intersectionality in Uppsala, February 12

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On February 12, I will be at the University of Uppsala for a workshop on 'Intersectionality - Experiences of Inclusion and Exclusion'. Check out the program. Below you can read the abstract of my talk.

Studying mediated activism through feminist understandings of technology
Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam/Oslo)

Studying activism entails relating with and writing about vulnerable subjects, both groups and individuals. Vulnerability takes many forms, often intersecting known categories of discrimination such as gender, race and sexual orientation and class; what’s more, often activists are subject to surveillance and repression, often perpetrated and/or facilitated through digital technology. Working with vulnerable subjects such as activists calls for setting up appropriate additional safeguards that have consequences, at two levels: ontological/epistemological and
ethical/methodological.

While (new) media studies applied to activism have often considered media as an empowering force able to shape activism for the better, feminist theories of technology emerged along the axis of Science and Technology Studies (STS) might help us to take into account as well as contextualize forms of discrimination that exist within and/or are perpetuated through digital technology. This contribution reflects on what can we learn from STS for the study of contemporary activism, with a focus on tech and data activism.