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Dorte Marie Søndergaard

Among ironic avatars and robots in love: gender formations moving across humans and their technological imitations

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This paper centers on the potential reproductions or transformations of gender that may be effected when different kinds of technologies are involved in the intra-action among the multiple forces that are enmeshed in the production of gender categories and gender performativity, as we know them. What happens to our doings, our understandings, materializations – that is to our formations of gender – when technologies enter the equation? I am interested in the kinds of technology that aim at imitating the human and human relational practices. What do those technologies do to the enactment of gender? I bring in Judith Butler and Karen Barad's analytical frameworks together with postphenomenology in terms of conceptualisations of technological mediation and technological intentionality from Peter-Paul Verbeek and Don Ihde to discuss whether avatars and robots as our 'new companion species' work as conservative and preserving forces – or rather as absurd, preposterous, revealing and thereby destabilizing exposures of rather awkward imaginaries and discursive practices in relation to the enactment of gender?

Udgivelsesår30 okt. 2015
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 30 okt. 2015
BegivenhedThe Work of Gender in the Lives of Children and Young People - UiT Norways Arctic University, Tromsø, Norge
Varighed: 27 okt. 201530 okt. 2015


KonferenceThe Work of Gender in the Lives of Children and Young People
LokationUiT Norways Arctic University


  • avatars, robots, new companion species, new materialism, poststructuralism, Postphenomenology, technological intentionality, intra-activity, Karen Barad, Judith Butler, Peter-Paul Verbeek, gender

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