Schedule for October 26, 2012
9:30AM - 10:00 AM
Introductions and Opening Remarks:
Kim Surkan (WGS), Mitali Thakor (HASTS), and Nicole Labruto (HASTS)
10:00AM - 11:30 AM
Session 1: Environment and Energy
How are issues of gender impacted by climate and other environmental changes, particularly in the developing world? how might attention to gender open new avenues for understanding and addressing environmental problems and energy needs?
Susan Murcott (MIT CEE): "Women and Water: Scarcity and Accessibility"
Pinar Keskin (Wellesley Economics): "The Gender of Caste: Identity and Access to Water Resources in Rural India"
Joanna Davidson (BU anthropology): "'School is the path now:' Gendered Dimensions of Environmental Change in Rural West Africa"
Discussant: Christine Walley (MIT Anthropology)
11:30 AM-1:00PM: Lunch and interactive demonstrations from D-Lab
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Session 2: Gender and Labor
How is labor gendered—and how is gender proficiency established through labor practices—especially in the design, development, and cross-cultural transfer of new technologies? can thinking about gender help us think about co-participatory design and development?
Ping-Ann Adoo (UMass-Boston Anthropology): "Gifted Labor, Value, and National Identity: High Stakes Art Production in Two Diasporic Communities"
Libby McDonald (MIT CoLab): "Window into Organizing Process for Women Waste Pickers in Nicaragua"
Kiran Asher (Clark University IDSC & Women’s Studies): "Why Women Don't Work: Theorizing the Gendered Labors of Development"
Discussant: Heather Paxson (MIT Anthropology)
3:00 - 3:30 PM: Break
3:30 - 5:00PM
Session 3: Methods and/of Innovation
with Amy Smith and D-Lab class, “D-Lab: Development”
What can recent interest in participatory politics and worker-suggested innovation learn from feminist theorizing and activism? how can feminist methodologies inform and contribute to recent initiatives among technology designers and development workers to work collaboratively with co-creators (rather than recipients) of technology?
With guest Abigail Mechtenberg (Clark University)