Diffracting NewMaterialism/Cyberfeminism/Computing: 5 questions for AI from a technomaterialist perspective

Feminist scholars Karen Barad and Donna Haraway speak of diffraction as a way to situate and overlay different theories, materials and activities, so as to see what kind of new territories of world-making might congeal. What kind of new territory-building can be enacted when cyberfeminist legacies, feminist new materialist theories, computing theory/practices and artistic research are brought together into a series of bumpy knotted conversations and read through each other? Based on these conversations, I will propose five questions that are important to ask for re-thinking AI from a technomaterialist perspective.

Goda Klumbyte is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems research group, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Kassel. Her research engages feminist science and technology studies, informatics and posthumanism. Goda’s work was published in Everyday Feminist Research Praxis (eds. Leurs and Olivieri, 2015), Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (eds. Walters and Hester, 2015) and Posthuman Glossary (eds. Braidotti and Hlavajova, 2018). She was the convenor of research project CF+: Reconfiguring Computing Through Cyberfeminism and New Materialism (2018/19, funded by HMWK).