Digital devices are increasingly embedded in everyday things and objects and part of our taken-for-granted environment, intertwined in sociotechnical networks or systems. Research must explore the increasingly complex ongoing process of mutual shaping of gender and ICT over time and across multiple sites (Wajcman, 2007).
This research project aims to explore the embodied relationship between gender and ICT, informed by feminist technology studies, based on the understanding that both gender and technologies are social constructions. Considering that technologies are increasingly pervasive and embedded in everyday things and objects, constituting a relevant aspect of social identities and that research often reports on “ICT gender gap”, our aim is to investigate how do technologies affect and are affected by gendered practices. The main goal is to study how individuals construct their relations to technologies, with a special focus on how gender makes a difference within this construction.
This research projects aims:
- to explore the interrelations of gender and technologies in an educational context acknowledging that young people’s gendered identities have an impact on future educational and career patterns, particularly in relation to science and technology;
- to contribute with knowledge of how gender relations are materialized in technology and how gendered identities and discourses are produced simultaneously with technologies;
- to improve the understanding of the co-production of gender and technologies and advance ways to promote gender equity.
By gender equity we are not referring to equal numbers of men and women using technology, but as expressed by OECD (2008), to greater levels of self-determination for all genders, a much greater range of opportunities for being gendered and more equal distribution of power.
OECD (2008). ‘Return to gender’: Gender, ICT and Education. Background paper of OECD Expert meeting hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, by C. Tømte.
Wajcman, J. (2007). From Women and Technology to Gendered Technoscience. Information. Communication & Society, 10 (3), 287–298.