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Do Androids Menstruate and/or Ejaculate: Imagining the Intersectional Future of Technology, Labour and Interstellar Ethnography 
Sandra Fernandez
Alexandru Balasescu (Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada)
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Thursday 9 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Space travel is back on the agenda, spearheaded by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, and influencing how and which bodies leave the Earth. We invite anthropologists to explore intersectionality and labour embedded in technology, while pondering the methods of our discipline as it migrates into space.

Long Abstract:

Private space-tourism is 'in'. Blending the colonial West with Star Trek, we see a space-suited Jeff Bezos donning a cowboy hat, hosting William Shatner, once Captain Kirk, for his first real space travel. However, journalists question the first Chinese woman astronaut on parenting, while Mission: AstroAccess researchers design inclusive space infrastructures.

Space is reaffirmed as a place of negotiation between public and private, between the bodies that populate it, their representation, and their interaction with technology as the medium of space colonisation. This panel invites debate around the possibility of space ethnography, and the embodiment of human assumptions within space design and interactions, from technology to labour.

How does the development of space technologies account for how different bodies occupy space?

Interstellar Reproduction: With space travel requiring extreme practicality embedded in plans and design, how will the management of bodily excretions, particularly those linked to the politically charged field of reproduction, develop?

Space Ethnography: What does it mean to be a space anthropologist? What type of limitations may appear? How does fieldwork change?

Intersectionality, Labour, Technology: How will our biases travel into space using software and infrastructure design? What are the current efforts to imagine space other than populated by 'neutral', and yet masculine, androids?

Any form of submissions are welcome, from ethnographies of space design sites, to fictional ethnographies, speculative reflections, or science fiction stories. We intend to create a special issue in the Journal of Future Robot Life, and to engage with public and private space agencies.

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Session 1 Thursday 9 June, 2022, -