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For a theory of contemporary cyberfemminism: from technoscientific utopia to the situated critique of cyberspace

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Keywords: ICTs, cyberfemminism, Donna Haraway, postcolonial studies, transcultural feminism

The notion of technosociality elaborated in the sphere of Social Studies of Technology (STS), is widely debated within technofeminist thought, and brings to the fore the social construction of gender and technology, and the necessity of considering the conjunctions of technologies of gender and the engendering of technologies. This essay analyses the theoretical and practical contribution of cyberfeminism to the debate, analysing the utopian and critical phases of cyberfeminism to explore the encounter between cyberfeminism, postcolonial thought and transcultural feminism. Returning to the political roots of Donna Haraway's thought on the cyborg and her situated thoughts, a situated and transcultural cyberfeminism recuperates the dimension embodied by new technologies, and adopts and analyses new information and communication technologies through considering material and symbolic effects in relation to the dynamics of production and consumption, of collocation and mobility, to then revindicate feminist action which emerges from those contexts and stories in which the entwining of bodies and technologies creates difference.

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