Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at LSE and one of the world-leading scholars examining the relationship between gender and technology. She has published widely in the fields of science & technology studies (STS), feminist theory, and lately sociology of time.
We are now said to be in the “fourth industrial revolution”, the era of smart phones, big data, the internet of things, robotics and Artificial Intelligence, whereas when she began untangling the relationship between gender and technology, her main research preoccupation was how the microelectronic revolution would affect women. Then, as now, there were claims that new technologies would fundamentally transform gender relations – with either utopian or dystopian futures envisaged. Will digitalization lead to new forms of exclusion, as well as new opportunities for women? The masterclass will take stock of what we can learn from the earlier analysis of the gender relations of technoscience and its relevance for today.
Professor Wajcman kindly asks participants of the masterclass to read Chapters 1, 2 and 4 from her book Technofeminism (2004, Polity). They will be provided upon request to registered participants.