Talks and Performances
Sarah is interviewed by Joan Haran on the contribution of fiction to feminst media and technology studies. She discusses her own novel, the Optical Effects of Lightning. The interview is also on the Fembot website for the series Books Aren't Dead.
Listen to interview Part 1
Listen to interview Part 2
Smart phones, smart boards, smart homes…. every technology is apparently so darn smart, but how are we keeping up with these gadgets ourselves? Smart technologies are referred to as such because they seem intelligent enough to know about our personal needs, desires, and curiosities and they cater their computational functions to better serve us as individuals. They know us through the data we generate about our lives and appetites, but of course, that means they’re left with a database of info on us, the tasty consumer, to sell to hungry corporations.
link to podcast
In a podcast by Britt Wray, Sarah Kember explains what this looks like today with the emergence of the smart home, where ubiquitous computing is rebranded as ambient intelligence, and sold as an invisible but necessary part of domestic life for the future.
'Ubiquitous Photography: from everywhere to 'everyware''
History of Photography seminar series
Courtauld Institue of Art
'For an experimental mode of expression'
Feminist Debates on Technology
'Ubiquitous Photography and the Ambient Intelligent Amateur'
International Photography Symposium
University of Gothenburg in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation
"The tools that we need for reinventing our lives': feminist dialogues on technology'
Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
'The state of feminist methodologies: taking stock and new challenges'
Feminist Scholarship for the Next Decade
Feminist Scholarship Division, ICA
'Ambient Intelligence: the makeover and metamorphosis of the self in relation to
technology and capital (and what we can do
about it) for the Society for Existential
Analysis (SEA) event on The Permeation of Technology in Everyday Life', at the Welcome Institute, Sat 19th November 2011
link to video
'When is a hoax not a hoax? The mediation of
life in technoscientific culture'. Keynote talk for Staging Illusion: Digital and Cultural Fantasy, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and the Centre for Material Digital Culture, 9 December,
University of Sussex
‘To live is to be photographed’ (Sontag): Photography & Ambient Intelligence’
Contemporary Vernacular Photographies
The Photographer’s Gallery and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture
University of Westminster
Chair, ‘Homes beyond Home’
CAST seminar series
‘Everywhere is Nowhere. The self-reinforcing agents of contemporary technoscience’
Unexpected Agents: Considering agency and subjectivity beyond the boundaries of the human
University of Birmingham
Media and the Senses
Two day international conference
‘Queer Ethics? On love, loss and doing nothing’
The Fourth Annual Sexuality Summer School
University of Manchester
Media at McGill
Public lecture at McGill University
EPSRC (Societal Issues Panel)/AHRC sponsored retreat looking at social and ethical implications of the development of robotics and autonomous systems. Policy remit.
Rhinefield House Hotel
‘What is the significance of the nonhuman/alien to feminist theory?’
Feminist Theory and the Non-Human Workshop
Department of Sociology
‘The LHC Project: mediating life, the universe and everything’
CRASSH (Centre for Research in Arts Social Sciences and Humanities)
‘Digital Media (and beyond)’
Histories of the Digital Future
University of Warwick
‘Voice and Academic Performativity – a feminist intervention?’
Creative Media Forum with MA Gender and Culture (co-organised event)
Goldsmiths, University of London October 2009
Special Event: ‘Metamorphoses’
Monstrous Media, Spectral Subjects
Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association
Department of English and Creative Writing
‘(Re)pensar la fotografia’/’(Re)thinking photography’
SCAN. International Photography Symposium (Instantaneas de la teoria de la fotografia)
‘Media, Mars and Metamorphosis (part 3)’
Animation and Automation
Centre for Screen Studies, University of Manchester
Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University
‘The Virtual Life of Photography?’
Coventry School of Art and Design,
with Goldsmiths Creative Media Forum
November 2008. link