Sarah Kember is a writer and academic. She is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work incorporates new media, photography and feminist cultural approaches to science and technology.
Publications include a novel and a short story The Optical Effects of Lightning (Wild Wolf Publishing, 2011) and The Mysterious Case of Mr Charles D. Levy (Ether Books, 2010). Experimental work includes an edited open access electronic book entitled Astrobiology and the Search for Life on Mars (Open Humanities Press, 2011) and Media, Mars and Metamorphosis (Culture Machine, Vol. 11). Her latest monograph, with Joanna Zylinska, is Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (The MIT Press, 2012).
She co-edits the journals of photographies and Feminist Theory. Previous publications include: Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity (Manchester University Press, 1998); Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life (Routledge, 2003) and the co-edited volume Inventive Life. Towards the New Vitalism (Sage, 2006).
Current research includes a feminist critique of smart media (iMedia. The gendering of objects, environments and smart materials, Palgrave, forthcoming) and an affiliated novel, provisionally entitled A Day In The Life Of Janet Smart. With Janis Jefferies, Sarah Kember is co-PI of an RCUK funded project on digital publishing, part of CREATe (Centre for Creativity, Copyright, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology). Towards this project, she is currently writing an article entitled ‘Why write? Feminism, publishing and the politics of communication’. Kember is in the process of setting up The Goldsmiths Press and at weekends she does kung fu (recently awarded her blue belt).
Why are we afraid to judge?
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