Teaching

Researchers and TA’s affiliated with the lab take part in many forms of teaching activities. Some are program courses, others are hosted by the lab for students or as open events.

Feminist Technoscience Film Club

This spring, Feminist Technoscience Film Club will host three film screenings on the theme ‘bodily relations and machines’. It is open to anyone, but make sure to book a (free) seat if you plan to come. The film club is hosted by PhD student Anna Brynskov from Digital Design, in collaboration with ETHOS Lab and AIR Lab.

For the third and final Feminist Technoscience Film Club of this semester we will warm up with the short film Alexandra (2019) directed by Anna Brynskov followed by two episodes of the South Korean drama My Holo Love (2020). Expect hologram, AI, and blockchain technologies on screen 👾

Alexandra takes place in a greener future where two students negotiate their electricity use with Alexandra – a blockchain system that manages with a firm hand. A critical-feminist comment on algorithmic decision-making.

My Holo Love is about the woman So-yeon who by coincidence becomes the beta tester of Holo – a hologram- and AI-based personal assistant. Friendly feelings emerge between So-yeon and Holo, but competing developers are after the Holo prototype, and Holo must use all of his machine intelligence to keep So-yeon and himself safe. The K-drama looks into Korea’s commercial tech start-up culture and wraps it in cute melodrama and far-out imaginaries about AI.

The screening will be followed by a collective discussion on bodily relations & machines, future imaginaries about AI, solutionism, gender roles, and impressions from the audience. 🛸💗

WHAT: Screening of My Holo Love + Alexandra
WHERE: AIR Lab at IT University of Copenhagen
WHEN: May 14, 16:00-18:45

Send an e-mail to abry@itu.dk to sign up. 📽️

Previous screenings ☁️🎞️👽
– February 28: Teknolust
– April 10: Crimes of the Future

Follow us on Instagram @ethositu for updates. 

Feminist Technoscience in Practice 

ETHOS Lab invites interested students, researchers, and practitioners to take part in a series of events titled ‘Feminist Technoscience in Practice’. The events focus on the practical application of digital and critical feminist methods.  

The series consists of events that feature talks by guest speakers followed by workshops that invite you to experiment with the methods that are presented during the talks.  

The events are rooted in technical practices but are tailored to accommodate any level of technical experience. Participation is open and free for anyone interested, but registration is required (sign up links will be shared two weeks before each event).  


Past events:

TUESDAY OCTOBER 24th 2023
Guest Speaker: Sofie Burgos-Thorsen (She/Her, They/Them), PhD & MSc Sociology, Researcher at TechnoAnthropology Lab  

Visualizing stuff differently: Putting Data Feminism into practice, and other learnings from the Urban Belonging Project. 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7th 2023
Guest Speaker: Mai Hartmann (She/Her), Digital Accessibility Specialist and Lecturer  

Layers of experience: How assistive technology mediates user experience (and why empathy is overrated) 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14th 2023
Guest Speaker: Ada Ada Ada (She/Her), Algorithmic Artist

The latent limitations of image generations: A trans perspective

Upcoming workshops

Technical Solidarity: Labour, Risks, and Resistance

We’re back with the fourth event in our series ‘Feminist Technoscience in Practice’, a series of events that highlight practical application of digital and critical feminist methods.

This event takes place on May 6th at the IT University with our workshop facilitator Luis Landa. Luis is a Research Assistant Technologist at ETHOS Lab and an avid supporter of Digital Rights. He will give a talk on the story behind the tools Glaze and Nightshade and illustrate how solidarity can be built across communities and how it can be used to counter trends in the industry.

The talk is followed by a tutorial, where the tools will be showcased and contextualized within a normal artist workflow.

The event is rooted in technical practices but is tailored to accommodate any level of technical experience. Participation is open and free for anyone interested, but registration is required.

 

EVENT STRUCTURE

15:00-16:00: Talk by Luis
16:00-17:00: Case example and tutorial
17:00-18:00: Speculative workshop & open discussion
(there will be several breaks along the way)

WHERE
Room 2A54, IT University of Copenhagen

Sign up and here more here!

Junior Researcher Programme

 

ETHOS Lab provides a nurturing space for BSc and MSc students who would like to be further challenged and grow within academia and research. Our JR programme hosts 5-10 students annually who enroll in the program with a specific research project, which is supported in the Lab community throughout the academic year.

About the Program

Joining the lab research community with their own independent projects, the JRs find a reflective, experimental space where their ways of thinking and conducting research are challenged and expanded by their fellow JRs and Lab members. The programme lasts two semesters, during which the JRs present their progress to the lab community twice per semester through presentations and interactive play. 

 

JRs furthermore join biweekly meetings with their fellow JRs and the ETHOS Lab manager. Here they foster a more closely-knitted reflective space, where they are able to build on top of each other’s reflections and experiences.

The outcome of the JR research – beyond their own and the collective insights – are 2 blogposts for the Lab’s blog communicating their process and findings, and an open presentation event at ITU. We have gathered some of our JRs and their projects in this Flipbook.

How to Become a JR

 

 

We will begin our next recruitment process for the Junior Researcher programme in September 2024.

You apply by submitting a research proposal. Your project may be related to a course or a thesis for which you will receive ECTS points. However, this is not a requirement. We equally accept (and encourage) projects that go beyond your regular coursework.

Before applying, please make sure you read through this PDF which includes all the key information.

For questions regarding the program or the application, contact ETHOS Lab Manager:  
Henriette Friis, hefh@itu.dk

Feminist Futures Copenhagen 2023 Feminist Hackathon

In April 2023 ETHOS Lab organised Feminist Futures Copenhagen: the first major feminist hackathon in Denmark.

With Feminist Futures we challenge the hackathon format by making a dynamic and inclusive event that brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to collaborate on projects that challenge existing power structures and promote equity and social justice. 

Hackathons often cater to a very narrow group of individuals with specific backgrounds, but our hackathon is not an exclusive space for programmers and hackers. Instead, by applying a feminist lens, we’ve created a hackathon format that caters to many different people from diverse background and with diverse experiences, ensuring more wholesome representation in our work.

This is needed not only to push the tech-industry in a more diverse direction but also to create a space that invites other kinds of backgrounds and skills into building the future. That is also the reason we focus on designing our hackathon from start to finish with accessibility and inclusivity in mind.

If you’re interested in getting involved with upcoming initiatives related to Feminist Futures Copenhagen, you can reach out to us on ffcph@itu.dk 

Beyond Academia

Aspiring to communicate our research to a broader audience, as well as engage with people, ETHOS Lab are committed to do activities and collaborations beyond academia. We have been in collaborations with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, Hexagon Geospatial Analyse & Tal, Red Associates, Novo Nordisk, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, The Royal Danish Library, Danish e-Infrastructure Co-operation (DeiC) and Geoforum. We furthermore do events around Copenhagen which we will announce through our newsletter.

If you are wondering about a possible collaboration with us, write to our Lab Manager Henriette Friis.

Courses and Conferences

The Lab members contribute as TA’s and lecturers to a variety of courses at ITU and occasionally as speakers at events or conferences. ETHOS members support students and teachers on the degree programs Digital Innovation and Management such as The Digital State in Practice, Computational Literacies, Navigating Complexity: Mapping, Visualisation and Decision-making, and courses on Global Business Informatics, such as Society and Technology, Networked Media and Communication, Organisation and Process Theory.

PhD Courses

The Lab hosts and engages in PhD courses. We have previously hosted an Ethnographic Methods course (2015) to consider how technologies participate in reconfiguring notions of ‘field’ and ‘desk’ in multi-sided research, and Research Interrupted (2020) which spoke to the disruptions in research – due to the corona crises – as well as mundane and inevitable changes occurring when embarking on a research journey. The lab encourages and supports self-organized courses by PhDs’ is something we as a Lab encourage. Lately, we have been a sparring partner in the development of the course Feminist and Postcolonial STS (2021), initiated by PhD students at ITU.

Python Study Group

Python is a programming language used for many purposes. In our work with data and digital methods, we often come across digital tools, which require certain knowledge about programming in Python. ETHOS Lab started an egalitarian Python Study Group in 2015 welcoming both students and staff, and going strong ever since.

The study group gathers people interested in learning the programming language Python as well as fostering a sense of community and collective build-up.

Python Study Group is a self-study environment where we meet up, Python beginners and wizards, to learn more about programming. It is an open space where attendees engage in code and learn from and with each other. Either through a self-chosen project or resources, or from the provided book ‘Learn Python the Hard Way’.

We want the participants to enjoy themselves while getting help from each other and volunteers. It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or programming wizard. Everyone is welcome.

The Python Study Group is currently in hiatus.