cyberfeminist interventions and analyses of technocultures worldwide
and their work connected with that of well known Feminists such as
Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding, Katherine Hayles and Vandana Shiva
among others.
This collection is meant to be an exploration of what it means to be
cyberfeminist now - more than a
decade after Feminists burst forth onto the Internet scene demanding
material access and social intervention both online and offline. What for
instance does it mean to be “cyberfeminist” in a time when women are
everywhere on the internet as consumers and as paid and free laborers?
How does cyberfeminism play out in relation to forms of social
entrepreneurship and online philanthropy (such as microfinance for
instance)? What role to feminists play in a digital era of social
networks, gaming cultures and digital finance when claims are made
that feminism is no longer necessary? How do race, class, place,
space, ethnicity, religion and nationalisms play into how women
negotiate various technomediated environments online and offline?

Or, in other words – where have all the cyberfeminists gone? Where are
they going...

Radhika Gajjala
Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies
Interim Women's Studies Director 2009-2010
233 Shatzel
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH  43403

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