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Previous Events, Seminars and Workshops

Academic Year 2020-21

 

Lent term 2021:

Technology, Gender and Intersectionality, University of Edinburgh School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Thursday 25 March 2021

Eleanor and Kerry presented the project and its methods to students and faculty members before opening a conversation on the role of intersectionality and gender studies in creating more equitable technological systems.

International Women’s Day, Corpus Christi College, Thursday 11 March 2021

Kerry Mackereth presented a talk on ‘Gender, Violence, and Artificial Intelligence’ which examined how AI and other new and emerging technologies need to be contextualised within wider histories of gendered and racialised violence.

Care Work and Technology, Gender and Working Lives Reading Group, Tuesday 9 March 2021

This reading group discussed the relationship between care labour, gender, race and AI, interrogating technologies that purport to perform caring and reproductive labour on humankind’s behalf. 

Science, Imperialism and Indigenous Epistemologies, Race and Technology Reading Group, Tuesday 9 March 2021

Eleanor Drage led the session on Science, Imperialism and Indigenous Epistemologies for the Race and Technology Reading Group. 

International Women’s Day, Monday 8 March 2021

Kerry and Eleanor spoke alongside Stephen Cave, Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, at an online International Women’s Day Event organised by the University of Cambridge Information Services.

Technology, Gender and Intersectionality, St. John’s College Feminist Society, Thursday 25 February 2021

This seminar demonstrated the need for an intersectional approach to artificial intelligence, and explores the existing intersectional work being done in the field of AI.

Violence, Reproduction and Racialisation in the History of Medicine, Race and Technology Reading Group, Tuesday 23 February 2021

This reading group session explored how the gendered and racialised bodies have historically been a site of invasive and non-consensual experimentation in the name of modern medicine.

Technology, Gender and Intersectionality, University of Sussex, Thursday 18 February 2021

On February 18th, Eleanor Drage gave a lecture at the University of Sussex on Technology, Gender and Intersectionality. The session provided students and staff at Sussex with an overview of intersectional work being done in the field of AI, and how an intersectional perspective can improve AI development processes. The talk also gave an overview of career and training opportunities for humanities and gender studies students who would like to work in the technology sector.

Science Communication Reading Group, Monday 15 February 2021

On February 15th, Stephen Cave, Kanta Dihal, Eleanor Drage and Kerry Mackereth presented a paper on representations of AI scientists and engineers in film and television to the Science Communication Reading Group. The presentation was followed by a fruitful conversation about the paper with experts in the fields of science studies and the public communication of science.

CFI Seminar Series, Wednesday 10 February 2021

On February 10th, Kerry Mackereth, Stephen Cave and Kanta Dihal presented a paper on representations of AI scientists and engineers in film and television to the CFI Seminar series. The paper was also co-authored by Eleanor Drage. The paper examines how the fundamental inequities in the demographics of the AI workforce relate to the predominance of male AI engineers, scientists and researchers in film and television narrativisations of AI.

 

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Michaelmas term 2020: 

 AI, Gender and Intersectionality: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward (Closed workshop), Thursday 19 November 2020

On Thursday 19th November, the Gender & Technology Research Project  team hosted the second of two closed workshops. In this workshop, the research team presented an overview of three core areas that benefit from an in-depth intersectional approach: data sets and the responsible collection and use of data; categorisations and classification in AI; and consumerism and commodification. The workshop was attended by invited leading academics and industry professionals. The attendees were affiliated with a range of institutions and organisations, including (but not limited to) the United Nations Institute of Migration, PwC, Wayve, Aigorithm, Mawdoo3, University of Essex, Lancaster University, University of Roehampton, University of Cambridge, IndabaXEgypt (the Egyptian Machine Learning Community), Nile University, and University of Coventry.

Multi-disciplinary Text Seminar on Gender and AI for the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Wednesday 18 November 2020

This interactive workshop with MPhil and first-year PhD students at the Centre for Gender Studies discussed gender, race and AI. The discussion focused on how gender and race are envisioned and programmed into facial recognition technologies. It also examined gendered and racialised representations of AI, drawing upon both Cave and Dihal's (2020) work and the research team’s prior work on AI narratives.

Race Research Cluster on Bias in Algorithms, Interface, and Design, Thursday 12 November 2020

At the Department of Sociology's Race Research Cluster, the Gender & Technology Project team provided an overview of algorithmic bias and facilitated a vibrant discussion on Cave and Dihal's (2020) 'The Whiteness of AI'.

AI, Gender and Intersectionality: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward (Closed workshop), Tuesday 10 November 2020

On Tuesday 10th November, the Gender & Technology Project team held their first closed, invitation-only workshop on AI, Gender and Intersectionality. It provided an overview of three core areas that benefit from an in-depth intersectional approach: data sets and the responsible collection and use of data; categorisations and classification in AI; and consumerism and commodification. The workshop was attended by invited leading academics and industry professionals, who joined for the discussion following our presentation. The attendees were affiliated with a range of institutions, including AI Now, the University of Nottingham, Florida International University, The London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Cambridge.

Mitigating Unfair Bias in AI: State of the Field and Next Steps Forward, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Lunchtime Seminar Series, Wednesday 4 November 2020

On Wednesday 4th November the Gender & Technology Project research team held a seminar for members of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, which presented an overview of the scholarship on mitigating gendered and racialised bias in AI. Attendees included Dr Stephen Cave, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Dr Kanta Dihal, Project Lead for Decolonizing AI.

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