After the future: n hypotheses of post-cyber feminism

Hester, Helen ORCID: (2017) After the future: n hypotheses of post-cyber feminism. The Kathy Rae Huffman Archive Catalogue.

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This essay seeks to critically examine some of the strategies (critical, political, and aesthetic) implemented by a previous generation of feminist thinkers, and to understand which elements of this activism might be effectively repurposed for today. More specifically, it speculates upon what the cyberfeminism of the 1990s – a diverse 'range of theories, debates, and practices about the relationship between gender and digital culture' (Daniels, 2009: 102) – might have to offer emancipatory political projects in the twenty-first century. Given that there are a range of gendered challenges specifically relating to 'living in the condition of virtuality' (Hayles, 1999: 18) – from sexual harassment via social media to privacy and the protection of online images – there is still much to gain from engaging with pre-millennial cyberfeminist thought. However, not only have technomaterial conditions changed considerably over the past twenty years or so, but the theoretical underpinnings of some cyberfeminist endeavours appear in critical need of an update. In what follows, I will seek to acknowledge and build upon important activist genealogies, whilst gesturing toward some possible avenues for expanding upon and revising this element of our feminist history.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Media
Media > Media history and theory
Media > New media and new media theory
Depositing User: Helen Hester
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:54

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