Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 17:31:55 -0500 From: radhika_gajjala <gajjala-AT-cyberdiva.org> Subject: session 4.12 Session 4.12 Cyberfeminism and Digital Capital "Cyberspace" comes into being at the intersection of digital and material space embedded in virtual/real hierarchies shaped by place-based production process. These production processes produce geographies of power thus shaping communities and their cultural, political, economic activities all over the world. In this session, we will examine some "cyberfeminist" negotiations and re-presentations of these material realities. The session will start with a viewing of a video essay on "performing the border" which is set in the Mexican-US border town Ciudad Juarez, where many US industries assemble their electronic and digital equipment. Following this, there will be a dialogue performed between two members of the panel, juxtaposing sites of production - digital and place-based, "first-world" and "third-world," re-viving "old" traditions and production processing and negotiating "new" traditions digital production. Finally, the discussants and audience will be given time to discuss the issues raised in the presentations. Organiser: Gajjala, Radhika, Bowling Green State University, USA, radhik-AT-bgnet.bgsu.edu Chair: Renata Klein, Deakin University, Australia, Klein-AT-deakin.edu.au 1 Performing the Border Biemann, Ursula, Switzerland, biemann-AT-access.ch With the recent euphoria of the use of digital media in art and cultural spaces, a comprehensive, gendered analysis of global capital with regards to the information industry seems more relevant than ever. My attempt is to combine a materialist perspective on international labor division with a more discursive approach to the kinds of subjectivities, identities and sexuality that are forming in these transnational zones. 2 "Analoging" the Digital: Can pre-colonial modes of Production, Community and Culture appropriate e-commerce? Mamidipudi, Annapurna, Dastkar Andhra, India, annapurna-AT-cyberdiva.org Skeptical, yet curious, this paper is an exploration of possibilities of e-commerce within "glocal" relations of power. From my local contextual perspective which comes out of my experience as worker for a non-governmental organization dealing with handloom weavers in a South Indian village, a group of men and women volunteers who are trying "revive" the precolonial communities forrmed around production modes and technologies of vegetable dying and cotton handloom weaving in a few villages of South India., I critique the notion that cyber-technologies can be used "subversively. Under what circumstances is the digital economy "empowering" - for whom - how, when, why? Is it necessarily "empowering" to all - globally? For e.g, I ask how do the contradictions emerging within transnational/glocal intersections force us to redefine roles and perceptions regarding issues of technology, economics and policy (state intervention) within the framework of local traditional industry and the larger issues of globalisation. 3 Transnational Critical Cyberfeminism(s): Can it be more than old wine in new bottles? Gajjala, Radhika, Bowling Green State University, USA, radhika-AT-cyberdiva.org In this paper, I critique cyberfeminism's optimistic focus on the liberatory potential of digital technologies. The Digital Economy operates against an optimistic (euphoric) backdrop. Objectives of the architects of Digital Capitalism are "to develop an economy wide network that can support an ever-growing range of intracorporate and intercorporate business processes." (Dan Schiller, 1999) Various transnational issues occur at the intersection of configurations of power that emerge out of Digital Capitalism and transnational labor flow. I ask - what might be dominant socio-cultural patterns and directions embedded in Digital Capitalism. Will the implicit structuring of digital finance and e-commerce allow for the "subversive" uses of technology that cyberfeminists claim are possible? Can "cyberfeminism" be anything but complicitous with colonial and neo-colonial discourses about the (analogue) Other? My presentation is in dialogue with the other presentations in this session and in session 4.1. Discussants: Wilding, Faith, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, fwild+-AT-andrew.cmu.edu. And Hawthorne, Susan, Spinifex Press, Australia, hawsu-AT-spinifexpress.com.au Format: This session begins with a video showing and continues in a discussion/dialogue format after presenters hand out brief position papers and very quickly introduce. their academic/activist locations, concerns and questions.
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