In this Medea Vox episode, scholars Daniela K. Rosner and Per Linde discuss why women’s design contributions are often excluded in the history of engineering and innovation. They then move on to discuss a project where menstrual product dispensers are placed in public settings – a project that explores collective responsibility for public Internet of Things applications.
Per Linde is senior lecturer and researcher in Interaction Design at Malmö University. Daniela K. Rosner is assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington where she studies the social, political, and material circumstances of technology development.
- Critical Fabulations, a book by Daniela K. Rosner on reworking the methods and margins of design (MIT Press, 2018)
- Saidiya Hartman, coined the phrase ‘critical fabulations’
- The Jacquard loom, a device that simplifies the process of manufacturing textiles with complex patterns
- The Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer designed by computer pioneer Charles Babbage
- Wendy Chun, Jennifer Light, Lisa Nakamura – scholars who have studied feminized labour
- Moon Machines, a documentary series about the engineering challenges of the Apollo Program to land a man on the Moon, which includes the story of women weaving the core memory
- Richard Sennett, author who has written about the ingenuity around craft labour
- Beyond the Prototype: Maintenance, Collective Responsibility, and Public IoT (open access version)