Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist Approaches in CSCW. CSCW ’17.

Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist Approaches in CSCW


Sarah Fox
Amanda Menking
Anna Lauren Hoffman
Stephanie Steinhardt
Shaowen Bardzell


Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’17)



The aim of this one-day workshop is to explore theoretical and methodological approaches that help us consider issues of gender, sexual orientation, and power in the design of socio-technical systems. This program builds on two previous workshops on the topic of feminism and CSCW. With this instantiation, we are motivated by an explicit commitment to intersectionality — a recognition that the effects of various oppressions cannot be understood independently. Considerable time will be devoted to discussing work in post-colonial feminism, queer theory, Women of Color feminism, and feminist critical disability studies. Through generative conversation with participants, feedback on works-in-progress, and the initiation of outlets for new feminist CSCW work, we aim to 1) build on existing research and practice and 2) identify concerns and approaches for both designing and assessing research oriented toward intersectional and feminist futures in the context of CSCW and social computing.