Web-based course project

As part of the students' mark for this course, students picked one topic from the list below, and wrote web pages linking their pages with the other students' pages (where possible).  In this project, the students are exploring the inter-relationships between and among theories of feminism, approaches to feminist research methods, and various research studies looking at technology and media through gender-related perspectives.  

Please note: Given that this is the first year that this course has been offered, and that we had a small class, not all possible areas, or research studies have been covered.  We hope that subsequent classes will fill in the gaps.

1.  Approaches to Feminism (in these pages, students summarize the approach, identity the strengths and limitations of the approach and then, show how this approach handles issues relating to gender and technology, linking to specific research studies -- if known):

Liberal Feminism  - Hussein Jahazi
Eco-Feminism – Sarah Potter
Standpoint Feminism – Valerie Thomas
Radical Feminism – Amy Saracino
Socialist Feminism – Not done yet
Postmodern Feminism – Lisa Amin
Queer Theory – Marissa Bregman
Feminist epistemology – covered in Valentina Ferreira-Pinto's work on Alison Adam's work on AI
Psycho-analytical Feminism – not done yet

2.  Discussion of Feminist research methods  - Jatinder Gill

3.  Case studies (in these pages, students identify what technology/media the researcher is analyzing, summarize the author's research methodology and findings, tie her in with a feminist approach(es) -- if possible, and  point out the strengths and weaknesses of her analysis): 

Adam's work on AI – Valentina Ferreria-Pinto
Gray's work on the VCR -  Opal Shah and Nadia Grannum
Herring's work on CMC on listservs –  Shelley Langstaff
Stewart-Millar's work on Wired magazine - Anisa Tayab and Sulman Sheikh

Mary-Louise Craven, Associate Professor,
Communication Studies Program, Social Science Division
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3