Lecture: Lucy Suchman, Feminist Research at the Digital/Material Boundary

I only recently came across this brilliant lecture from December 12, 2013, when Prof. Lucy Suchman spoke about Feminist Research at the Digital/Material Boundary for a University of Toronto colloquia series titled “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience”. Lucy Suchman is a Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University. She publishes widely in Feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) and has been foundational to the study of human-computer interaction (HCI).

Haraway proposes that we might think about technologies as forms of materialized figuration; that is, as arrangements that effect particular meaningful associations between persons and things. And given that, one question we might ask is: how are relations of humans and machines figured together? First of all, how are humans and machines, respectively, figured. Then how are they figured together, or configured, in contemporary discourses and practices of technology, and how might they be reconfigured, or figured differently and so figured together differently? And of course, reconfiguration plays as well on that term’s currency in the everyday language of systems development, where reconfiguration means rearranging the relations and connections between things.Sample content

The full lecture transcript is available here.

In the meantime she has published some of the arguments discussed in the lecture in these articles:

Suchman, Lucy (2015). Situational Awareness: Deadly bioconvergence at the boundaries of bodies and machines. Media Tropes V(1), 1-24.

Suchman, Lucy (2016). Confinguring the Other: Sensing war through immersive simulation. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 2(1), 1-36.



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