Friday, 20 March 2015

Radical Science and Alternative Technology:

1. Radical Science and Alternative TechnologyFrom the 70s to the Present.2. 28th/29th March. Women’s Gathering on gender and the politics of technology, focusing on reproductive technologies

1. Radical Science and Alternative TechnologyFrom the 70s to the Present.
April 11th, 1pm to 5.30pm, Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7XW. Free.
In our highly technological industrial society, key issues hinge on the politics of science and technology. In the 1970s and 80s the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science and the alternative technology movement campaigned against harmful corporate and military uses of technology, for 'appropriate technology' and for 'science for the people.' These perspectives are critically needed in the current environmental crisis, whilst surveillance, automation and workplace hazards continue to be major issues. This event will bring together different generations of activists and critical scientists and engineers to compare perspectives and learn from each other.
  • Introductions: Hilary and Steven Rose (BSSRS), Peter Harper (Centre for Alternative Technology), David King (Breaking the Frame)
  • Energy/food politics: Les Levidow (BSSRS), Helena Paul (Econexus), speaker from Anti-Fracking Movement
  • Social control/surveillance: Jonathan Rosenhead (BSSRS), Jim Killock (Open Rights Group)
  • Work hazards: Sue Barlow (BSSRS, women and work hazards group), Eve Barker (Hazards Magazine), tbc
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2. Women’s Gathering on gender and the politics of technology, focusing on reproductive technologies,  
6pm March 28th – 4pm March 29th 2015, London. The Feminist Library meeting room, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7XW.
At the first Breaking the Frame gathering in 2014, women started developing a feminist analysis of the intersection between gender and the politics of technology and how it impacts on all aspects of our lives, e.g. in food production, work, surveillance, digital technology, and health.
At this event we will continue that process, focusing on reproductive technologies. Public debate in this area has mainly been framed as science versus religious reaction, which tends to ignore any feminist analysis. We shall be asking: are these technologies of benefit to women, and if so, which women, or do they risk our health and integrate our bodies further into the patriarchal capitalist system?
Join us to explore the issues with an outstanding set of speakers:
►Jalna Hanmer and Stevienna de Saille on a radical feminist analysis of reproductive technologies
►Rahila Gupta on sex selection and abortion
►Donna Dickenson and Carolin Shurr on international and commercial surrogacy
►Miriam Zoll on the impact of IVF on women
►►Outline programme
Venue is disabled accessible, recommended minimum donation £5
All self-defining women welcome. Cheap vegan food.
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