Conference report for The Scholar and The Feminist X, 1983, page 3

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          and Technological Change." The new reproductive technology and the
new weapons technology were examined in workshops, "The Engineering

of Reproduction" and "Women and Weapons Technology" respectively.
Alternative approaches to high technology were presented in several
workshops: "The Electronic Cottage: Can We Bring the Power Home?"

"The Power to Create, The Power to Resist: Ecological Feminism and
Technology," and "Can We Make Science More Feminist?" Interestingly,
the numbers of participants were evenly distributed among the work-
shops. bworkshops made more use this year of audio-visual equipment --
several slide projectors, video-equipment and, in one case, a
personal computer. During the lunch session a short video presentation
by "Women Against High Technology" was shown on the upper level of
McIntosh Center.

Following the workshops, Marge Piercy, a well-known feminist writer,
gave a reading of poems from her latest book, Stone, Paper, Knife

as well as selections from earlier collections. Her poems reinforced
some basic themes of the conference -— the technological threat of
destruction of the planet, the need for women to fight back, praise
of the natural.

A wrap up meeting=was held to evaluate the conference. While finding
it overall a success, we had to recognizex that our ability to cover
all aspects of the question was still limited. The tone and focus
of the conference probably seemed too formal, too "tech" to attract.
feminists from the arts community or from the "creative opposition"
to high technology. We were fortunate to have the video workshop
and the video presentation from "Women Against High'Technology,"

but the inclusion of more of these creative diverse approaches to
the question of technology would have been stimulating. It would
also have been a better conference if outreach to minority women had
been stronger, as technology is a question that affects us all in
different ways. There are still too many women who suspect that the
question of technology is too technical or arcane to involve them.

The coherence of this conference was a strong point. This was due to
the planning/coordination of the morning panel and relationship to the
workshop offerings. These theoretical relations were strengthened

by the high degree of personal interactions among conference presenters.
In particular, the pre-conference meeting Friday night was extremely
useful, since it allowed the speakers, workshop leaders, and planning
comittee members to exchange ideas and explore connections. The
groundwork for the next day's synthesis atmosphere was thus established.

Given the recent publication of two anthologies on women and technology
(from Praeger and Pergamon) it would not seem particularly useful to
publish these proceedings in yet another scholarly anthology. Thus, the
conference coordinator seeks the approval of the Women's Center to
operate independently, perhaps with other conference participants,

in some different kind of publication, without Women's Center funding

or support.