TechnoFeminisms: A Conversation About Pasts, Presents, and Futures

1980s; 1990s; activism; feminism; field-building; futurity, intergenerational relationships; leadership; mentorship; publication venues; technofeminism(s)


On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, a group of us met online to discuss the past, present, and future of technofeminisms. Participants included: Megan Adams, Kris Blair, Lanette Cadle, Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Radhika Gajjala, Angela Haas, Gail Hawisher, Donna LaCourt, Lisa Nakamura, Jackie Rhodes, Cindy Selfe, Barbi Smyser-Fauble, and Pam Takayoshi.

The conversation was shaped around the following questions, but, as conversations do, both honed in on and moved away from them:

  1. What initially drew you to feminist work with/around/on technology?

  2. What are one or two things that you’ve seen change in the past 25 years regarding technofeminism? What’s one thing you wish had changed that hasn’t?

  3. What are one or two things you’d like to call upon the current and next generation of technofeminist scholars to pursue, do, ask, etc.?

  4. What are your hopes for the future and legacy of your own technofeminist work?

We talked for about an hour and a half, and used a service to transcribe our conversation. We shared the transcription with participants, so they could alter, revise, or retract comments as they felt necessary.

Across the pages here, we present some threads and themes that emerged as we talked, along with some video clips from the conversation.