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Jenny Carla Moran

Jenny MoranAHRC Doctoral Training Partnership /Cambridge European & Newnham College Scholarship

Technologies of Love

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge, Faculty of English/ Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence)

Abstract:

My research concerns how we make connections in the digital age. I examine a range of AI-embodied techno-companion technologies – including sex robots and care-assistive robots – to consider the role played by these technologies regarding love, loneliness, and labour. I take the position that all creations are produced from the situated contexts of their creators, and therefore I am particularly interested in the roles played by our social imaginations of gender and race in relation to the design, use, and potential appeals of these technologies, in UK and US contexts. Combining gender theory, queer of colour critique, poststructuralism, marxist theory, cultural studies, decolonial studies, and ability studies, I hope to intervene in popular discourse surrounding techno-companions and produce a nuanced analysis of: (i) the operations of this industry, and (ii) what it means to love an object.

Academic Background:

Bachelor of Arts (First Class) in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin
Master of Arts (Distinction) in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS, University of London

Publications:

Moran, J. C. (forthcoming) “Ach Ba Ghá Dom Labhairt Leat:’ An Foclóir Aiteach and the Presence of Queer Culture as Gaeilge.” In: Harvest of Distress. Derry: Derry Centre for Contemporary Art.

Moran, J. C. (forthcoming) “Programming Power and the Power of Programming: An Analysis of Racialised and Gendered Sex Robots” In: Janina Loh and Mark Coeckelbergh (eds.), Feminist Philosophy of Technology. Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019.

Moran, J. C. (2019) “‘Ach Ba Gá Dom Labhairt Leat:’ An Foclóir Aiteach and the Presence of Queer Culture as Gaeilge.” [online] Available at: http://mulosige.soas.ac.uk/queer-culture-as-gaeilge/.

Moran, J. C. (2019) “Oppositional Artefacts: Archival Justice and the Disruption of Irish Cultural Memory through Vukašin Nedeljković‘s Asylum Archive.” A. Banks, N. Cahill and K. Friedeberg (eds.), Ontology of the Artefact. [online] Available at: http://ontologyoftheartefact.xyz/.

Moran, J. C. (2018) “What’s in a Meme: Literature, Representation, and Renegotiation.” [online] Available at: http://mulosige.soas.ac.uk/meme-literature/.

Moran, J, and L. McCormack, eds. (2017) nemesis, vol. 1, no. 1. [online] Available at: https://nemesistcd.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/nemesis-journal-online1.pdf.

Moran, J, and L. McCormack, eds. (2017) nemesis, vol. 1, no. 2. [online] Available at: https://nemesistcd.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/nemesis-journal-online1.pdf.