FemTechNet, est. 2012
In 2012, Alex Juhasz and I co-founded FemTechNet: a network of scholars, students and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism in a variety of fields including STS, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer and Ethnic Studies.
The network was activated to demonstrate the work of the feminist technological innovation for the purposes of addressing the educational needs of students interested in advanced topics in feminist science-technology studies. The activities of FemTechNet are designed to engender a set of digital practices among women and girls, to teach and encourage their participation in writing the technocultural histories of the future by becoming active participants in the creation of global digital archive.
In 2013, Alex and I designed and co-facilitated an alternative genre of MOOC called a Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC). The FemTechNet DOCC 2013 focused on the topic of Feminist Dialogues on Technology. In all, 27 instructors located at diverse North American institutions of higher education taught 13 nodal courses as part of the DOCC 2013. In addition two “drop-in learner” groups formed, in San Antonio and in Massachusetts, to follow along with DOCC materials.
Drawing on my earlier work in creating video dialogues for the Women of the World Talk Back interactive documentary, the FemTechNet DOCC 2013 included the screening of 10 VIDEO DIALOGUES on topics pertaining to the intersections of feminism, science, and technology. I served as executive producer for the DOCC 2013 Video Dialogues series.