I heart #DHPoco Tumblr and #THATCamp Feminisms West

A couple of dear frolleagues, Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam, working at the intersections of digital humanities and postcolonial (poco) studies have created a new blog, dhpoco, that is really impressive in terms of bridging the social play aspects of the digital with their own historically and politically situated work in postcolonial, ethnic, and cultural studies. Their blog shares original comics made on through the online comics authoring site Bitstrips in addition to CFPs of interest, reviews, memes, short pieces, etc… Love it. They welcome submissions, so please contribute!

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In other news, March 15-16th, I’ll be attending THATCamp Feminism West in Claremont. This is one of three THATCamp Feminisms happening concurrently across the U.S. The sister unconferences include THATCamp Feminism East and South. I love the distributed nature of these events and look forward to seeing how these types of feminist networked activities can contribute to ongoing work and dialogues around feminist issues. More locally, I am excited to meet (on and offline) and collaborating with my fellow feminist digital humanists. For those who are interested and cannot make it, check out the site for ways to participate remotely (Wikipedia hackathon!), and follow the #THATCamp and #feminims hashtags on Twitter. You can also follow the feminist Wikipedia hackathon on Twitter under #toofew. You can also follow the official Twitter account, @THTCmpFeminisms.

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For my part, I’ve been thinking through the discussions in literary, film, and media studies about techno-orientalism (as discussed by Greta Aiyu Niu and the editors of this forthcoming collection , David Morley, Kevin Robins) and flesh and blood Asian bodies that labor. In particular, I wonder how the bodies of Asian workers of the technology industries are intimately linked (through proximity, touch, desire) to the technologies they create in transnational industrial zones where they work, yet are effaced and distanced from the technologies they create, or reappropriated in the representation of imagined Technotopias. These scenarios and conditions are effected by and reflect gendered and sexual power dynamics that work in tandem with race, nation, and economics. My interests span from the Asian female workers of Silicon Valley in the 1980s, to the contemporary FoxConn workers of China today, to the consumer/producers who appropriate said technologies through creative labor. So… super broad and unformed, but I would love to examine the politics of gender, race, etc. as they relate to our technologies that seem so neutral when taken out of their pristine boxes.

I’ve broached this topic in my previous course, “The Female, the Global, the Technological,” but want to work on ways of expanding such a class to include project building and community outreach that link labor practices to consumer practices. I think this would be a perfect space to develop these ideas. I hope?

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