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Tinkering in Feminist Technoscience

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1891
Section 001
Instructor Cyd Cipolla
Days MW
Time 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SCI



This course uses the concept of tinkering to explore the innate links between "maker" culture and feminist studies of science. Something more than novice, but less than expert, a tinkerer is one who tests boundaries and innovates through fresh perspective, often working outside of a professional context. Students in this class will learn the theoretical tools of feminist technoscience studies, noting how the topics of scientific research are guided by, and tacitly reinforce, sexist stereotypes and assumptions, and question whether it is possible to change the methods and the ideas that justify scientific knowledge itself. Along the way, students will become tinkerers in a literal sense by completing a robotic, wearable technology, or coding project of their own. Together, we will consider the radical potential of building from scratch in the digital age, the ethical imperative to re-write the world around us, and the philosophical experience of tinkering with knowledge itself. For in feminist critical theory, it is not enough to take things apart: we must also put them back together. No prior experience in building, coding, electronics or feminist theory required.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)