Nordic STS FemTech Panel June 7-9, 2023
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).
Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2023
Panel Organiser: Dr Lindsay Balfour, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University
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: https://www.sv.uio.no/tik/english/research/news-and-events/events/conferences /2023/nordic-sts/index.html
Feel free to reach out directly as well, at Lindsay.Balfour@coventry.ac.uk
Dr. Lindsay Balfour Assistant Professor Research cluster: Postdigital Intimacies Centre for Postdigital Cultures Coventry University
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