Course Schedule


Dis/ability and Technology (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Jan Müggenburg

Einzeltermin | Do, 14.04.2022, 09:45 - Do, 14.04.2022, 13:15 | HMS 231/232
Einzeltermin | Do, 28.04.2022, 09:45 - Do, 28.04.2022, 13:15 | HMS 211/215
Einzeltermin | Do, 09.06.2022, 09:45 - Do, 09.06.2022, 13:15 | HMS 231/232
Einzeltermin | Do, 09.06.2022, 14:00 - Do, 09.06.2022, 17:30 | intern | Ditze Hörsaal
Einzeltermin | Do, 23.06.2022, 09:45 - Do, 23.06.2022, 11:15 | HMS 211/215
Einzeltermin | Do, 07.07.2022, 09:45 - Do, 07.07.2022, 13:15 | HMS 231/232

Inhalt: This course will cover multiple perspectives on disability as it relates to digital media, technology, and the design of interactive systems. Readings will draw from research in media studies, disability studies, assistive technology, and human-computer interaction. We will look at historical constellations of digital barriers as well as contemporary media and technologies as they relate to people with disabilities.

Feminism and Technology (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Vera Tollmann

14-täglich | Donnerstag | 09:45 - 13:15 | 07.04.2022 - 02.06.2022 | HMS 139 | Hörsaal Film 113 on 07.04.
Einzeltermin | Do, 09.06.2022, 14:00 - Do, 09.06.2022, 17:30 | intern | Ditze Hörsaal
Einzeltermin | Do, 30.06.2022, 09:45 - Do, 30.06.2022, 13:15 | HMS 139

Inhalt: Feminism and Technology Where did feminist criticism of technology start? Which technologies caused feminist scientists to scrutinize their implications? How can we today learn from this mode of thinking? Now, Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto" in 1985 criticized the human-machine relationship as defined in what back then was called Big Science to inscribe other fictional configurations. This essay could be considered a starting point for debates about feminist methods and strategies to imaginatively construct a future with computer technologies. Since then, debates have been further intensified by the increasing importance of the Internet first and machine learning today. Recent critique is directed against intelligent household items, virtual assistants, or biometric applications, while besides confronting technology, feminists are also shaping technology and modes of use. Besides discussing critical texts from STS, media studies, and cultural studies, we will look at current research and practice formations, such as the feminist AI research network or the project Feminist Server. Feminist thinking and writing provide us with a sharp lens to consider technologies' impacts connected with investments in neighboring disciplines. This seminar is about affirmative and critical techno-feminist responses to developments in Silicon Valley and beyond. How do we come to terms with the tech world and reflect its ambivalent changes?