CFP: Gender, Bodies & Technology–Performing the Human

Proposals are invited for the third biannual interdisciplinary conference: “Gender, Bodies & Technology: Performing the Human,” May 1-3, 2014, The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech

Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2013

Gender, Bodies, & Technology is an initiative within Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech that aims to creatively and intellectually explore the multiple, proliferating, and gendered dimensions of technologized bodies and embodied technologies. Through our initiative and biannual conference, we seek to demonstrate, theorize, and perform the discursive and material nodes around which gender, bodies, and technology both cohere and fracture: how, for example, do the specter and reality of transvaginal ultrasounds index a historically specific female body? What is the relationship between expanded combat roles for female soldiers and the U.S. military’s escalating use of “unmanned” drone warcraft? How should we interpret airport body scanners and restroom architecture that threaten and displace transgender persons?

We invite proposals from scholars in the humanities, social and natural sciences, feminist science studies, visual and performing arts, life sciences, and STEM fields for papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from classrooms to the military, and from health care to the media.

Details here: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/proposals.html