::fibreculture:: CFP 4S Open Panel: Celebrating and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in Technoscience Communities

Em O'Sullivan em.osullivan.15 at ucl.ac.uk
Mon Mar 1 13:08:09 CET 2021

**with apologies for cross-posting**

Dear colleagues,

We warmly invite abstract submissions for the open panel 'Celebrating 
and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in Technoscience 
to be held at the annual 4S meeting this year, between October 6-9. 
Abstracts of up to 250 words can be submitted at this portal 
<https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/ssss21/>, and the deadline 
is March 8. Please consider submitting an abstract, and do spread the 
word among colleagues and students. We look forward to reading your 

The call for papers is as follows:

*Celebrating and Critiquing Feminist Inclusion Strategies in 
Technoscience Communities*

Em O'Sullivan, University College London; Isha Bhallamudi, University of 
California, Irvine; Patricia Peña, University of Chile, Institute of 
Image and Communication

Science and technology communities come in many forms, from the elite 
community of research scientists within the academy to the myriad 
grassroots communities that spring up to take direct action on 
technology policy issues. Yet despite this wide variation in 
technoscience communities, many continue to reproduce gendered patterns 
of exclusion visible in science and technology more broadly.

This panel provides space for critiquing community practices and 
structures of exclusion that contribute to limiting who can participate 
in the production of technoscientific knowledge, who can contribute to 
decision-making around policy and innovation priorities, and who gets to 
design the technological products and infrastructure that shape our 
lives. But, in line with this year’s theme of “good relations”, it also 
aims to celebrate successful inclusion strategies, to identify 
replicable practices for enhancing community diversity, and to highlight 
radical experiments in relationship-building and community development. 
We believe that this year, of all years, this celebration of progress is 
particularly important.

We welcome contributions–from any geographical location in the Global 
South or North–that explore feminist community inclusion strategies from 
a wide range of theoretical approaches. These could include (but are not 
limited to): communities of practice; space and place-making; social 
field theory; identity theory; affect theory; participatory design and 
co-design practices; and critical making. We also welcome 
practice-oriented presentations that are not necessarily based in 
theory. We particularly welcome intersectional contributions that look 
at issues of gender inclusion/exclusion alongside axes of “race”, 
ethnicity, class, (dis)ability, transgender status, sexual identity, etc.

Contact: em.osullivan.15 at ucl.ac.uk


Em O'Sullivan (they/them)

PhD Student - Gender, Technology, and Makerspaces
Department of Science and Technology Studies
University College London

Latest article: "Excellence in the maker movement", /Journal of Peer 
Production, /Issue 12, 2018 

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