PhD Defense by Brooke Bosley

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    • Thursday December 1, 2022
      12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
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Summary Sentence: Afrofuturist Feminism: "Reinserting Blackness, Queerness, and Disabilities in the Design Process

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Thursday, December 1st, noon EST via Zoom link below.

Brooke Bosley


Dr. Susana M. Morris (advisor), LMC, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Chris Le Dantec, LMC, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Andre Brock, LMC, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Jessica Tran, Apple

Dr. Christina Harrington, Carnegie Mellon University

Title: Afrofuturist Feminism: "Reinserting Blackness, Queerness, and Disabilities in the Design Process"


In 2020, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Brayla Stone, and countless other Black lives reignited social protests across the United States and globally. These deaths magnified the countless ways that white supremacist structures such as police brutality and transphobia enact violence across Black communities. Companies such as Procter & Gamble, Ben & Jerry's, Sephora, GM, and others sought to address police brutality through countless diversity statements on Black Lives Matter. These statements included commitments to hiring more Black employees and creating equitable products. Even technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM released similar statements that echoed these sentiments, which is ironic considering how some of their products have caused harm in Black communities.

Technological fixes to these problems will not necessarily solve racial inequity; however, they can ultimately change how we build and create tools for marginalized communities for the better. We need principles that help designers, engineers, and researchers push for more equitable technology solutions centered around Blackness, Queerness, and Disabilities. My dissertation presents Afrofuturist Feminism Principles built on the theoretical foundations of Afrofuturism, Black Feminism, Race & Technology studies, and Human-Computer Interaction to counter biases in technology. The principles have been tested through co-design sessions around topics such as healing justice, gentrification, police brutality, COVID-19, and interviews with interaction professionals. The goal of the dissertation is to understand how Afrofuturist Feminist principles could mitigate harm at the nexus of these issues and present a series of strategies on how to address these issues in design.

Topic: Brooke Bosley Dissertation Defense
Time: Dec 1, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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