My Hero: A Media Archaeology of Body-Mounted Technologies of the Self

January 30, 2014 University of Toronto From the colloquia series “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” Ashley Scarlett: Lisa Cartwright is an artist and a professor at UC San Diego, where she is appointed in the department of communication, science studies, critical gender studies and visual arts. Lisa works across film, media, and visual studies; […]

Local Autonomy Networks: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications

March 27, 2014 University of Toronto From the colloquia series “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” Gabby Resch: micha cárdenas has one of those really rich, descriptive bios that looks great on paper and screen, but is so much more interesting and revealing when you peel back the layers and discover this really rich map […]

My Hero: A Media Archaeology of Tiny Viewfinderless Cameras as Technologies of Intra-Subjective Action

This essay draws from visual studies, feminist science and technology studies, and performance studies to put into historical perspective the popular phenomenon of the small viewfinderless action camera. We are interested in how camera technology and camera practice are enmeshed in the gendered performance of subjectivity and intersubjectivity in an era during which the viewfinderless […]

Shooting Theory – An Accident of Fast Feminism

January 16, 2014 University of Toronto From the colloquia series “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” Rebecka Sheffield: I am very excited to introduce our speaker today, Dr. Shannon Bell. Dr. Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy in action and experimental philosophy. She is also the founder of fast feminism, or […]

Trans of Color Poetics: Stitching Bodies, Concepts, and Algorithms

On October 6, 2015, Keisha Jenkins was shot and killed in Philadelphia, becoming the twenty-first trans woman killed in the US that year.[1] 2014 saw trans women of color gaining unprecedented visibility in the mainstream media, an increase in visibility that coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of murders, up from fourteen in […]

In Search of My Robot: Race, Technology, and the Asian American Body

“Who is machine, who is creature, what is human?” —Glen A. Mazis, Humans, Animals, Machines: Blurring Boundaries[1] “Boundaries don’t hold; times, places, beings bleed through one another.” —Karen Barad, “Diffracting Diffraction: Cutting Together-Apart”[2] I’ve been searching, and in my search, I find my robot within and in the gaps between the deep legacy of feminist […]

A Future for Intersectional Black Feminist Technology Studies

The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based on the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. —Combahee River Collective, […]

Poop Worlds: Material Culture and Copropower (or, Toward a Shitty Turn)

There is something virtually every reader of this essay has done or will do today. Poop. Maybe on the run in a public stall or during a cherished break while reading or staring off. Most likely not into a diaper, but maybe you’ll clean one up. Poop unites us in a collective flow of fecund, […]

Mapping Police Violence in Los Angeles

For this collaborative research project we worked with the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), a South Los Angeles community organization. During the spring of 2011, we came together to understand how gang injunctions work as a tool of racist spatial regulation and management. YJC runs a youth community center and an alternative high school for system-involved […]


Artist statement A map reveals the spaces we choose to recognize, mark, and represent; it implies how spaces are claimed, which bodies get to occupy them, and how they can move through them. This series of “maps” plays with the discursive power that visual language and mapping technologies lend to ideas of space: fragmenting, glitching, […]