An evolving web resource based on the exhibit curated by R. Arvid Nelsen and designed by Darren Terpstra
The following pages show images of the physical exhibit that was presented in the Andersen Gallery of the Elmer L. Andersen Library, May 28 - June 23, 2008. Text from the exhibit and scans of some of the materials exhibited can be found from links on pages reached via the thumbnails below. Please explore! New content will be added regularly.
Gendered Bits: Identities, Practices and Artifacts in Computing
On Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 2008, the Chartles Babbage Institute hosted a two day, international conference featuring invited speakers from six countries and including both outreach to a genral public audience and specialized scholarly discussion. The focus of all this attention was on the critically important theme of gender in computing, specifically the notable inequity in gender representation -- or "gender gap" -- in contemporary computing professions. In order to support the theme of this conference and to draw attention to the rich resources addressing this topic in the collections held by CBI, an exhibit was also mounted that explored possible historical antecedants and foundations for this gap.
The online resource now available offers two routes to view the exhibit. Below you will see signs, replicated from the physical exhibit, that address specific themes within the exhibit. These provide links descriptive text and scanned images of materials presented in cases. There are also photos from the physical exhibit where one may take a "virtual tour." Links within the tour also direct visitors to the text and images.
In the course of preparing for the conference a meeting was held in which several people offered feedback and suggestions on strategies for approaching this exhibition' I would like to thank visiting scholars Dr. Janet Abbate, Dr. Veronika Oechtering and CBI staff Dr. Thomas J. Misa, Dr. Jeffrey Yost, and Stephanie H. Crowe.
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