Feminism and technology: a depth psychology enquiry

Feminism and technology: 

Embodied life for the female body is compromised by the ways and means of giving birth, raising children, displaying and living out identities, and gender. We want to explore this in ways that include social media, fictional and dystopian future ways of living too within oppressed and colonised communications, and in difficult terrains. 

We learn from Donna Haraway about metaphors of cyborg life, and ‘situated knowing’ – algorithms of life generated by performative requirements, and by unconscious and unpredictable curves in agency. Does the very use of technological means impact on the psyche as Karan Barad insists? Cultural life including but not limited to the internet and AI, robotics, underpins contemporary living internationally, and Jung addressed ways these props impinged on life [the geography of imagination that runs alongside the everyday world of consensual reality?]- either facilitating or quashing genuine human living – are the technological tools infected by conventional and continued restrictive ways, for example, of how we give birth in hospitals with images of animal behaviour? 

Jungian psychology accommodates the multiple personalities [personae?] that we all use to survive, and looks to collective tropes and Psychosocial cultural tools that legitimise multiple faces of embodied life especially for women. 

We welcome approaches to technology as they impact on female life globally – from internet use, to invasive and biologically altering medical technology, and science fiction as female writers engage with medical applications to female life. The facility of interaction on social media – blurring female capacities and creativity, or enabling oppression more easily. Manipulation of pain as a side-effect in enhancing the body toward technologically enhanced ‘looks’. The ecologically aware use of technology has specific effect on females as they try to raise children in ways that will mean there is a habitable planet – in fact decisions about having children at all work in here.  Other themes might be: 

– Artificial intelligence, robotics, and the female 

– The female persona in social media

– Feminism and social media influencers

– The female “diva” icon in digital media 

– Female representation: photoshopping

– Feminist movements and the internet

– Anonymity protection and female voices in the digital world 

We look for 300-500 word summary along with biography by end of January 2020, extended to end of February 2020...for presentation at conference on 25th June 2020 – speaking length will be 15-20  minutes for maximum discussion time. Invitations will go out by end of February. Send proposals to gardner.leslie@gmail.com. Suggested donations to be announced.

Venue: Amnesty International Building, Shoreditch, London.

Convenors: Catriona Miller (Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland) , Roula Maria Dib (American University, Dubai, Emirates) and Leslie Gardner (Dept PPS,University of Essex, England).

The conference is co-endorsed by the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex and the International Association of Jungian Studies with support of a grant from The Chase Feminist Network, London.