Coding Resistance

Coding Resistance

Coding Resistance
A new study program exposing coded inequalities and reimagining technologies for better, brighter, and more just futures!

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Coding Resistance is:

A nine-week Lecture Series bringing together stellar designers, researchers and activists: Morehshin Allahyari, Iyo Bisseck, Marwa Fatafta, Aimi Hamraie, Lucas LaRochelle, Maryam Mustafa, Minna Salami, Nakeema Stefflbauer, and Timnit Gebru. Register now!

A free-of-charge Fellowship for participants from marginalized backgrounds (womxn and folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, and/have been system impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply). Each person brings their research and interests to the group, and together, as a community of transnational solidarity, we support the crafting of independent narratives, which will soon appear on Futuress. Apply now!

Under the guise of machine neutrality, technology captivates, fascinates, and entails a promise of imagined objectivity. At the same time, oppressive social structures are coded into technological tools that further reproduce social, spatial, and environmental inequality, subduing and subjugating racialized, gendered and non-abled bodies. The very design of artificial intelligence embeds human biases, which in turn creates harmful, destructive material and digital infrastructure.

Against the backdrop of algorithmic discrimination, reinforced by state and corporate surveillance, many activists and civil society movements have been striving to reimagine the relation between society and technology. Futuress wants to help connect and amplify the voices of designers, researchers, and activists who critically examine the politics of digital tools and seek to build more equitable and just practices. Our new study program, curated in collaboration with depatriachise design, aims to expose design’s role in sustaining inequalities, while at the same time imagining how technologies can be used to imagine new futures.

Lecture Series:

  • Start: September 24, 2021
  • End: December 2021
  • 9 lectures available synchronously or asynchronously
  • Always held on Fridays or Saturdays
  • Access to the Futuress Slack platform which brings together the Futuress community
  • Prices available on a sliding scale:
    Solidarity: €280
    Standard: €140
    Student: €70
    BIPOC+ Student: €35
  • Register NOW! Fees sponsor the Fellowship, and help sustain Futuress as a whole

Fellowship:

  • Start: September 24, 2021
  • End: December 2021
  • 5 sessions in small groups with workshop facilitators and individual meetings
  • Different days and time-zones available
  • Access to the Futuress Slack and the entire Coding Resistance lecture series
  • Free-of-charge and exclusively for participants self-identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, and/or majority world
  • Apply NOW! Applications close September 7, 12 pm CEST


Lecture Series

The Coding Resistance Lecture series is a para-academic space to critically engage with urgent topics around design technology and bias.

Starting on September 24, 2021 and for the following 9 weeks, different inspiring speakers will take us on a journey through complex multifaceted topics including discriminating algorithms, digital colonialism, emancipatory potential of virtual reality, interdependence as a political technology, speculative queer and trans futurities, and more.

Bringing insights from their activism, lived experiences, and research, our speakers will reflect upon the social implications of technology hardwired with racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of oppression and the harmful, destructive digital and material reality it creates. They reveal multiple interconnected social justice struggles that reimagine digital tools and engage in “coding resistance” toward more just futures.

Each lecture is followed by a discussion, where you will  be able to ask direct questions to the lecturer as well as the other participants from all over the world. All lectures will be available synchronously and asynchronously, and you will further be invited to join the *Futuress *Slack platform to continue sharing and learning from others. The Futuress Slack gathers participants from past and present Futuress workshops, forming a growing community of designers, researchers and activists from all corners of the world.

In addition, by registering for the lectures, you not only enter a transnational community centered around design-politics, but also help to sponsor 48 participants to join our parallel Fellowship and craft their own unique counter-narratives. Their research will be honed into stories for a broad audience, which you will soon read here on Futuress!

→ Register here

You are registering for the Coding Resistance Lecture series directly by payment.

*Futuress is committed to democratizing design education. Our online lectures are accessible through a sliding scale price structure of STANDARD, SOLIDARITY, STUDENT and BIPOC+ STUDENT. If you have the financial capacity, please consider paying the solidarity price to support Futuress’s fellowship, learning, and publishing community. For students under more limited economic circumstances, particularly those self-identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and majority world, we offer a BIPOC+ student price. We trust your honesty, and do not require proof of current enrollment.

Futuress offers discounted prices for institutions wishing to purchase passes for their students and staff. For more details, please get in touch with resistance@futuress.org




Speakers Line-Up

September 24 | 3 pm CEST
Outing and Outsmarting Discriminating Algorithms
with Nakeema Stefflbauer (she/her)
Technology Researcher

October 01 | 3 pm CEST
Back to the Future of the African Village

with Minna Salami (she/her)
Writer, Feminist Theorist and Lecturer

October 08 | 3 pm CEST
Gender and Technology Beyond W.E.I.R.D.
with Maryam Mustafa (she/her)
Computer Scientist and Human-Computer Interaction Researcher

October 15 | 3 pm CEST
Glimmering Opacities: From Queering The Map to QT.bot

with Lucas LaRochelle (they/them)
Designer and Researcher

October 22 | 3 pm CEST
Emancipation Through the Virtual
with Iyo Bisseck (she/her)
Activist, Designer, Researcher and Artist

October 30 | 4 pm CEST
Make Time to Take Time

with Morehshin Allahyari (she/her)
Activist, Artist, Writer and Educator

November 05 | 3 pm CEST
Interdependence as a Political Technology
with Aimi Hamraie (they/them)
Designer and Disability Researcher

November 12 | 3 pm CEST
Digital Colonialism and Palestinian Resistance

with Marwa Fatafta (she/her)
Digital Rights Activist and Researcher

November 19 | 6 pm CEST
Towards Justice, Equity and Accountability in AI

with Timnit Gebru (she/her)
AI Ethics Researcher, Computer Scientist and Activist



Fellowship

The Coding Resistance Fellowship is a learning community that nurtures the crafting of independent narratives.

Each fellow applies with an ongoing research project they wish to develop and make available to a broad audience—this could be a thesis in the works, a final year project, a semester assignment, or a longstanding obsession. Alongside having full access to the Coding Resistance lectures synchronously and asynchronously, fellows meet in smaller groups in collective brainstorming sessions to share their progress, give and receive feedback, and gain new insights from others. Workshop facilitators Cherry-Ann Davis, Iyo Bisseck, Maya Ober and Nina Paim will follow everyone’s work closely, and support participants with active listening, constructive critiques, and practical advice. Together, they strive to create a nurturing, non-violent, supporting, and respectful learning atmosphere in which everyone grows. This will also be supplemented by individual feedback, and the lively Futuress Slack.

Workshop facilitators (from left to right) Cherry-Ann Davis, Iyo Bisseck, Maya Ober and Nina Paim

At Futuress, we believe in the power of accessible writing to bring awareness to inequalities and injustices in the world. We will support each participant to craft their research into an accessible format—adhering to our guiding philosophy to make design research public. By the end of the workshop, everyone will produce one article relating to their research topic, which will be edited and published on Futuress.

→ Apply here

Thanks to the patronage of the lecture series, the Fellowship is entirely free; however, places are limited to 48 spots. Applications will be accepted up to September 7, 2021, at 12p.m. CEST. Selected participants will be announced on September 13, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at resistance@futuress.org.

Credits

Concept and curation: Nina Paim (Futuress) and Maya Ober (depatriarchise design)
Editorial assistance and design: Mio Kojima (Futuress)
Coding assistance: Iyo Bisseck
Copyediting: Sacha Fortuné (Futuress)
Typeface: Ronde by Rani Yasmine Putri