Feminism and technology: a depth psychology enquiry

Feminism and technology

****Another update: ****

Another update: we now have a good selection of papers for the conference at end of September – and confirmation that Justina Robson, author of such sci fi trilogy ‘Quantum Gravity’ will do opening talk. 

We are offering online participation alongside attendance in London at the Amnesty International Building on 28th September. If gatherings still prove to be impossible late September, we will convene solely online. Details will follow, but we will make final decision early August. We will use breakout spaces, and small panel presentations and avail ourselves of the chat function in zoom. 

Co-endorsed by IAJS and Dept PPS at Essex, supported with a grant from Chase Feminist Network, it should be dynamic and challenging. 

We can accept further proposals for assessment up to third week of May after which we will close to new proposals . Please send to Gardner.leslie@gmail.com with paper/file abstract for 15 minute paper, and brief biography.


**New Date: 28th September 2020 – if all goes well – at same venue (see below).

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 date to be announced...for presentation at conference autumn 2020 – speaking length will be 15-20  minutes for maximum discussion time. Invitations will go out in timely way. 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.