New Media Research Workshop: “Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age”

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Gendered bodies are shaped and reshaped by contemporary information and biomedical technologies. While contemporary cultural debates center on whether technologies are moving us closer toward utopian or dystopian lives, the lived experiences of individuals point to complex and contradictory processes. In this talk Shapiro explores whether and how new technologies are reshaping what it means to be a gendered person in contemporary society, and examine the complex intersections between gender ideologies, social scripts, information technologies, and embodied identities.

Eve Shapiro, Ph.D. is assistant professor of sociology at Westfield State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has published in a number of journals including Gender & Society, Sexualities, and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Her recent book, Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age (Routledge 2010) examines whether and how new technologies are changing the gendered lives of cisgender and transgender individuals. Extending this Dr. Shapiro’s current research examines the myriad ways information technologies can be agentically used to reshape individual and community lives, particularly around gender and sexuality.