This class will examine the work of “digital technologies.” We will recuperate the labor of such women as Ada Lovelace, Hedy Lamaar, Grace Hopper, the unnamed women and people of color who work in electronics manufacturing industries worldwide, or the millions of people who produce and circulate content that produces revenue for corporations. We will interrogate long-held understandings of “technology”, “the digital”, and the labor integral to these spaces and infrastructures. Students will develop a foundation in media studies, technology studies, and feminist studies, which has a strong history of recognizing and problematizing intimate and domestic “women’s work.”
Students will be engaging with critical scholarship as well as primary cultural texts ranging from literature, film, new media, journalism, etc. Each mode of scholarship and production will inform the others, and students must be prepared to actively contribute to and maintain an in-person and online classroom community, while also collaboratively producing their own critical digital texts.
- Linda Nagata, The Bohr Maker
- Hari Kunzru, Transmission
- Cory Doctorow, “Anda’s Game”
- The Bletchley Circle
- Top Secret Rosies
- Sleep Dealer
- Mad Max, Fury Road
All other readings will be provided as PDFs.
Attendance & Participation 20%
Reading Response Blog Posts 20%
Wikipedia Editing 10%
1 Digital Assignment (Student’s Choice) 10%
Final Project 30%