Me, We and the Machine: The Technology, Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute 2020

15 May 2020
Arnhem, the Netherlands

Conducted by CREA and Point of View
Hosted by ArtEZ
 

15 - 21 May 2020

ArtEZ University, Arnhem, the Netherlands

Applications are due on or before 23:00, on 6 March 2020 (IST). 

 

Applications will be evaluated and participants will be selected on a weekly basis so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application form here and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org (with 'MWATM Application 2020' in subject line). You may send any queries to the same address. 

Early applications will be given priority. Limited partial scholarships are also available for early applicants!

 

What

Me, We and the Machine (MWATM), conducted by CREA and Point of View, examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and technology. The participants learn to link theory and practice, and are exposed to social construction theories on gender and sexuality, and feminist theories on technologies and digitality. Participants are given the frameworks and tools with which to critically examine their own advocacy strategies and the rights-based claims of movements. Faculty will include global South and global North academics and practitioners. 

 

For Who

MWATM is for activists working on issues of gender and sexuality, LGBTIQ rights, sexual rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, rights of persons with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, who are interested in learning more about the politics of technology in its intersections with all our work; individuals working with digital rights, and the intersections between social justice and technology; gender, sexuality and/or digital rights activists who are interested in building a stronger theoretical foundation for their work. 

Please read this carefully to ensure that you meet the criteria for this Institute and that this Institute is right for you!

 

The Institute

Me, We And The Machine is a seven-day residential institute that dives deep into two big questions:

  • How does technology shape and influence sexuality, gender and rights?
  • How do sexuality, gender and rights inform and shape technology?

Following the style and methodology of CREA’s flagship institute on Sexuality, Gender and Rights (SGRI), this institute explores the intersection of theory and practice in the context of social movements. The institute will explore the following core concepts, including rights-based claims and strategies that are seen to advance the goals of movements working on gender and sexuality:

  • Technology as site and space (public, private, hybrid)
  • Pleasure, danger and technology
  • Sexuality and censorship 
  • Body becoming data, data becoming body
  • Consent and privacy in the digital age
  • Tools of control
  • Online and offline harassment
  • Artificial intelligence, rights and social justice
  • Movements of resistance, activism and technology

 

When and Where

The Institute will take place from 15-21 May 2020, with seven full working days, excluding travel. You should plan to arrive on 14 May and depart on 22 May. Read more about Arnhem; more about ArtEZ.

 

How

Think. Relate. Play. Talk. See. Read. Shift. Me, We And The Machine uses seven core methodologies, over six days, to explore key concepts outlined above. 

The Institute is rigorous, with long days. There will be two tea/coffee breaks on-site during the work-day, and a break for lunch. Evenings are typically used for films, which are part of the course. The Institute is not a workshop; it is designed as an intensive academic institute for activists and practitioners. This means a lot of reading will be required. Reading lists and material are sent in advance. The curriculum is carefully and thoughtfully designed by experts in the field/s and by educators with years of experience. We expect all participants to actively and enthusiastically participate in every aspect of the Institute. 

 

Participant Criteria and Accessibility

Only 30 participants will be selected for the institute, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Application selection is not discriminatory based on age, sexual orientation, gender identity, chosen work, disability. Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the course. Participants from the global South, working for local NGOs, will be prioritized. Full-time students are not eligible. 

We will do our best to ensure reasonable accommodation of needs of individuals with disabilities. 

 

Travel and Visa

Each participant must bear the cost of their visa fees and travel fares (international, local). Even receiving one of our scholarships does not entitle you to airfare and travel fare (please see below under the section titled Partial Scholarships). Please remember to plan for your visa well in advance. We will provide a letter which confirms you have been selected to attend this Institute, with the necessary logistical information, to support your visa application. 

Registration and Course Fees

Registration and Course fees are due on or before 20 March 2020, if you are selected.

Registration Fee: EUR 250. All selected applicants will have to pay this fee (it is waived only for scholarship recipients).
Tuition Fee: EUR 1500. This covers tuition and resource package (it is waived for scholarship recipients). This fee does not include travel costs to and from the Institute venue for anyone, nor does it include accommodation costs. 

Partial Scholarships

A very small number of partial scholarships are available on a need basis (please see below for what the scholarship entitles you to). Please note that the scholarship process is competitive. Only individuals who meet all the following criteria are eligible to apply for a scholarship. 

• Working in national/local organisations in the global South;
• Working and residing in the global South; and
• Working on sexual rights, LGBTIQ, sex workers' rights, and rights of people with disabilities, and gender and technology

NOT ELIGIBLE for scholarships: Students; individuals not affiliated with organisations; individuals working with international organisations; those living in the Netherlands. 

The partial scholarship includes only: 

  • Waiver on tuition fees
  • Waiver on registration fee
  • Hotel Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis, with breakfast) x 8 nights, check-in 14 May and check-out 22 May 

We make every effort to increase the number of scholarships, and to meet fund-related requests in exceptional cases, but we are only able to have more clarity on this closer to the Institute date. 

NOTE: The partial scholarship does not include airfare, visa fees or other travel costs. Participants who receive these partial scholarships will be expected to fund their own travel to and from the Institute, international and local. Such participants will also be expected to arrange their own meals; we will be providing everyone with a list of recommendations for inexpensive meal options in and around the Institute venue.  

 

Accommodation and Meals

Only scholarship recipients' accommodation is covered by us; all other participants have to pay a reduced fee for their accommodation. We have made a block booking for Institute participants at a hotel very near to the Institute venue. Selected participants will pay for and arrange their accommodation through us, accordingly. Scholarship recipients do not need to pay for accommodation, but are expected to share. Non-scholarship participants may choose if their accommodation is twin-sharing or single occupancy; the price for single occupancy accommodation will be higher. 

All participants will be expected to arrange their own meals. We will provide you with a list of recommendations for inexpensive cafes and restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel and the Institute. 

 

Other Funding Opportunities

We encourage participants to approach donors to sponsor their participation. Possible sources for funding include the organisation you work for, your organisation's donors, and donors who fund the emerging area of gender, technology and rights. We suggest that you begin researching options immediately upon submitting your application to us.

 

Who Are We

CREA is a global feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. CREA works at the grassroots, national, regional and global levels to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms for all people. 

Point of View is a feminist non-profit based in Mumbai, India. We build and amplify the voices of women and other marginalized genders and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of our work, as are disability and technology.