Performing the Human
Shaowen Bardzell is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and a faculty affiliate of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. Known for her work in feminist Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Shaowen’s research centers on a network of concepts of interest to both feminists and HCI scholars, including scientifically rigorous and socially just research methodologies; human sexuality; embodiment; marginality; and everyday aesthetics. Some of her more recent work has focused on exploring the intersections between HCI’s rising interest in social change and feminist social science, critical design, intimate interactions, and the application of critical and cultural theories for developing concept-driven design strategies.
Micha Cárdenas is a performer, writer, student, educator, mixed-race trans femme Latina who works with movement as a technology of change. Micha is a Provost Fellow and PhD student in Media Arts + Practice (iMAP) at the University of Southern California and is a member of the art collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Micha’s solo and collaborative work has been seen in museums, galleries, biennials, keynote addresses, and community and public spaces around the world. She is a co-author, with multiple other artists and scholars, of The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012, Atropos Press).
Micha has been an artist/researcher with the b.a.n.g. lab at Calit2 and the UCSD School of Medicine, and has lectured for the Visual Arts department and Critical Gender Studies program at UCSD. Her collaboration with Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, the Transborder Immigrant Tool, was the subject of widespread media coverage and Micha’s work has been written about in publications including the Huffington Post, Art21, the Associated Press, the LA Times, CNN, BBC World, Wired and Rolling Stone Italy. She blogs at michacardenas.org and tweets at @michacardenas.
Jennifer Robertson is a Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art at the University of Michigan, where she also holds appointments in the Department of Women’s Studies and the School of Art and Design and is a faculty associate in the Anthropology/History Program. She is a former director and member of the Center for Japanese Studies, and an associate in the Science, Society and Technology Program and Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
Robertson is the originator and general editor of Colonialisms, a book series from the University of California Press that explores the historical realities, current significance, and future ramifications of imperialist practices with origins and boundaries outside of “the West.” She is also a co-editor of Critical Asian Studies. She is the author of six books and dozens of articles and chapters address a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from the 17th century to the present, including nativist and social rectification movements, agrarianism, sex and gender systems and ideologies, mass and popular culture, nostalgia and internationalization, urbanism, the place of Japan in American Anthropology, sexuality and suicide, theater and performance, votive and folk art, imperialism and colonialism, and eugenics and bioethics.
Jennifer Robertson is currently working on the cultural history of Japanese colonialism; eugenics, bioethics, and ideologies of “blood” in Japan and Israel; the genre of war art; and humanoid robots and cyberculture in Japan and elsewhere. In addition to her academic work, she makes collages, watercolors, serigraphs, ceramics, and oil paintings found here.