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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Claude Draude

PhD Project:

Intermediaries: Gender Codes and Anthropomorphic Design at the Human-Computer Interface


Description of the Project



»Intermediaries« analyzes the gendered codings that characterize human-computer interfaces. In particular, anthropomorphic forms of embodiment, such as »embodied conversational agents« or »virtual humans« are examined in their roles as compliments or substitutes for tranditional computer interfaces. Software robots like »Embodied Conversational Agents« or »Virtual Humans« are designed in order to bring new functionality to the interface or redefine humancomputer interaction completely. One goal of the research project is to trace the gendering of computational artifacts on higher levels of abstractions and thus to go beyond the obvious gendering of the ›human look‹ of the software agent.


Since 2017, head of the department "Gender / Diversity in Informatics Systems" at the faculty of electrical engineering / computer science and on the board of directors at the "Research Center for Information Systems Design" (ITeG), University of Kassel, Germany. From 2014 - 2016, part of the Maria Goeppert Mayer Professorship "Gender, Technology and Mobility" team, Technische Universität Braunschweig, faculty of mechanical engineering, Germany; research projects "GenderING. Gender Studies in Engineering" and "Gender Knowledge in and Between the Disciplines: Criticism, Transformation and Dissident Participation in (Academic) Knowledge Production", computer science section, joint project with the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
From 2011 - 2013, researcher at the work group "Sociotechnical System Design & Gender" at the University of Bremen, Germany, faculty of mathematics / computer ccience. 2005 - 2010 scholarship holder, DFG-graduate school "Gender as knowledge category", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Doctorate in Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum in 2015.


Selected Publications



Claude Draude and Susanne Maaß. 2018. Making IT Work. Integrating gender research in computing through a process model. In Proceedings of 4th Gender&IT conference, Heilbronn, Germany (GenderIT’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 8 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3196839.3196846

Claude Draude. 2017. Computing Bodies. Gender Codes and Anthropomorphic Design at the Human-Computer Interface. Springer VS Research, Wiesbaden.

Anja Zeisig, Claude Draude, Heidi Schelhowe, Susanne Maaß. 2014. Vielfalt der Informatik - Ein Beitrag zu Selbstverständnis und Außenwirkung, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen (Open Access), https://elib.suub.uni-bremen.de/edocs/00104194-1.pdf

Claude Draude. 2009. “It is the between that is tainted with strangeness.” Das unheimliche Geschlecht virtueller Wesen. In: Braun, Christina von u.a. (Hrsg.), Das Unbewusste. Krisis und Kapital der Wissenschaften; Studien zum Verhältnis von Wissen und Geschlecht, Transcript, Bielefeld 2009, 395-413.