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PROGRAMMING: Broken Machine Feminism with Sarah Sharma

Broken Machine Feminism with Sarah Sharma

Tuesday, February 11, 2020: 6-8PM
CSI Regent Park Lounge

This workshop will begin with a lecture on the topic of feminist/critical race approaches to technology. Sharma will introduce participants to the term “Broken Machine Feminism.” We will discuss how reframing and re-thinking contemporary lived gendered/raced/classed forms of inequity as having a technological politics can generate new potentials for activism/artistic practice/daily life. We will re-think such things as #meToo, the white neoliberal co-opting of self-care, responses to SIRI and Alexa’s gender identity, and anything else the participants want to put on the table for Broken Machine retooling. The workshop will then generate very specific Broken Machine approaches generated by the lived experiences of participants.

Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor of Media Theory at the ICCIT/Faculty of Information and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching focuses on the relationship between technology, time and labour with a specific focus on issues related to gender, race, and class. She is the author of In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 2014). Sarah is currently working on a new book,The sExit, which explores the relationship between technology, gender and cultural fantasies of exit. At the McLuhan Centre, Sarah directs interdisciplinary research and public programming concerned with navigating and understanding the complexities of contemporary digital life.

Broken Machine Feminism is part of the Virtual Grounds workshop and research series, co-presented with the Digital Justice Lab and Trinity Square Video and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.