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