Elizabeth Losh: “Nasty Women and Digital Hygiene: Feminism, Risk, and the Purity Myths of Technoculture"Export this event to calendar

Friday, November 11, 2016 — 2:00 PM EST

The Department of English Language and Literature and Arts HeForShe are proud to present “Nasty Women and Digital Hygiene: Feminism, Risk, and the Purity Myths of Technoculture," a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Losh from The College of William & Mary, Virginia.

Hillary Clinton meme on server controversyThe rise of the alt-right movement has legitimated new practices of online misogyny and online racism, particularly in the context of the virulent rhetoric of the 2016 American presidential campaign.  This talk - delivered just after the conclusion of the U.S. election from the perspective of a voter from a country increasingly divided politically by gender - examines initiatives developed by feminist collectives to offer open access resources to the public to counter online violence, to nurture safe spaces for creative and civic expression with computational media on distributed networks, and to foster critical thinking about the material, embodied, affective, situated, and labor-intensive conditions of new media.  It examines the fantasy of digital hygiene in the context of beliefs in both digital community and digital immunity and explores the futility of attempting to sanitize computational mess, promiscuity, and interdependence.

Elizabeth Losh is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at William and Mary with a specialization in New Media Ecologies.  Before coming to William and Mary, she directed the Culture, Art, and Technology Program at the University of California, San Diego.  She is a core member and former co-facilitator of the feminist technology collective FemTechNet, which offers a Distributed Open Collaborative Course, steering committee member of HASTAC, and part of the organizing team of The Selfie Course.  

She is the is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander.  She is also the author of a forthcoming edited collectionMOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education from the University of Chicago Press.

Cost 
Free - all are welcome
Location 
PAS - Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology
Room 2438
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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