We are very proud to present materials, books and ideas that were discussed in the course Women in Computation as part of the Art Research and Media Philosophy department contribution to the 2019 Rundgang of HfG Karlsruhe. Please visit our multimedia installation at HfG between 18-21 July 2019 and pick up a copy of our portable syllabus — a modest primer to the big theme of technofeminism!

 

The seminar “Women in Computation” took place during the summer semester 2019. It provided a historical introduction to feminist theory and to its intersection with natural sciences and information technologies in the 20th century. The foundation for the course was built on the historical and yet invisible role that women and their labour practices have played in the development of computer technol­ ogies, such as during the industrial revolution, during WWII and in the development of the rst mainframe computer ENIAC in the United States. The displayed exhibition is the result of collective research to “write women back into the history of computation they were always part of” (Jennifer S. Light).The project presentation is a collaborative work by students Ulrike Barwanietz, Vanessa Bosch, Emma­Lilo Keller and Carmen Westermeier. The seminar was organised by Ariana Dongus and Prof. Dr. Matteo Pasquinelli.