Łukasz Szulc: Feminist and Queer Manifestos for Digital Utopias
22 June 2023
The Digital Good Network was delighted to host Łukasz Szulc from the University of Manchester for a keynote lecture, entitled ‘Feminist and Queer Manifestos for Digital Utopias’ at the University of Sheffield.
When it comes to digital technology, academics in the social sciences and humanities are often playing catch-up. The rapid acceleration of technological change, the black-box nature of major digital technologies and academics’ hindered access to Big Tech’s data force us to provide a largely belated or reactive critique. Critique alone is not enough to shape better digital futures. In this talk, Łukasz Szulc built on the idea of utopia to think about the digital good in a radical and revolutionary way. His focus was be on feminist and queer manifestos, which foreground the perspectives of marginalised actors in demanding utopic digital futures. From Donna Haraway’s classic Cyborg Manifesto to the Xenofeminist Manifesto and the Technoqueer Manifesto. From Glitch Feminism to Queer OS to Full-On Fully Automated Luxury Green Diffabled Trans* Feminist Queer Inter-Species Space Communism of Colour. Artists, activists and academics are reimagining digital technologies in creative and rebellious ways. What kind of digital utopias do they call for? What risks do they ask us to take? And how can we turn our research into manifestos for better digital futures?