KTH Humanities Tech Event: Feminist in a Software Lab

Arrangör KTH
Tid 2019-01-30 13:0015:00
Plats KTH, Stockholm

KTH Humanities Tech Event "Feminist in a Software Lab" with Tara McPherson (more invited participants will be added later). The session will start off with Tara talking about her 2018 book Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference + Design, her work on creating multimedia platforms for digital scholarship, and more generally, her experience from working at the intersection of technology, media and the human and the humanities, and innovating at a university invested in media and technology.  

Tara's introduction will be followed by perspectives from other invited participants, including students, and an open dialogue which will also address gender, race, difference and technology within the context of contemporary society and institutes of technology. How do we best tackle difference in design work? Can software be feminist? What are the most productive intersections between the humanities and technology? What kinds of infrastructure and systems should we build for a better society? What are the opportunities and challenges at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology?

Invited participants/conversationlists include (more may be added):

  • Nishant Shah, Dean of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University
  • Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörns högskola
  • Celina Zander, Student, Civil Engineering Program in Media Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Tara McPherson is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is Director of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, and various online communities, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship. McPherson has been the lead on several groundbreaking experimental projects, including the multimedia authoring platform, Scalar.