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Feminist technoscience in brief

Feminist technoscience critically studies and intervenes with the social, cultural and political conditions of omnipresent technoscientific practices and provide alternative (epistemological and ontological) models for learning to live on a damaged planet (Tsing et al., 2017). The field lives in the margin of other, more well-established disciplines, including feminist studies, engineering sciences, informatics, media technology and design.

Feminist studies is sometimes considered a post-disciplinary discipline (or post-discipline) “keep[ing] alive the tension that is embedded in defining itself both as a field of knowledge production in its own right and as a field characterised by total openness to transversal dialogues” (Lykke, 2010, p. 18). I would suggest that feminist technoscience also can be regarded as a post-discipline that provides an epistemological framework relevant for all epistemic communities. Still, there is a friction between the desire to move beyond disciplinary boundaries while at the same time pushing for academic and political recognition. This friction acknowledges the entanglement of epistemologies, ontologies, ethics and methodologies that flourishes within and beyond feminist technoscience and which keeps us as a scholar alert to the world-making practices we create, partake (and envision).

These are but some cornerstones for contemporary feminist technoscience:

  • A transdisciplinary field that seeks to critically advance knowledge production in science and technology.
  • A scholarship that moves beyond the constructed gender politics of men and women and focuses on how to understand and transform the onto-epistemological politics of agency, human and non-human actors and bodies, and ethics.
  • A feminist epistemology based upon situated knowledge – a worldview that affirms knowledge as embedded in a specific cultural, material, geographic and political context.
  • A research space akin with feminist theory, feminist science and technology studies, posthumanism, agential realism, norm-critical design practices, media technologies, and sustainable HCI.
  • Works with feminist figurations as methodological devices that disrupt and transform established disciplines, categories and structures to create more inclusive and just frameworks, processes, and systems.
  • A moral commitment to responsibility, accountability and care for more liveable worlds.

Source: Paxling, L. (2019). Transforming technocultures : Feminist Technoscience, Critical Design Practices and Caring Imaginaries (PhD dissertation, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola). Retrieved from https://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:bth-17376