TPFH Part 3: Gender, Power & Technology

TPFH Part 3 | 7 March – 8 April: Gender, Power & Technology

Part 3 of Technology, Power & the Future of Humanity (online distance course) deals with the relationship between gender, technology and power. This includes questions such as: Do  artifacts (and technologies) have politics, and how might technologies affect power relationships? What is the relationship between gender and technology? Who should “select” and control technological development, and how?


Merchant, Environmentalism: From the Control of Nature to Partnership

The Case For and Against Climate Engineering, debate between David Keith and Mike Hulme

“Feminism, Technology, and Labor” from FemTechNet on Vimeo.

Feminism, Technology, and Systems from FemTechNet on Vimeo.

Feminism, Technology, and Systems 2: Infrastructures from FemTechNet on Vimeo.

Vandana Shiva on GMO issues

Bill Gates, Innovating to Zero!

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Crosstalks, Power to the people – Facing the global energy challenges

Course Goal from Syllabus for Part 3

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
– apply conceptual, analytical and ethical tools to understand the role of technology in individual as well as collective meaning making processes.

– critically review different technologies, the use and development of technology and its consequences from a power perspective, and methods for risk assessment and evaluation of these consequences.


Here is the individual task for part 3 (pdf file):

The online seminar for part 3 takes place on April 8th (or a date the same week that you agree upon within your group). Agenda for the seminar:



Nye, Technology Matters (course book): Does Technology Control Us? | Is Technology Predictable? | Should “the Market” Select Technologies?

Hulme, Can Science Fix Climate Change? (course book), chapters 1, 2 & 3.

Winner (1980). “Do Artifacts Have Politics?” Daedalus, vol. 109(1)

Orwell, You and the Atomic Bomb

Hornborg, A. (2006). Footprints in the cotton fields: The Industrial Revolution as time–space appropriation and environmental load displacement. Ecological Economics, vol 59 (1).

Wajcman (2007). “From Women and Technology to Gendered Technoscience”. Information, Communication & Society, vol. 10 (3).

Isla (2007). “An Ecofeminist Perspective on Biopiracy in Latin America”. Signs, vol 32 (2).