We are seeking personal essays about technology, and the ways in which objects frame and shape human relationships. Essays should be no more than 1000 words, and they should have a sharp analytical angle that draws on knowledge of the history and theory of technology and its intersections with social and cultural difference, as well as a deeply personal story to tell. Perhaps there is an emblematic technology that anchors a specific relationship in your life--a grandfather’s pocket knife, a family vehicle. How do the diverse meanings associated with technology interact with your personal history? Gender is an especially important analytic for technology, in part because the very notion of technology is itself gendered, and the history of innovation, adoption, transfer, and failure of technologies can be mapped onto patterns of social and cultural life. This series explores these technology stories from a personal angle, and encourages readers to think deeply about the tools and objects around which their relationships may be structured.
The editors of Lady Science will contribute to this series, but we are also looking for 4 writers to contribute a piece. We can offer $50 per piece. The series will be compiled into a small collection, to be distributed by eBook and potentially in print.
Please send a pitch of a few short paragraphs, a brief bio, and a date by which you can file to firstname.lastname@example.org.