TU Wien Informatics

Cyborgs in Dialogue: The Cyborg Jillian Weise (Cy) & Ashley Shew (she/her)

  • By Claudia Vitt (edt.)
  • 2021-05-06
  • Social Responsibility

What is it like to be a cyborg? And what are the presumptions about being prosthetized? Two cyborgs discuss.

Cyborgs in Dialogue: The Cyborg Jillian Weise (Cy) & Ashley Shew (she/her)

  • This event takes place online.
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Cyborgs in Dialogue: The Cyborg Jillian Weise (Cy) & Ashley Shew (she/her)The Cyborg Jillian Weise (USA) & Ashley Shew (Virginia Tech, USA)

Two cyborgs talk about being cyborgs—discussing their experiences of maintenance, wear, frustration, funding, adjustment, alternatives, etc. We correct presumptions that many people have about what it is to be prosthetized. What is a cyborg (as opposed to a tryborg)? When is it worth becoming a cyborg? At what point do we give up on a technology? Why don’t we hear more stories from technologized disabled people as common cyborgs?

Online Event

Registration and participation are free and open to the public.

About the Lecture Series

Technologies invade our everyday lives, take part in constructing our identity, classify (often violently) bodies, and, pushed by recent regulations on social distancing, play an expanding role in connecting families and friends. The effects of this rapid increase of technological dependency, though, further exacerbate existing inequalities, introduce new ones, and lead to previously less apparent pockets of freedom.

In the series “Critical Perspectives on Technology”, the project “Exceptional Norms,” part of the research unit Human Computer Interaction at TU Wien Informatics, invites interested audiences to participate in biweekly talks and critically engage with recent research on technology assessment.

Our speakers are trailblazing scholars and internationally renowned experts from a range of (inter)disciplinary standpoints in conversation with Austrian researchers as hosts.