Fall 2018

Gender and Technology

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-344


Lisa S. Cornfeld (Section 01)


This course investigates key issues in feminist approaches to technology. Throughout the semester, we will examine the role of technology in structuring social relations as well as the social and cultural dimensions of technology’s development. Central themes will include the relationship between technology and domesticity, with emphasis on family life and household labor; technology and industry, with attention to gendered and racialized workforces; and technology and embodiment, including the role that technology plays in sexuality and in trans and disability ontologies. Our objects of study will include both today’s emerging technologies and historical technological innovations, as we ask after the social implications of technology’s emergence in diverse cultural contexts. With guidance from our course material, each student will engage in a research project focused on a technology of their choosing, culminating in a term paper that analyzes social forces that shape the production of technology and its cultural connotations.

Recommended requisite: At least one course in gender and/or sexuality. Limited to 18 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Cornfeld.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to SWAGS majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018