We can do it!
Gender, activism and technology – Bridging theory and practice
Organised by Elinor Carmi
As the artificial boundaries between theory and practice dissolve, more opportunities to integrate one into the other emerge. Whether it is the growing practice-based degrees, academic jobs becoming more and more precarious, an urge to utilise theory in the ‘real world’, or political and economical events pushing for response – the time for action is now. Feminism, media, culture, computing, art, anthropology, sociology, and other disciplines have a lot to offer to activist projects outside or complementary to academia, such as NGOs, think tanks and other collective who seek to make a change.
How can skills acquired in academia assist in working for activist organisations? How to start your own organisation? This event is meant to bring together women who conduct research and other initiatives in what can broadly be defined as activist projects. The Radical Media Forum aims to provide a platform to discuss the options, challenges and questions that arise while working in such organisations and how to start your own with a special consideration to feminist issues.
Friday, 6th November 2015 at 17:00.
Stuart Hall Building, Room LG01,
Goldsmiths, University of London.
THE EVENT IS FREE FOR ALL.
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Zara Rahman is an information activist and researcher, currently working with the engine room, where she is looking into the role of citizen-generated data among civil society, and looking at how technology can support human rights defenders. Previously she worked with School of Data, supporting data literacy for journalists and civil society, and before that, with OpenOil, where she focused on governance and transparency in the extractive industries, especially in the MENA region. Zara is fascinated by the relationship between technology and societal power structures, and runs a regular podcast, Collusion, on this topic. Zara is a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights, and is based in Berlin, Germany.
Becky Kazansky is a researcher and facilitator working on privacy, digital security, and human rights issues with practitioner groups and within academia. She is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam working within the ERC-funded DATACTIVE project to understand how civil society can engage with and respond to massive data collection processes. Previously she worked with the Tactical Technology Collective supporting human rights defenders in addressing their digital security concerns.
Janet Gunter is an American/British activist and novice anthropologist, an ex-“aid worker” who works on transformational projects involving communication, technology and new economies. She co-founded The Restart Project, a London social enterprise/charity that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer in order to prevent waste. She spent the end of 2011 in Maputo working with @Verdade, Mozambique’s innovative, largest circulation newspaper and continued to collaborate with them from afar.In 2012-13 she worked as a part-time consultant with the International Land Coalition on a project designed to help decentralize collection of data on large-scale land acquisition, sometimes called “land grabbing”.
Join the debate in our live tweet, the event’s Hashtag is: #RMF_WeCanDoIt
There will be reception after the event.
This event is kindly sponsored by Goldsmiths media and communication department and the Graduate School.