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A Follow-up on Cyberfeminist Forum in Berlin

As a follow-up to the Cyberfeminist Forum in Berlin, we are continuing our discussion here. This is an open forum, so all of your comments are welcome.

I am posting here our preliminary 'Locating Cyberfeminism' Panel proposal for ISEA2008 to take place in Singapore. Click here to read more:

Panel is proposed for:
Conference Themes: Locating Media:

"In the light of the centrality of location as a critical problematic
and possibility, this theme seeks to examine how the specificities of
location mediate and are mediated by both old and new technologies of
information, communication and experience. We invite academic
research, design and artistic explorations that explore the
possibilities and problems of addressing location through media
technologies. We are especially keen on works that address the complex
historical, cultural, socio-political and economic contexts that
affect location-specific interactions with such technologies." - from
the theme description "Locating Media" at http://isea2008.org/page/27/.

Panel Proposal "Locating Cyberfeminism".
Panel description:

"Locating Cyberfeminim" panel seeks to present a varied set of
cyberfeminist theories and practices by situating them within specific
political, technological and cultural contexts. While proposing papers
that address issues of cultural difference within cyberfeminist art
and aesthetics, this panel also attempts to widen the possibility of
what constitues cyberfeminism as such. It could be enabled through
being inclusive of projects, theories and practices that take place
geographically and / or conceptually outside of what could be
simplified as Western cyberfeminist trope. This trope often finds its
origins in the writings of Donna Haraway and Sadie Plant and art works
by VNS Matrix, among others. While acknowledging their immense
influence on today's discussions on women, art and technology, this
panel seeks to 'locate' them within specific histories of Western
(often white and middle-class) feminism thus opening up spaces for
other histories and genealogies which could be inlcuded as
cyberfeminist as well. Panel presentations will focus on examples from
Eastern and Central Europe (Boryana Rossa, Mare Tralla), Asia
(Margaret Tan, Irina Aristarkhova) and the US (Hyla Willis, Irina
Aristarkhova). Without dividing too neatly Western and non-Western
locations all presentations aim at contributing 'other cyberfeminisms'
as potentially revealing politics of location and histories of
cultural difference within this growing field."

Panel Presenters:
Boryana Rossa (Bulgaria, USA)
Mare Tralla (Estonia, UK)
Margaret Tan (Singapore)
Hyla Willis (USA)
Irina Aristarkhova (Russia, USA)