Feminism & Tech Reading List

At our last Feminism & Tech day, we discussed a lot of interesting texts and films. Hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did. For those of you who missed it, here’s a short reading/watch list of what we discussed.

We hope to put together a comprehensive resource pack, an ‘alternative feminist curriculum for technology and science’, at the end of the programme, so please do send us any suggestions you might have to add to this! Contact tech@feministlibrary.co.uk.

Feminist AI reading list

We had a very interesting discussion on Donna Haraway and her Cyborg Manifesto, which is easily accessible online: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fictionnownarrativemediaandtheoryinthe21stcentury/manifestly_haraway_—-_a_cyborg_manifesto_science_technology_and_socialist-feminism_in_the_….pdf

We watched Christine Halsall’s Men’s Madness: The Myth of Male Reason, which is also available online: https://www.christinehalsall.co.uk/films

And Kate Devlin’s TEDx talk on sex robots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlNV2fx7iS0

Another interesting one to watch in this context is Kathleen Richardson’s take on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaMiH93-iPE

We also discussed a couple of books from the Library which also provide an interesting take on the topic of AI from the feminist perspective:

Teaching Technology from a Feminist Perspective by Joan Rotschild

The Gendered Cyborg edited by Gill Kirkup, Fiona Hovenden, Linda Janes, Kathryn Woodward

Artificial Knowing: Gender and the Thinking Machine by Alison Adam

The Feminist Library also holds many other fascinating titles on AI and in the wider area of technology from a feminist perspective, including:

The Death of Nature by Carolyn Merchant

Which is an absolute must-read for anyone with an interest in this topic.

This is just a starting point to a proper resource list that we hope to have at the end of the programme, so watch this space!

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