Selected Conference Presentations
In January 2017, I presented my paper, “Codes of Gender: The Imitation Game Before and After ELIZA” on the MLA 2017 special session panel, “ELIZA at Fifty.”
In March 2016, I independently curated an exhibition titled, “Woman a Machine: Gender, Automation, and Created Beings.” Hosted at the Archives and Special Collections of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, my multimedia exhibition explored the history of gender and automation from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, including representations of eighteenth and nineteenth century female android automata, the twentieth-century mechanized housewife, and cyborg imagery in twentieth and twenty-first century visual culture.
“Woman a Machine” featured a variety of items and archival materials, including early science fiction magazines, bound editions of Life magazine, and artists’ books from the Archives and Special Collections, plaster face casts from the UConn Puppet Arts Program, a working life-sized female automaton from the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, movie posters, and a video that I created tracing the history of created females in film and television and photographs of historical android automata.
View this slideshow for selected images of the exhibition: