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  • Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking [#geekgirl]

    Journal of Peer Production (JoPP)
    Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking

    Editors:  Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin

    There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to
    practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off
    as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical
    fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of
    liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political
    analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work,
    among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have
    been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored
    in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that
    have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain
    understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos
    Computer Club (CCC).

    With this special issue of the Journal of Peer Production, we hope to
    delve more deeply into these critiques to imagine new forms of feminist
    technical praxis that redefine these practices and/or open up new ones.
    How can we problematize hacking, tinkering, geeking and making through
    feminist theories and epistemologies? How do these practices, in fact,
    change when we begin to consider them through a feminist prism? Can we
    envision new horizons of practice and possibility through a feminist

    In this call, we understand feminist perspectives to be pluralistic,
    including intersectional, trans, genderqueer, and race-sensitive
    viewpoints that are committed to the central principles of
    feminism–agency, fulfillment, empowerment, diversity, and social
    justice.  We refer to the term hacking with a full understanding of its
    histories and limitations. That said, we use it provisionally to
    provoke, stimulate, and reimagine new possibilities for technical
    feminist practice. Hacking, as a form of subjectivity and a mode of
    techno-political engagement, has recently emerged as a site of intense
    debate, being equally lauded as a political ethos of freedom and
    slandered as an elitist form of expertise. These fervid economic and
    political ideals have been challenged and at times come under attack
    because they not only displace women and genderqueer within these
    technological communities but, more importantly, because they displace
    gendered forms of reflection and engagement.

    Drawing on a growing community of feminist scholarship and practices, we
    hope to build on this momentum to invite submissions that
    reconceptualize the relationship between feminism and hacking. We aim to
    highlight feminist hackers, makers and geeks not only as new communities
    of experts, but as new modes of engagement and novel theoretical
    developments. In turn, with this special issue, we hope to challenge
    both concepts of feminism and hacking to ask several questions. How can
    feminist approaches to hacking open up new possibilities for
    technopolitics? Historically, hacking discourses center on political and
    labor aesthetics of creation, disruption, and transgression. How can
    feminist theories of political economy push technopolitical imaginaries
    towards alternate ideals of reproduction, care, and maintenance?
    Conversely, we also ask how notions of hacking can open up new
    possibilities for feminist epistemologies and modes of engagement?

    We seek scholarly articles and commentaries that address any of the
    following themes and beyond. We are also interested in portraits,
    understood broadly, of feminist hackers, makers and geeks that help us
    better understand feminist hacker, maker and geek culture. We also
    solicit experimental formats such as photo essays or other media that
    address the special issue themes.

    •        What is distinctive about feminist hacking or hackers?  How
    does feminist hacking practices help create a distinct feminist hacking

    •        Why are feminist hacking practices emerging? Which
    constellation of factors help the emergence of such practices?

    •        What do we know about the feminist hacker spectrum? i.e. what
    are the differences among feminist hacking practices and how can we make
    sense of these distinctions?

    •        What tensions in hacking and/or in hacker practices and
    culture(s) come to the fore when feminist, anti-patriarchal,
    anti-racist, anti-capitalist and/or anti-oppression perspectives are taken?

    •        What does feminist hacker ethic(s) entail?

    •        What kind of social imaginaries are emerging with feminist
    hacking and hackers?

    •        What kinds of hacking are taking place beyond the Euro-American

    Submission abstracts of 300-500 words due by September 8, 2014, and
    should be sent to

    All peer reviewed papers will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer
    Production guidelines; see

    Full papers and materials (peer reviewed papers around 8,000 words and
    testimonies, self-portraits and experimental formats up to 4,000 words)
    are due by January 31st, 2015 for review.

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  • Feminist art in the 1970s and 1980s in Australia – A different temporality #Melbourne #feminist #geekgirl

    Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Soft geometry 1982

    Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Soft geometry 1982

    Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia

    A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice 1975-1985 brings together feminist approaches to temporality in the visual arts, with a focus on the late 1970s and early 1980s in Australia.

    Rather than simply presenting a summary of feminist practice at the time, the selected works reflect prevalent debates and modes of practice. They focus upon dematerialisation of the art object, the role of film theory, and the adoption of diaristic and durational modes of practice, including performance, photography and film.

    The exhibition presents the work of Micky Allan, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Bonita Ely, Sue Ford, Helen Grace, Lyndal Jones and Jenny Watson.

    According to Max Delany, director of MUMA, the exhibition is long overdue.

    “Focussing on a critical, albeit under-represented, period in recent contemporary art practice, A Different Temporality invokes a radical history and dynamic body of work, of particular relevance to the social turn in current art practice, which we hope will stimulate new debates and further action and reflection,” Mr Delany said.

    A Different Temporality presents a diverse selection of art that engages with the concept of temporality as both metaphor and subject.  While it might not openly exemplify an overriding logic, the collection illustrates various feminist approaches to history, as well as repetition and flow, and the concept of cinematic montage – which continue to resonate in the present.

    Dr Kyla McFarlane, exhibition curator said the artists represented in the exhibition shared an interest in time, seen through the adoption of mediums including film and performance, which places them at the forefront of innovative art practice.

    “The diverse – sometimes oppositional – approaches to political and cultural debates by these women artists shows us something of the complex recent history of feminist art practice in Australia,” Dr McFarlane said.

    A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice will be on display at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Caulfield campus until 17th December 2011.

  • Making it Handmade: The Documentary #craft #feminism #sex #geekgirl

    Think craft is for grannies? Think again.

    making it handmade

    making it handmade

    A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they’re cross-stitching slogans on hurricane wire and constructing plush female genitalia from craft supplies.

    Following four local women who’ve taken a seemingly staid past-time and injected it with a youthful, modern aesthetic, filmmaker Anna Brownfield shows a side of craft more closely aligned with punk DIY culture than with Martha Stewart and ‘home sweet home’ tapestries.

    “I wanted to show that craft was no longer daggy but had moved into a new era and was being reclaimed by women who had been brought up as feminists.” – filmmaker Anna Brownfield

    Starring: Pip Lincolne, Gemma Jones, Faythe Levine, Rayna Fahey, Casey Jenkins and the awesome Melbourne craft community

    Anna Brownfield is a Melbourne based independent filmmaker who makes films about sex and craft.

    For Sydney folk Mu-Meson Archives will screen Making it Handmade, Oct 2nd, 2010.
    Mu-Meson Archives at Crn Parramatta Rd & Trafalgar St Annandale (Sydney) at the end of King Furniture building up the steel staircase. Phone 02 9517-2010

  • IQ2 live debate: #Feminism Has Failed #Melbourne #geekgirl

    As Australia assesses the vote for its first female prime minister, Intelligence Squared tackles its most controversial debate yet: Has feminism failed?

    After generations of effort, women still bear a disproportionate burden of domestic labour. Women are under-represented in the senior ranks of politics, business and the professions. If the minority government doesn’t hold, Julia Gillard’s prime ministership may be the shortest in our history. What role did her gender play at the ballot box? Statistics show women continue to be denied equal pay for equal work and young women are less likely to identify as feminists than their mothers. What does this say about feminism? Has it failed to mobilise and inspire? Or should feminists be celebrating a deeper victory in which a new generation of young men and women take equality for granted?

    Intelligence Squared is a provocative and informative series of live debates on hot-button issues, offering a sometimes fiery, often controversial and always entertaining forum for healthy argument. The format is the traditional Oxford-style debate, with one side proposing and the other opposing a sharply framed motion. Three speakers argue on each side of the motion. After the formal rguments, the debate is thrown open to the floor for moderated questions. The live audience votes both before and after hearing the arguments, so each debate has a clear measure of how far people have actually been swayed.

    Intelligence Squared in Melbourne is a project of the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

    More about the speakers:
    Virginia Haussegger is a journalist, author and social commentator. Her writing includes a seminal article on feminism and childlessness, and the book Wonder Woman: the myth of “having it all” She currently presents News on ABC TV, Canberra.

    Gay Alcorn is a Walkley award-winning journalist who joined The Age in 1989.  She was Washington correspondent from 1999-2002 and was appointed editor of The Sunday Age in 2008.

    Stephen Mayne is a Walkley award-winning journalist, shareholder activist and founder of Crikey and the Mayne Report. He has also run as an independent in State and Federal elections.

    Jennifer Byrne has 26 years experience in television, radio and print journalism and over this time, has interviewed many world leaders, international thinkers and writers. She is currently presenter of the First Tuesday Book Club on ABC TV.

    Monica Dux is a Melbourne writer. She has published widely on women’s issues and co-authored the book The Great Feminist Denial. She is currently working on a book about modern motherhood.

    Wendy McCarthy was a founding member and co-convenor of the Women’s Electoral Lobby in 1972. She has been an educator, advocate and social commentator, and a company director for the past forty years.  

    Debate date: 22 September 2010

  • Cherchez la Femme III: Feminism and Sport #melbourne #feminism #geekgirl

    Gear up for the third instalment of Cherchez la Femme: Feminism and Sport. Is the Australian obsession with sport an intractable problem for the feminist project? Is it just institutionalised aggression, bloodlust and body fascism? Or can it be a space in which women take power, channel their own aggression, and feel part of a community? The panel will be made up of athletes, fanatical consumers of sporting coverage, critics of the elite codes, sporting enthusiasts, game-goers and all manner of other feminists for a full and frank appraisal of how women fit in to a discussion about sport and our society.

    Speakers: Lisa Gye, boxer Mischa Merz, roller girl Genevieve ‘danger’ Berrick and Seb Prowse

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    The Fox Hotel
    351 Wellington St (cnr Alexandra Pde)
    Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
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