Women's and Gender Studies
/ Interdisciplinary Humanities
Caroline Alphin (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Shelby Ward (University of Texas at Austin)
This panel is interested in critiques of narratives and representations of spaces and technologies of care, including the medicalization of homes, disabling spaces in the home, examinations of how bodied and disembodied artificial intelligence may change geographies of care, deterritorialization of long-term care facilities, the cosmopolitanized spaces of care in hotels, the gendered and racialized politics of service industries, and the promotion or promise of care through mediated forms of print and digital technologies. Feminist geography, socialist feminists, feminist phenomenology, psychoanalytic feminists, feminist disability, and queer theorists, among others, have offered critiques of the dominant theories of home and spaces of care, especially of the linkage between home and family, gender and home, and the binaries of home as haven. However, there is little research that addresses how the presence of bodied and disembodied artificial intelligence or how the mediated mapping of cosmopolitan and service spaces have changed or may change the way humans think about, experience, structure, and make meaning of spaces of care. Nor is there much research within feminist gerontology, feminist geography, human geography, and its related subfields, such as, geographies of home and geographies of care, that theorize and critically analyze how human and robot interaction, has or may change how people experience, structure, think about, and make meaning of their spaces of care. Likewise, more might be done in these fields to analyze the geographies, narratives, and spaces of care that are mapped out and mediated in cosmopolitan and tourist spaces, either in promotional materials, websites, images, and reviews before travel, or the technologies that are required in these places to mediate bodies within space (air travel, air conditioning, heat, water, spas, etc.). These kinds of technological practices also have environmental effects and implications in the geographies of global climate change. Papers on this panel might explore these kinds of representations, narratives, and interventions via a wide array of cultural analyses, including critiques of film, literature, television, brochures and promotional materials, public policy, websites, digital reviews, or others.
This panel is interested in critiques of narratives and representations of spaces and technologies of care, including medicalization of homes, disabling spaces in the home, examining how (disem)bodied artificial intelligence may change geographies of care, deterritorialization of long-term care facilities, cosmopolitanized spaces of care in hotels, gendered and racialized politics of service industries, and promotion or promise of care through mediated forms of print and digital technologies.