Gender and Technoculture WGST 320 – Fall 2014
California State University, Fullerton


Prof. Karyl Ketchum

Women & Gender and Queer Studies Minor Programs

Lab: Humanities 512 Office: Humanities 212D
Office hours: Tues/Thurs 12:00 - 1:00
Message Center: (657) 278-2480 (I generally receive messages left here within 24 hours)
Email: kketchum@fullerton.edu
Cell: 714.625.3616 (txt me if you need a quick response!)

Social Media:
Course Website:
http://gendertech.visuality.org
Course Facebook Page:
CSUF WMST 320 or, http://www.facebook.com/groups/168089053293947/ (Don't forget to keep a running log of your FB posts in a Word document!)
Hashtags: (for Tumblr, Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc.) please use BOTH of these hashtags: #‎FemTechNet #‎DOCC

FemTechNet Logo

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FemTech course design poster



This Cal State Fullerton course is one of several Distributed Open Collaborative Courses (DOCCs) offered at "nodal institutions" in the U.S., Canada and Italy. The DOCC is meant to be a feminist rethinking of the concept of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. In this course students will create and collaborate on several technology-based projects that explore gender theory, queer theory, feminism, technology, video, art and craft. Some of the most innovative projects will be showcased worldwide in online portals and offline in gender theory, feminism and technology related exhibits. WOOT WOOT!!!

Note: This is an experimental course and becasue of this it will change as the semester progresses. Collectively, we will reflect on what is working, and what is not working, throughout the semester in order to ensure that the course remains collaborative and relevant to us as learners here at CSUF.

 

Course Documents & Important Links:

Syllabus

Dr. K's Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies

CSU Fullerton Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies website

Principles of Film Theory Guide

1st Project due Sept 18: reMIX! project guidelines and info

 

 

 

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Course Readings and Assignment Schedule:


* All readings are due in class on the date under which they are listed.

** This syllabus and schedule will adapt and evolve based on group interests, current events, and time constraints!

 

Aug 26:
Who is you professor?
What the heck is a DOCC??
What is this course about???
Review syllabus
Questions?!?

 

 

 

Aug 28: Introductions, DOCCs & Gender Studies 101

 

 

 

 

Sept 2: Gender Theory/Queer Theory 101
Reading: You have 2 readings for class on 8/2. both are linked below.
*Reminder
: As you read the piece linked below by Dale Spender, every time she uses the word “males,” or its variation, change it to “masculine, ” or its variation. So, “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by males, which were directed towards ensuring male primacy within the language” [148], becomes “[...] I was able to find numerous decrees, written down by masculine individuals, which were directed towards ensuring masculinity’s primacy within the language” By doing this we no longer cast blame on all “men," nor do we allow ourselves to imagine that all “ men ” experience masculine privilege in the same way or even at all! Instead, we begin to see the ways in which masculinity - as a kind of floating signifier - attaches itself to different bodies in different ways depending on race, class, able-bodiedness, heteronorms and cultural, national and historical context . By doing this as you read you will TRANSFORM this piece, and still keep all that is excellent about it!
Spender, Dale. "Language and Reality: Who Made the World?" The Routledge Language and Cultural Theory Reader. Ed. Tony Crowly and Alan Girvin Lucy Burke. The Politics of Language. London: Routledge, 1980. 145-53.
*For those of you interested in more info on the strengths and weaknesses of Spender's peice, go here: http://visuality.org/queer_sensibilities/wmst420_readings/k_notes_on_spender.pdf

Dr. K's Key Terms and Concepts in Gender Studies


In Class Discussion:
The Gingerbread Person diagram

Exquisite Corpse reMIX! project!

Exquisite Corpse in poetry: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/play-exquisite-corpse

"Epic Exquisite Corpse Drawing": http://www.epicexquisitecorpse.com/

Watch select vidding projects here: http://transformativeworks.org/projects/vidding

Assign groups their Video Dialogue!

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 4:

1 rogue reading - very short...forgive!!: Killermann, Sam. The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender. Austin, Tx.: Impetus Books, 2013. excerpt.

Please watch the short vlog below on gender/bio sex/sexuality from Hank of the Vog Brothers! (Thanks, Karisty!)


Lab:
Camtasia reMIX! projects

Groups watch and discuss their assigned FemTechNet Video DIalogue

Watch examples of vid remixes:
Barbie Liberation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMHMf9y-27w
Cinderella+++: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eADf6byDxE
Spock and Kirk Remix: http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/ironman28/clips/killaKirkSpockPerhaps.mov/view?searchterm=perhaps Dollhouse's Secret War On Women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpgykvTI8o8
Damsel in Distress Part 1: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/03/damsel-in-distress-part-1/

1: Tutorial on Camtasia interface here!

2: Tutorial on editing tracks here!

3: Working with a text slide tutorial here!

4: Adding transitions tutorial here--cool stuff!!

5: Camtasia "call outs" tutorial here!

6. Working with audio in Camtasia!

*A list of additional Camtasia tutorials is here!

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 9: THEME: reMIX! culture and Creative Freedom
Reading:
Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. Chap 1 and 2.

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Spectatorship, Power and Knowledge,” Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Vlog(s):
Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on "Spectatorship, Power & Knowledge!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site! (Please ignore the fact that this semester we are wathcing this vid at the *beginning* of the term rather than the end, as I assume in the video!)
WARNING: This video is quite a bit longer than the others, however, please watch it carefully as these ideas are absolutely critical to your success on our first project!

Vid Glitch

In Class:

Group Exquisite Corpse exercise!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 11:
Lab:
work on reMIX! projects!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 16: Theme: Sexuality, Gender and the Body Online
Readings:
Stone, Sandy. "Split Subjects, Not Atoms; or, How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis." The Cyborg Handbook. Ed. Chris Hables Gray. New York: Routledge, 1995. 393-406.

Turkle, Sherry. "Tinysex and Gender Trouble." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995. 395-416.


Vlog(s): Please view both vlogs entitled, "Thoughts on the Readings by Stone and Turkle!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

 

 

 

 

Sept 18: Don't forget to create your Second Life account BEFORE coming to class today!!
Lab:

reMIX!

 

 

 

 

Sept 23:Theme: Technology, Gender & Desire Don't forget to create your Second Life account BEFORE coming to class today!!
Reading:
Halberstam, Judith. "Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology. Ed. Patrick D. Hopkins. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. 468-83.

Cannon, Robert Alan Brookey and Kristopher L. "Sex Lives in Second Life." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Washington Post article “Does Virtual Reality Need a Sheriff?”

Vlog(s):
Please view both vlogs under "Thoughts on "Automating Gender" by Judith Jack Halberstam!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!!

Second Life Ad

Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to Be Another from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo.

LGBT in Second Life: http://secondlife.com/destinations/gay

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 25:
Lab:

reMIX!

 


 

 

Sept 30 THEME: Technology, Whiteness and Racialization
Reading:
Rodriguez, Vernadette V. Gonzlez and Robyn Magalit. "Filipina.Com: Wives, Workers and Whores on the Cyberfrontier." An Introduction to Women's Studies :Gender in a Transnational World. Ed. Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan. Vol. 2. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2006. 375-79.

Ketchum, Karyl E. "Facegen and the Technovisual Politics of Embodied Surfaces." Women's Studies Quarterly 37.Special Issue: Technologies (2009): 183-99.

“Face to Anti-Face - Op-Art - NYTimes.com.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Read the website: "Camouflage From Face Detection" or, how to hide from machines! “CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection.” N. p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.

Facegen Software – bring in three pictures of yourself for use in Facegen (one straight on, one right profile, one left profile). You can also download you own copy of the Facegen Modeller (PC version only) HERE: http://www.facegen.com/downloads.htm



 

 

 

 

 

Oct 2:
Lab:



For DIscussion:
The Homicide Report: A Story For Every Victim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 8 & 9:
Reading:
The struggle over gender on Wikipedia: the case of Chelsea Manning

Amy Adele Hasinoff, “Sexting as Media Production: Rethinking Social Media and Sexuality,” New Media & Society, 2012.


Nakamura, L. (2009). Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26, 128-144.

 

Read about "Black Girls Code" HERE: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/what-we-do.html

Watch "Black Girls Code" mini documentary before coming to class today! Here's a link: http://youtu.be/hgXlofX68eM

Lab:
Photoshop Galleries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 14 & 15:

Reading:



Lab:
Facegen Software – bring in three pictures of yourself for use in Facegen (one straight on, one right profile, one left profile). You can also download you own copy of the Facegen Modeller (PC version only) HERE: http://www.facegen.com/downloads.htm


 



 

 

 

 

 

Oct 22 & 23:Photoshop Gallery Assignment due in class TODAY!
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 5: "Body"
Reading:
Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body. New York: Basic Books, 2000. Chap 3, “Of Gender and Genitals” pg 45-77.

Knafo, Danielle. "Castration and Medusa: Orlan's Art on the Cutting Edge." Studies in Gender and Sexuality.10 (2009): 142-58.

Ayers, Robert. "Serene and Happy and Distant: An Interview with Orlan." The Cybercultures Reader. Ed. David Bell and Barbara M. Kennedy. Second ed. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Armstrong, Rachel. "Anger, Art and Medicine: Working with Orlan." The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions If the Body in the Media Age. Ed. Joanna Zylinska. Technologies: Studies in Culture and Theory. London: Continuum, 2002. 172-80

Supplemental Readings!:
Jack Halberstam, “Technotopias: Representing Transgender Bodies in Contemporary Art,” In A Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (NYU Press, 2005)

Film: Intersexion [68 min.]

Lab: Camtasia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 29 & 30:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 6: "Machine" - Wendy Chun and Kelly Dobson
Reading:
Sanbonmatsu, John. "Video Games and Machine Dreams of Domination." Gender, Race and Class in Media. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. Los Angeles: Sage, 2011. 571-82.

Please look At Kelly Dobson's work here: http://web.media.mit.edu/~monster/ Be sure to watch the video documentation of her work entitled, "Blendie"!

Supplemental Readings!:
Fouché, Rayvon. “Aren’t Athletes Cyborgs?: Technology, Bodies, and Sporting Competitions.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 40, no. 1 (2012): 281–293. doi:10.1353/wsq.2012.0002.

Haraway, Donna. "A Cyborg Manifesto Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991, pp.149-181.

Cross, Jamie. “Technological Intimacy: Re-engaging with Gender and Technology in the Global Factory.” Ethnography 13, no. 2 (June 1, 2012): 119–143. doi:10.1177/1466138111410621.

Film:
"Unmanned" (22 min.) We will watch this in class.

Video:
"Collateral Murder" We will watch this in class.

For Discussion:
Wikipedia Editiing Assignment
Keyword videos due Dec 11 &12!
FINAL FILM/VIDEO PROJECT ASSIGNMENT!!!

Youtube on the "Kulashov Effect"

Principles of Film Theory Guide

Youtube on film techniques

**View projects from previous semesters and the DOCC**
Mireya's Project
Miriam amd Ashley's Project
Eleonor's Project
Yashar's Project

Lab:
Camtasia

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 5 & 6:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 7: "Systems" - Brenda Laurel and Janet Murray
Reading:

TBA

Film:
This Film is Not Yet Rated [97 min.] We will watch this together in-class.

Lab:
Camtasia

TUESDAY'S CLASS: Here is a link to finish the film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." We left off at approximately 1:20:50. http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/this_film_is_not_yet_rated/player.html

 

WEDNESDAY'S CLASS: Here is a link to finish the film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." We left off at approximately 1:00:00. http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/this_film_is_not_yet_rated/player.html

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Nov 12 & 13:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 8: "Place" - Livestream: Radhika Gajjala and Sharon Irish


Reading:
Coco Fusco "Who's Afraid of Yoani Sánchez" Huffington Post

Juan Cole and Shahin Cole, “An Arab spring for women - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition”, April 26, 2011, http://mondediplo.com/openpage/an-arab-spring-for-women

Mona El-Naggar, “Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades - NYTimes.com”, February 1, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/world/middleeast/02iht-letter02.html?_r=1

Supplemental Readings!:
Mimi Thi Nguyen, The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in an Age of Terror Signs 36: 2 (Winter 2011), 359-­-383 University of Illinois, Urbana-­-Champaign

Video:
“Egypt: The viral vlog of Asmaa Mahfouz that helped spark an uprising – Boing Boing”, February 2, 2011, http://boingboing.net/2011/02/02/egypt-the-viral-vlog.html ***(Please watch this BEFORE coming to class)

Vlog(s):
Please view the vlog under "Thoughts on Social Media & the Arab Spring!" on our Course TITANium/Moodle site!

Film:
"Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer" (96 min) We will watch this together in-class.

For Discussion:
UCLA's Hypercities Project on Egypt

Youtube on UCLA's Iran Hypercities Project

Hypercities Project, Tehran the day Neda was murdered

Lab:
Camtasia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 19 & 20:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 9: "Infrastructure" - Lucy Suchman and Katherine Gibson Graham


Lab:
Camtasia


 

 

 

 

Nov 26 & 27: FALL RECESS no class

3 assignments to complete over break:

#1: watch DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 11: "Archive" Lynn Hershman and B. Ruby Rich

#2: Introduce yourself to Lynn Hershman's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!! Please interview Ruby about one of the themes from the course and post your thoughts about the interview and Ruby on our course Facebook page.

#3 Read: Lessig, Lawrence. Free Culture. New York: Penguin Books, 2004. Chap 1 and 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Dec 3 & 4:
DOCC Video Dialogue Theme 11: "Transformation" Donna Haraway, Catherine Lord, and Beatrice daCosta

Lab:

LAST LAB DAY! You will have all of lab time to work on your videos. By the time you leave class today your project should be online and ready to share at our next meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 10 &11: Video Project DUE TODAY!!!
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!
Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!


** Final Exam time Tuesday class: December 17, 5:00-6:50
PAPERS FOR TUESDAY'S CLASS DUE IN CLASS AT 5PM TODAY!
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!

Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!

 

** Final Exam time Wednesday class: December 18, 5:00-6:50
PAPERS FOR WEDNESDAY'S CLASS DUE IN CLASS AT 5PM TODAY!
Gender & Technoculture Film Fest WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!

Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absence will result in lowering your participation grade by one grade level--yikes!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/this_film_is_not_yet_rated/player.html

http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/groups/docc-2013-video-dialogs/forum/topic/history-of-the-engagement-of-feminism-technology-labor-judy-wacjman-with-an/#post-1530

http://distance-ed.fullerton.edu/bbpresentations/Karyl_Ketchum/intersexion/player.html

 

 


FemTechNet DOCC Links:

Wikipedia Editing

 

 

Course Social Media Links:

Course Facebook Page

padlet.com

Tumblr SIgn-Up Page

Wordpress Sign-Up Page

 

 

Links to Cool Tech Stuff!!

Harassmap: http://harassmap.org/en/what-we-do/the-map "The HarassMap has many functions. It is a tool for anyone who has been harassed or assaulted and for witnesses to harassment and assault all over Egypt to anonymously share and report their experiences."

Wikipedia Vision

TransHack Project: Research shows that transgender people are unemployed at 2x the national rate–4x for transgender people of color; have incomes of less than $10,00 a year; experience homelessness at 2x the rate of non-trans people; and suffer overwhelming discrimination when it comes to accessing adequate healthcare and legal services. This problem not only affects transgender adults but trans and gender nonconforming youth as well. A necessary step in addressing anti-transgender bias is to create technology that socially empowers transgender individuals. Imagine if there existed a mobile phone app that helps individuals find trans friendly doctors or an app that profiles safe space job opportunities for trans people across the country? Trans*H4CK is a space in which to turn these possibilities into reality.



Wikipedia Vision
: WikipediaVision is a (close to!) real-time visualization of edits to the English (and the German, French, Spanish, Swedish) Wikipedia site(s).

AIDS Quilt touch project

Article about The AIDS Quilt Touch Project

Link to CSUF student pricing for Adobe Creative Suite!

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise/Tutorial Links:

Balloon Landscape Demo Files

Photoshop Retouching Tutorial Page

Camtasia Studio 7 tutorials

Creating open captions in Camtasia

 

 

 

Links on Filmmaking:

The Film Techniques of Hitchcock

Youtube on film techniques

Lo-fi Lounge Re/Mixed Media Festival

Some additional online editing tools and programs

 

 

 

 

Links to Previous Students' Work:

Spring 2013 Photoshop Image Galleries!

Fall 2012 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 2011 Photoshop Gallery

Fall 09 Video Gallery II

Ashley Contreras's Page on "Images of War"

Anonymous Student Myspace "Technology Not 4 Me"

Raymond Fernandez's Page on "Mail Order Males"

Daniel's site on gaming and violence

Spring 2010 Final Project Web Design Gallery

Fall 09: 1:00 Video Gallery

Fall 09: 2:30 Video Gallery

 

 

 

 

Visual Theory Links:

Visual Theory: Understanding "Framing"

Visual Theory: Appropriation and the relationship between images and text

Visual Theory: Roland Barthes "Commutation Test" and the Johnny Deere Doll

 

 

Experiments in Visual Theory and HTML

The Postmodern Psychodynamics of Visibility [deconstructing images with rollovers]

The PINK Project [theorizing images through Hypertext and "hotspots" or image mapping]

Does Language Influence Vision? [creating a game for your viewer]

Roland Barthes conception of the sign [interactive diagram]

"Marina's Gift" [mimicking the physical world]

"Visibleworld.net"

 

 

 

Other Readings of Interest:

Wong, Kristina Sheryl. "Pranks and Fake Porn: Doing Feminism My Way." Catching a
Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century. Ed. Rory Dicker and Alison
Piepmeier. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003.

Goffman, Erving. Gender Advertisements. New York: Harper and Rowe, 1976.

Petchesky, Rosalind Pollack. "Fetal Images: The Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reprodduction." Feminist Studies 13.2 (1987): 263-92.

 

 

 

Other Cool Stuff to Check Out:

Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Free Culture Manifesto

Creative Commons website

PBS's Art 21: Art in the 21st Century

Wikileaks: militqary video over Baghdad

WIRED's coverage of the Iraqi military video leaked by Wikileaks

George Washington University's National Security Archive

Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History--Columbia University

The Memory Hole

Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault and the PANOPTICON

Nanotechnologies and anti-bacterial underwear???

Text of E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Sandman"

The aesthetic of Postmodernism

Jon Ippolito "Hacking Copyright for Fun and Profit"

Guillermo Gomez Pena's site

Meet Lynn Hershman Leeson's Agent Ruby from her film "Teknolust" HERE!!

Artist Kara Walker's intrigueing cutouts on race and whiteness

The Guerrilla Girls

The Art of Barbara Kruger

 

DOD Statistics

 

VS

 

 

 

  

 

 
Technlogies of Vision--"Film Making Techniques"

 

 

 
"Photoshop Extreme"

 

 

lost info

 
http://www.stopbigmedia.com

 
2007 FCC Oversight Hearing -- John Kerry

 

 

 

 
Heather Hunt, Gender and Technoculture, Spring 2009

 

 



Jenny Holzer's "Abuse of Power"
Jenny Holzer, 1982, "Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise"