Slow Reading Group VII

The seventh edition of the Slow Reading Group led by V2_Fellow Renee Turner. The subject is AI & gender inequality.

Mar 2021
14:30 to 16:30
location: Online

Against the pace of infinite urgencies surrounding AI, the slow reading group embraces deceleration to:                    
    •    look at gender inequality & AI, while not reinforcing the binary.
    •    engage in an intersectional (Crenshaw) approach which slowly maps out different themes and issues to plot areas of deeper enquiry.       
    •    commit to inter/transdisciplinary approaches that do not seek to centre technology but rather situate and challenge it (ethos: Audre Lorde’s adage that the master's tools will never dismantle the master’s house.)  While conversely, and even in contradiction to the former, as a part of this decentering, envision technology in its broadest and most entangled sense (Haraway) as neither tool, nor interface. 
    •    foster forms of fictioning that engage with speculative imagination in order to reach outside the restraints of so-called wicked problem paradigms and the conundrums of the present to prototype what might be otherwise or yet to be imagined.          
    •    invite guests into the reading group to challenge assumptions and expand horizons.
    •    share knowledge by generating a living glossary and bibliography of references (including forms of practices, texts and other resources), while resisting the calcification associated with ‘required reading’.               
    •    seek various ways of making the process of enquiry visible such as online talks, publishing and collaborative note-taking.
    •    explore the idea of machine pedagogies versus machine learning in order to interrogate what is knowledge and its acquisition in this context.
    •    search for and acknowledge our blindspots and biases as we move along.
    •    read up (Corita Kent).
    •    update and alter these aims in light of insights.
SLOW READERS are collectively pulled and guided by the negotiation of individual interests, fascinations, and disciplinary backgrounds. Research is emergent, transdisciplinary, and at times, rubbing against the grain of linear logic. Some of the reading methods employed are slow code reading, quilted or fragmented reading, adjacent reading, annotation as reading, divination reading, transcription as reading, reading aloud, reading through translation, reparative reading, dataset reading, reading in temporal drag etc.  Rather than streamlining for clarity, SLOW READERS persistently move through and engage with the quagmire.

Slow Readers

Michelle Teran
Linda Lee
Cristina Cochior
Sonia de Jager
Danae Tapia
Agathe Balayn
Sieta van Horck
Noemi Biro
Renée Turner

This is an invite only event.

SLOW READING is part of the AI4FUTURE program co-funded by the Creative Europe programme and is also part of RASL's transdisciplinary research.

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