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Nordic STS FemTech Panel June 7-9, 2023

Dear colleagues,

If you are interested in the intersection between STS and womens digital health, particularly with regard to access, inclusion, and justice, please consider joining the panel Who is FemTech For? at the upcoming Nordic STS conference in Oslo (June 7-9, 2023). /2023/nordic-sts/index.html

Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2023

Panel Organiser: Dr Lindsay Balfour, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University

Short Description:

This panel aims to explore FemTech within the context of Feminist Science and Technology Studies (FTST), whereby the entanglements of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality and other social and cultural identities are brought to the fore. If STS is inherently the consideration of the creation, development, and consequences of science and technology in their historical, cultural, and social contexts, then this panel asks, to borrow in part from Sara Daz, what role can technoscience play in the movements to achieve gender justice? and how are the operations of power and privileged exacerbated and challenged within the womens digital health milleu? (2020). In other words: Who is FemTech for?

This panel, then, responds to gaps in womens access to self-monitored technologies of wellbeing, and in consideration of intersectional marginalisations within both the health and technology sectors where racialized and low-income women suffer disproportionately. By addressing the gaps in FemTech research and socio-cultural barriers to access, this panel will critique the forms of knowledge and experience produced through medical and cultural discourses regarding womens bodies to both highlight the inequalities in womens digital health, and imagine alternative models which optimise technology for women in a way that is safe, accessible, and inclusive.

This panel will aim to run as more of a conversation with presentations that address a particular challenge in FemTech (cost, accessibility, data privacy, heternormativity, violence and risk, etc.) and generate lively discussion and debate. More information and abstract submission portal can be found here: /2023/nordic-sts/index.html

Feel free to reach out directly as well, at

Dr. Lindsay Balfour Assistant Professor Research cluster: Postdigital Intimacies Centre for Postdigital Cultures Coventry University

@LindsayAnneB | LinkedIn

Recent work:

TimesUp for Siri and Alexa: Sexual Violence and the Digital

Domestic An Intersectional Analysis of Our Robotic Future (Review: Surrogate Humanity) Womens health could be so much more than period trackers


Queen's Award for Enterprise International Trade 2022

Ranked in the top 50% of UK universities for research power Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2021

Joint top Modern University for Career Prospects Guardian University Guide 2022

Top 30 in the World for International Students (ratio) QS World University Rankings 2022


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