How can we achieve variance, dismantle hierarchical structures and promote plurality in the Feminist Internet space?
The Feminist Internet and its mechanisms are potentially a transformative tool in our lives, and the internet connects us in myriad ways. Many of society’s inequalities, however, are encoded in the internet’s structures, processes and communities.
• The internet is a world transformed. A world in which a greater sense of diversity is understood and found; a world in which we give greater access to all.
• We live in the age of the platform – all voices are valued and heard equally. The world is becoming internet literate and autonomous.
So, if an individual is not equally valued, they are able, and encouraged, to create platforms to challenge any perceived inequality – and to share it with the world. Conceptually, this action is possible at the click of the button. Such notions, however, do not take into account the historical and social inequalities inherited from a capitalist, neoliberal system. Nor do they trouble the reductive notions of diversity or hierarchy in the global sense and thereby foster solidarity across borders.
Focus of Making a Feminist Internet
Focusing in on inclusion and collaborating recreation for a feminist internet, Mariam Kauser guides this collaborative discussion. The session is based on the Feminist Internet Manifesto and the ethos of wrkwrkwrk collective. Kauser confronts the reductive nature of contemporary diversity and the reasons that it exists. This session seeks to redefine the meaning of hierarchical structures, in a globalised and intersectional sense. Participants will be asked to cooperate in solidarity so that we can think of practical ways to utilise the internet’s potential to connect our voices equally.
Facilitator Petra Kassun-Mutch
Presenter Mariam Kauser
Mariam Kauser co-organises wrkwrkwrk, an open study group supporting early career research in technoscience, feminism and decoloniality. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of West London, where she also teaches. Her research explores the political economy of YouTube. Mariam’s work is focused on unpacking historical legacies of gendered, racialised and ableist exclusions, alongside the performative and promotional role of bodies embedded within institutional hierarchies through the use of tagging, labelling and branding of bodies and identities in our increasingly digitised and interconnected world.
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