Sols Research 2021
[..] I am conducting research on women's and LGBTQ+ communities in the IT field, including women's and minority communities in Germany (as well as bootcamps and other initiatives) that are dedicated to attracting, making visible and empowering these groups in the IT sector. I am interested in learning about the reasons or motives for creating such communities, how they grow, what activities they carry out, how they interact with other similar groups and if they have contact with groups that are not IT, but recognise themselves as feminists or if they support feminist causes that go beyond the IT sector. My aim is to write my PhD thesis comparing Argentinean and German communities (I am already in contact with one community in my country), to identify similarities and differences, characteristics and effects of the contexts, as well as to enhance transatlantic contact.
In order to reach my goal I would like to interview those members of die Haecksen who are interested in collaborating with my research (hopefully there is at least one person) by telling me about their personal experiences and their participation in the group, and also to carry out what is known as participant observation, that is, to follow the group on social networks, join the mailing list and online activities and, when there are face-to-face events to take part in them. This is a long term work, so I estimate that it will take about 4 or 5 years.
Can/would you help me? Obviously, any interview will have a request for informed consent, in case of interacting in their social networks I will inform of my status as a researcher, as well as in on- and offline activities, and whenever I observe any intervention that I consider useful for my research before quoting comments in my work, I will first ask permission for it. That is, I want people to feel comfortable with me and also respect their desire for privacy. I hope to turn this thesis into a collaborative work, where I write and reflect, but with the cooperation and constant exchange with the community.
sciency way of asking
"Research on gender and ICT (and more generally STEM) has been profuse and acknowledged the particular difficulty that women and LGBTQ+ face when trying to participate in the IT field. In order to increase diversity many women and allies’ groups flourished at the beginning of the XXI century, demanding diversity in technology for reasons such as joy, agency, empowerment, and equality with agendas that are distinctive from those of higher education, governments, or companies due to their voluntaristic character (Dunbar-Hester 2019). Although there is scholarship inquiring into their values, ideals, motivations, and practices as well as the infrastructures of care (Dunbar-Hester, 2020) they create, these analyses are based on groups located in the Global North, mainly in the USA and Canada. Therefore, I propose to research similar initiatives in other places of the Global North and in the Global South, where the performativity of infrastructures as a form of action, practice and relation that requires continuous attention and care is apparent (Alam & Houston, 2020; Smedberg, 2019; Nguyen, 2016). Thus, I endeavour to study diversity advocacy groups in Argentina and compare them with communities in Germany. In this presentation I would like to tell you more about what this research entails, how I plan to approach the topic and field work, what type of empirical data I want to gather, and the role of the “subjects” of the study— in order words, you. My hope is to turn my PhD thesis into a collaborative work, where I write and reflect, but with the cooperation and constant exchange with the communities."
other organizational details
Questions in and for the live session with Sol: https://haecksen.pads.ccc.de/930 (not public anymore)
Feedback pad: https://haecksen.pads.ccc.de/phd-research-haecksen (not public anymore)
draft paper that a panel of experts wrote at the request of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) for projects financed by the EU but can also apply for smaller projects and contain the main ethical principles and dimensions that should be considered when working on social sciences research. Concept of ethical research: https://wolke.haecksen.org/s/LyGR3tiMEJCrmBA