Sunday, 14 January 2018

Post-Cyber Feminisms: Mutations in Australian Feminist Technoscience

Call for Papers 4S Sydney - Open Panel #99 Panel Convenors: Emma Black, University of Queensland, Sally Olds, University of Melbourne, Thao Phan, University of Melbourne, Australia has a rich history of feminist critique and engagement with science and technology. From the VNS Matrix’ Cyberfeminist Manifesto to Laboria Cuboniks’ Xenofeminist Manifesto, Australian feminists have been at the forefront of experimental and radical scholarship and practice. While concepts from cyberfeminism and xenofeminism are now transnational, their uniquely situated histories within genealogies of feminist technoscience warrants further engagement. This open panel invites papers reflecting on Australian feminist technoscience “post-cyber feminism.” What mutations have occurred over time? By mutation, we refer to the transmission, variation and corruption of ideas and approaches to “doing” feminist theory and practice. Mutations call to attention changes in situated material contexts, in this case, the specific material-semiotic assemblages of time/place/people/events we call “Australia.” The questions we seek to address include: What are the uniquely Australian histories of feminist technoscience? How do these intersect with other forms of Australian feminisms, such as Aboriginal, postcolonial, queer? How can we think “xeno”-politics in a settler-colonising society? How do seemingly disparate movements in contemporary art, fiction, philosophy, and feminism draw on, respond to, and critically resist Australian cyberfeminism, and how has Australian cyberfeminism mutated in response to these? How have changing political, material, and technological conditions altered the field of cyberfeminism, perhaps necessitating the expanded taxonomy of what Helen Hester recently called “post-cyber feminism”? We seek both traditional conference papers and contributions that loosen or discard the conference paper format altogether: science-fiction, performance art, poetry, philosophy, and all other mutations. *Deadline: *Feb 1, 2018 *Submissions:* —— 4S Sydney 2018 - Call for Submissions Closes February 1st 2018 We are excited to announce that 4sSydney (August 29th - September 1st 2018) is now open for submissions: On this website you will find information about submitting a closed panels and single papers a paper to an open panel a Making and Doing session; and an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS Across Borders Exhibit. Our theme – TRANSnational STS – encourages presentations, panels, and other events that deepen and extend the transnational character of the Society itself, while engaging issues invoked by both the TRANS prefix (across, beyond, to change thoroughly), and by the problematic and evolving status of ‘nations’ in processes of global ordering. Over one hundred open panels have been accepted from scholars on every continent and covering every major STS theme. Please consider contributing to what is certain to be a rich and diverse regional conference – by submitting by adding to our collection of translations of the conference (currently 18 languages) or by contributing to the blog highlighting our two plenary themes, Indigenous STS and Querying STS Geneaologies. Please share this call to your networks far and wide, email us with any questions, and follow us on twitter or join our mailing list for updates. Emma Kowal and Matt Kearnes, Program Chairs