INVITATION TO HEX DIGITAL CULTURES SEMINAR SERIES

Lecture by Dr. Hilde G. Corneliussen, associate professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway.  In her lecture she will explore the question of stability and change in gender-technology relations in a historical perspective.  Among the examples you will meet cultural discourses warning women against being “sent back to the kitchen sink” unless they develop an interest for computers; recruitment initiatives inviting women to computer science because they are good at communicating with people; female computer experts presented as not-(masculine)-nerds; and computer competent women using femininity to surprise their environments.

  • Date: Tuesday November 27
  • Time: 15.15-16.45 followed by film and discussion 17.00-18.00
  • Place: Room 201, Kulturanatomen, Biskopsgatan 7, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

More info at the HEX site. Welcome!

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The Technology Review, published by MIT, reports “girls now use more technology at the home than boys do. Coauthors Karen Pine, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire, in the U.K., and Robert Hart, of U.K.-based educational consultants Intuitive Media, also claim that mothers are more likely to lend a helping hand than fathers when these technologies fail.” The author, Brittany Sauser questions the findings.

This pressrelease says “The survey found that 94 per cent of the girls said that they used a computer or laptop compared with only 88 per cent of the boys. It also found that 50 per cent of children chose their mothers to help them to use new technologies, versus 22 per cent, which chose their fathers.”
Referring to aTechnology Review articlefrom January 2008, Sauser claims tech-savvy girls are going down in numbers not the other way around.

As Sauser points out, it is interesting to note is that they left out “gaming machines” and other gadgets and only accounted for pcs and laptops.

Robert Hart clarifies: “”It is clear from results that the Internet has gained a significant place in children’s daily lives. Almost all of the children surveyed use the Internet at home with their parents. Their mothers are particularly engaged with their homework and formal learning and take an interest in their online safety. Fathers join in to a lesser extent but encourage children with the fun aspects and help them with their hobbies.”

Sounds like business as usual?