Feminist Technoscience MA and Summer School 

Ecologies of Emergence

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th /Friday 18th of June 2021

The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Lancaster University, UK, in cooperation with Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies and Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, is pleased to announce its annual Summer School in Feminist Technoscience Studies. The course will be organised around the theme Ecologies of Emergency.

We’ll take as our cue the Latin root ‘emergentia,’ with its invocations of emergence as that which ‘arises or brings to light.’  Reading rhetorics of emergence/emergency through feminist science and technology studies will allow us both to engage with contemporary calls to respond (to climate change, to pandemics), and also to look critically at what is brought to light in those calls and what they systematically obscure. More specifically, we will question who gives voice to calls of emergency, how we are called to respond within what kinds of temporalities, what longer histories of modernity/coloniality we need to hear these calls differently, and how feminist/decolonial praxis can help to engender new collaborations towards pluriversality and more than human worlding.

Delivered as a 4-day intensive summer school by a group of tutors and guest lecturers, this course includes a mixture of interactive workshops, lectures, film screenings and (virtual) excursions.  We will explore the ways in which feminists have engaged with questions of life, embodiment, and the Other in imaginaries and materialisations of technosciences and naturecultures. What counts as life and whose lives count?  What relations of response-ability do we have for the sociotechnologies that increasingly become us?  How do we research and do politics around practices of normativity and alterity, of making and taking life?

Tutors: Maggie Mort, Vicky Singleton, and Claire Waterton – Centre for Science Studies, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies and Centre for Study of Environmental Change, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

The core teaching staff will be joined in guest workshops with:

Maureen McNeil (CSS/CGWS Lancaster University, Emerita)

Celia Roberts (Australian National University

Israel Rodríguez Giralt (Open University of Catalonia)

Lucy Suchman (CSS/CGWS Lancaster University, Emerita)

In response to the demands of the Covid pandemic all teaching and participating will be on-line. We are sad about this because we see this module/summer school as a collective feminist intervention that, in important ways, emerges through (and promotes) the collaboration between all of us – staff and students.

Further to the above, please note that the format of this programme may change. In particular, we know that the on-line teaching and learning context can be demanding, and in different ways to face to face experience. For example, sessions may need to be shorter and regular breaks will be incorporated. We will also use a variety of teaching and learning formats as we seek to promote a collaborative and inclusive experience for all: some sessions will include a recorded lecture or conversation, others a synchronous workshop and presentation that we may seek to record so that it is available following the session. We will also ask you to engage with a diversity of materials including academic texts, websites, social media, manifestos and activist interventions, empirical data and creative products of research such as films and games.

TO REGISTER:
Lancaster University MA and doctoral students can contact Emma Taylor to register.
External participants can register following this link: https://online-payments.lancaster-university.co.uk/product-catalogue/courses/sociology/summer-school-in-feminist-technoscience-studies

Convenor and contact: Vicky Singleton (d.singleton@lancaster.ac.uk).

 

Provisional Programme

Monday 14 June
10:00-10:15 Welcome
10:15-10:30 Self-introductions (All)
10:30-12:00 Session I: Introduction to Feminist Technoscience Studies with a particular focus on ecologies of emergency Professor Maureen McNeil and colleagues
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Session 2: Emergent care under Covid: attending differently to women undergoing treatment for gynaecological cancer  Professor Vicky Singleton
Tuesday 14 June
10:00–12:00 Session 3: Pregnancy, birth and parenting during the Australian bushfires and the Covid pandemic Professor Celia Roberts
12:00–14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Session 4: Disasters as a matter of (un)care Professor Israel Rodríguez Giralt
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:30 Session 5: Pathological land grabs? Practices of othering in disaster response Professor Maggie Mort
Wednesday 15 June
10:00-12:00 Session 6: Facilitated discussion – how does the concept of ecologies of emergency play out in your intellectual concerns and research, with 2 facilitators
12:00- 14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Session 7: Shit Matters: Researching and thinking the ‘entangled unwanted’ with Feminist Technoscience Studies Professor Claire Waterton
Thursday 17 June
10:00-12:00 Session 9: MA student presentations and discussion of essay topics and PhD discussion of how the module themes relate to their research (with all course tutors)
12.00-14:00 Lunch break
15:00-16:30 Session 8: Engaging emergent movements of anti-militarism with feminist/decolonial STS Professor Lucy Suchman
Friday 18 June
10:30-12:00 Session 9: Concluding discussion

            

Registration for the Feminist Technoscience MA and Summer School 2021 now open!

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