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Housework & Technological Change
What does house work look like in 2019? How are smart technologies changing the meaning of domestic work? What impact is this having on women?
The rise in new technologies allow for greater flexibility in how and where we choose to work. Today, more people are working from home than ever before.
Designers are responding to these changes in working styles by creating products and systems that merge home and office life. This new working landscape is transforming domestic life, challenging traditional notions of privacy, efficiency and ideas around domestic labour.
This talk explores how developments in digital technologies are shaping housework and what impact this is having on the lives of women and our understanding of gender.
Priya Khanchandani is the Editor of Icon Magazine. She is a writer, researcher and the Curator of the India Pavilion at London Design Biennale 2018. Previously she worked as Head of Arts Programmes for India at the British Council.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is a consultant, entrepreneur with a design background and international public speaker based in London. She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp and the London Internet of Things Meetup.
Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. She has published widely on the social relations of technology.
Sonia Solicari is Director of the Geffrye Museum of the Home since January 2017. Co-director of the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership with Queen Mary, University of London. Sonia has published and lectured widely on aspects of nineteenth century art and design, and contemporary collecting and display.
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