Infrastructures as Gender

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This project consists of a short, conceptual paper that articulates gender as an actual infrastructure. I argue that framing it this way allows us to ask not only about the organization of knowledge, but how organization itself is organized. The paper looks at how gender-as-infrastructure organizes organization through properties of efficiency, rationality, technicity, and dataification. This organization becomes a part of infrastructures of information and mediates narratives of progress and technoliberalism (as well as ‘truth-telling,’ leaks, etc.). I draw on the argument of ‘leaky infrastructure’ from Daniela Agostinho and Nanna Bonde Thylstrup as well as build upon the work of scholars such as Wendy Chun, Zizi Papacharissi, Amanda Philips and Kate Crawford.