How Lesbians Invented the Internet

10 June 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Cait McKinney will be the tenth guest of our fORUM critical conversation series. Please join us on Wednesday 10 June at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30.

Please note that this event will not be held at Mercer Union. Join us Wednesday evening at Scrap Metal, located a few minutes away from the gallery at 11 Dublin Street, Unit E.

In her talk, Cait McKinney will address how histories of media and technology are enriched by feminist activist stories. The talk considers a range of projects from the 1970s to the present that provided marginalized lesbian-feminist publics with access to information, whether with index cards, print newsletters, early computing, or online archives. Using these tools, feminists designed complex multimedia practices and built new grassroots networks that are critical for understanding feminism’s contributions to histories of commonplace media.

 Cait McKinney is the 2015/16 Media@McGill postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, and received her MA from York University (2010) and BA from the University of British Columbia (2006). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Feminist Information Activism: Newsletters, Index Cards and the 21st-century Archive. Recent writing appears in the journal Seachange, the Radical History Review’s special issue on queer archives, and Little Joe magazine.

There is no cost for admission.

fORUM is a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances held in the gallery at Mercer Union. The series is generously supported by The Hal Jackman Foundation