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Ellen Foster, Visiting Research Scholar
Start Date: 5/9/2019Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 5/9/2019End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description

Reframing Repair: The Beginnings of a Feminist Repair Manifesto

This presentation shares the beginning conversations of feminist hackers and technologists interested in repair and fixing to reframe the i-Fixit "Repair Mainfesto" toward manifesting and establishing a specifically feminist repair manifesto. Such work takes inspiration from and is in conversation with historical texts such as Mierle Laderman Ukeles "Maintenance Art Manifesto," Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto," the VNS Matrix "Cyberfeminist Manifesto," and the Combahee River Collective Statement, among others.

While this project is mainly based on participant observations, it also uses the manifesto as archival material for continuing threads of inquiry and contestation in the use and development of technologies and practices with a particular set of values and politics.

Ellen K Foster received her PhD from the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is currently a post-doc for the Engineering Education Department at Purdue University. Ellen does research in Feminist Epistemology, Feminist Technoscience, Engineering Education, and History of Technology.

Contact Information:
Name: Department of History
Phone: 215.895.2463
EllenFoster Portrait
MacAlister Hall 2020, 3250-60 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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