Helen Hester is Associate Professor of Media and Communications at the University of West London, where she also serves as Head of Film and Media. Her research interests include technofeminism, sexuality studies, and theories of social reproduction, and she is a member of the international feminist working group Laboria Cuboniks. She is the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014), the co-editor of the collections Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (Ashgate, 2015) and Dea ex Machina (Merve, 2015), and series editor for Ashgate’s ‘Sexualities in Society’ book series. She has two texts forthcoming: After Work: What's Left and Who Cares? (with Nick Srnicek, Verso, 2017) and Xenofeminism (Polity, 2017).
In this talk, Helen Hester will explore the intersection of gender and work, using this as a starting point from which to elaborate a technomaterialist politics of gender abolitionism. Drawing upon her work with the xenofeminist working group Laboria Cuboniks and upon the ideas of materialist feminists such as Silvia Federici and Leopoldina Fortunati, she will argue for the political affordances of framing gender as a workplace technology.