On Thursday, February 3rd, Dr. Catherine Knight Steele discussed her new book Digital Black Feminism at Data & Society’s Book Forum Series hosted by Policy Research Analyst, Serena Oduro.
Digital Black Feminism traces the longstanding relationship between technology and Black feminist thought.
Black women are at the forefront of some of this century’s most important discussions about technology: trolling, online harassment, algorithmic bias, and influencer culture. But, Catherine Knight Steele argues that Black women’s relationship to technology began long before the advent of Twitter or Instagram. To truly “listen to Black women,” Steele points to the history of Black feminist technoculture in the United States and its ability to decenter white supremacy and patriarchy in a conversation about the future of technology. Using the virtual beauty shop as a metaphor, Digital Black Feminism walks readers through the technical skill, communicative expertise, and entrepreneurial acumen of Black women’s labor—born of survival strategies and economic necessity—both on and offline.