Centre for Material Digital Culture

Digital Methods, Cultural Politics and Feminist Approaches July 2010

A One - Day Graduate Conference
Monday 5 July 2010, 9 am- 6pm

This one-day conference will examine the intersections of digital methods, cultural politics and feminist theory. The conference will bring together Doctoral students as well as early career researchers working in media and cultural studies, gender studies, digital media, feminist science and technology studies, and queer studies.

Keynote speakers

Adi Kuntsman and Catherine Redfern


8.30 – 9.00 Registration and tea/coffee Arts A04
9.00 – 9.15 Introduction and welcome address Prof. Sue Thornham

9.15 – 10.30 Keynote Speaker 1 Chair / Discussant: Lizzie Thynne
Adi Kuntsman: Politics of/in digital cultures: lessons from feminist and queer theory.

10.30 – 12.15 Session 1 Embodiment, Art and Affect Chair: Andrea Cornwall

  • Louise Madden (Cardiff): Follow the Users! Methods to address women’s internet use through experience and embodiment.
  • Pınar Üner Yılmaz (Yildiz Istanbul): Reading gender in Turkey through the artworks of Canan Şenol.
  • Anne Graefer (Newcastle): Skin, Celebrity & Cyberspace - Why reading through the skin is so affective - A ‘dlisted.com’ case study.
  • Andrea Lewis (Nottingham Trent): Gendering Games: A Qualitative Study of the Motivations and Experiences of Female Casual-gamers..

12.15 – 1.00 Lunch Silverstone Building - 3rd floor foyer

1.00 – 2.00 Keynote Speaker 2 Chair / Discussant: Kate O'Riordan
Catherine Redfern (f-word): Reclaiming The F Word: online

2.00 – 3.45 Session 2 Research pathways Chair: Dolores Mary Tierney

  • Zemirah Moffat (Kent): Queering the Pitch: film, the academy and shared-anthropology (to include excerpt from speaker's film Mirror Mirror).
  • Rachel Western (Lancaster): Popping the Bubble of the Atom Splitters. A new Digital Interface at Lancaster University To make the Nuclear Debate more Tractable and Visible.
  • Emma Withers (Sussex): Women and the Web Film.
  • Tessa Lewin (IDS): Pathways of Women¹s Empowerment. Using digital media for feminist activism in the development context.

3.45 – 4. 15 Tea/coffee break Silverstone Building - 3rd floor foyer
4.15 – 6.00 Session 3 Maps, words and networks Chair: Alison Phipps

  • Red Chidgey (London South Bank University): 'We Are Connected by Words and Wires'. Using research blogs to study participatory DIY feminist networks.
  • Monika Kennedy (Birkbeck, University of London): Discourse and Communication: A feminist study into the
  • identity and representation of women as mothers. Case study: mumsnet.com
  • Anne Welsh (University College London): Mapping the semantic landscape: using online textual analysis to quantify feminist vocabulary within Women’s Studies collections.
  • Rachel Cohen and Margaretta Jolly (Sussex): Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project

6.00 – 6.30 Reception Silverstone Building 3rd floor foyer

The conference was organised by doctoral students Aristea Fotopoulou, Laurence Clennet-Sirois and Julie Dixon. Supported by the Roberts Fund (Doctoral School) and the Centre for Material Digital Culture.