Film screening series “Women, Science and Technology”


The Department of Gender Compentence at TU Wien launches a series of online film screenings in the summer term of 2022. Its focus are women in different fields of science and technology. At TU Wien, the proportion of women varies between slightly more than 30 % among students and only 15.4 % of professorships (as of 2020). With this film series, we want to address the fact that women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of technology and science, and raise awareness for the obstacles that women face in the course of their (career) lives.

To this end, films on the topic of women, science, and technology will be screened, which will be available to all members of TU Wien for a period of 2 days each. The films can be watched individually. For this purpose, the Department of Gender Competence will issue a contingent of free licensed tickets or login codes to a streaming platform. After the end of the streaming period of a film, there will be an opportunity to discuss the film in an informal (virtual) setting following a short commentary by an expert from TU Wien.

In its mission statement as well as in its plan to promote women and equality plan, TU Wien commits to promote women and to achieve equal opportunities. With this film series, we aim to approach the issue from an unusual angle, and to take a stimulating and interesting approach to the issue of equal opportunities. The format is meant to be entertaining, but also to spark some discussions. Only by pulling together we can achieve equal opportunities at TU Wien, and everywhere else. 

Films and dates:

Available in the period: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7 pm – Friday, March 11, 2022, 7 pm
Discussion: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 4–5 pm (optional)
max. number of licences: 200 persons 

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. (Source: https://www.pictureascientist.com/, opens an external URL in a new window)

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Anmeldung (registration until: 6.3.2022)

 

Available in the period: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 5 pm – Friday, March 25, 2022, 5 pm
Discussion: Monday, March 28, 2022, 4–5 pm (optional)
max. number of licences: 200 persons 

CODE is a relevant and timely feature-length documentary which aims to explain why more American women and minorities are not pursuing careers in computer science, despite lucrative job opportunities and high demand for coders.
Many factors contribute to this dearth, including cultural stereotypes, lack of role models, limited access to computer science education, sexism and socioeconomic barriers.  Consciously and subconsciously, women and minorities feel they do not belong in programming despite their aptitude for the field. CODE documentary explores how technology would be different if a more diverse field of programmers coded the applications and devices upon which society depends. (Source: https://www.finishlinefeaturefilms.com/code/, opens an external URL in a new window)

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Anmeldung (registration until: 20.3.2022)

Available in the period: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 5 pm – Friday, April 29, 2022, 5 pm
Discussion: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 4–5 pm (optional)
max. number of licences: 200 persons 

ROBOLOVE reflects on the strategies of men and women involved with the creation of humanoid, android robots. Robots that will perhaps one day expand the human body and the human life. From an exciting variety of perspectives we understand the immense complexity of this topic. Featuring Japanese robotics guru, Hiroshi Ishiguro, to the transhumanist, Natasha Vita More - and many more. While the difference between humans and androids is gradually washing away, the tension between technology and social responsibility is growing as much as utopian visions are further expanding. From this mosaic, a tense ambivalence emerges, that questions these futuristic technologies – and is full of love for those who dare to create these new machines that try to mirror our humanness. (Source: https://www.robolove.at/en.html, opens an external URL in a new window)

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Anmeldung (registration until: 24.4.2022)

Available in the period: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5 pm – Friday, May 20, 2022, 5 pm
Discussion: Monday, May 23, 2022, 4–5 pm (optional)
max. number of licences: 200 persons 

Nerdy women - the "hidden half" of fan culture - open up about their lives in the world of conventions, video games, and other rife-with-misogyny pop culture touchstones. While geek communities have recently risen to prominence, very little attention is paid to geek women. Filmmaker Gina Hara, struggling with her own geek identity, explores the issue with a cast of women who live geek life up to the hilt: A feminist geek blogger, a convention-trotting cosplayer, a professional gamer, a video-game designer, and a NASA engineer. Through their personal experiences in the rich cultural explosion of nerdom, GEEK GIRLS shows both the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of being ostracized. These women, striving in their respective professions and passions, face the cyberbullying, harassment, and sexism that permeate the culture and the industry at large. A rich conversation-starter for any class on Pop Culture and Feminism. (Source: https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/geek-girls/, opens an external URL in a new window)

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Anmeldung (registration until: 15.5.2022)

Available in the period: Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 5 pm – Friday, June 10, 2022, 5 pm
Discussion: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 4–5 pm (optional)
max. number of licences: 200 persons 

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies do not accurately detect darker-skinned faces or classify the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected. (source: https://www.codedbias.com/about, opens an external URL in a new window)

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Anmeldung (registration until: 5.6.2022)