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Technologies of Care

CHUM 312
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

In this seminar students will explore how Feminist STS has conceived of caring technologies and relations. Starting with Maria Puig de la Bellacasa's (2011) call for STS scholars to consider ethical and political obligations to care along more-than-human networks, students will read recent work on compulsions to express care and solidarity with humans and nonhumans. How does thinking about sociotechnical assemblages ask us to consider how we are already entangled in webs of care with material and immaterial forms? What does it mean in practice to work toward good relations as humans with technologies, within environments, and with nonhumans? Students will also consider the centrality of labor to how we understand caring relations. How do transnational circuits of care become encoded into the daily functions of global capitalism? How might demands for care enact their own forms of violence, hindering continuing struggles against personal and structural oppression? This seminar will be set up as a research incubator, and students will have the opportunity to produce and share original research projects on care labor and technology, from topics including computer therapists, feminist health technologies, nursing robots, the global commercial surrogacy industry, sex companion robots, eldercare digital pets, and other contemporary expressions of care labor mediated through technology.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(FGSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-22-2024
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