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Women in STEM Bookclub: Zeros and Ones

Monday, Apr 06 2020
19:00 - 20:30
Book club
location: Lighthouse - Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DB

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This book club aims to bring students and professionals of STEM subjects together, to discuss books related to women in STEM, to share views and experiences, to network and to help each other overcome the barriers in the male-dominated STEM environments. It is organised and moderated by Dr Athina Frantzana and her spreadtheword_project, and it is open to all genders. This year our discussions will take place once every two months.

In April’s meeting, we will discuss an older but still relevant book by Sadie Plant: Zeros and Ones (1998).

Grab a copy (10% from the bookshop) , have a read, join us for a cuppa and a good chat!

“Sadie Plant has created a brilliant, cohesive metaphor of the digital web as a feminist body; its attention to detail, its multiplicities and multidimensionalities all rise up against the unitary perspective of Western man, of wholes, of predestinated entitlements. Through her story of Ada Lovelace, Plant has exposed a woman that has suffered for her brilliance, who sought escape from a male-dominated world and was deemed a hysteric, a madwoman. But Miss Lovelace would not be categorised so today, not when the world has come to better understand the politics of femininity, the cultural and social hierarchies that have preyed on women and denoted them lesser beings, or in many cases, not existing at all. But Plant’s book does not simply support feminism, it supports all marginalised peoples and cultures, who have been subjected to control or domination by Western man. It is a thoroughly interesting, enlightening read for anyone who is fascinated in the politics of cyberspace.”

(review from cyberartsweb.org)


Dr Athina Frantzana has been researching women’s representation and experiences in STEM for more than 5 years. She has organised and participated in a number of international and local conferences and events presenting her work. She works tirelessly towards achieving gender equality in STEM by raising awareness and sharing knowledge on women in STEM matters, through mentoring, researching, and various projects and outreach activities.


Readers don’t have to buy the bookclub book from the shop, however we do rely on those book sales to be able to keep the event & refreshments free; to pay our booksellers for their time prepping & running book clubs and to keep the lights on. Please do NOT buy your books from am*z*on, if you cannot afford to buy the book then PLEASE support your local library.

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