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FemEdTech is delighted to share news of the publication of a special issue of the journal Learning, Media & Technology with the theme ‘Feminist perspectives on learning, media and educational technology’. This issue, which will be of great interest to many in the FemEdTech network, is available online now:

Learning, Media & Technology, Vol. 47, No. 1 

Please note that this issue will be available free to all from the date of publication until 30 April 2022. We invite you to share, explore and download the issue. You may also wish to bookmark this page – after 30 April when the period of free access expires, Open Access postprints of articles will be shared in this page so that all may continue to access this valuable work.

This special issue was edited by a feminist editorial collective: Javiera Atenas, Helen Beetham, Frances Bell, Catherine Cronin, Jade Vu Henry and Sukaina Walji. In their editorial, ‘Feminisms, technologies and learning: continuities and contestations’, the editors write:

“bell hooks teaches that theory must become a ‘liberatory practice’ that ‘informs, shapes and makes feminist practice possible’ (1994, 65). We embrace feminists’ ongoing commitment to activism, whether in the classroom, on the picket line, or in the coding lab. Many of the approaches that have revolutionised open and distance learning were developed in feminist, radical and anti-racist classrooms: teachers and students collaborating to produce public texts; students’ lives and concerns being treated as material for learning (Omolade 1987); interdisciplinarity and critical thinking rather than canonical knowledge; a focus on technical skills as empowerment; teaching as a relationship of care (Spivak 2009; hooks 2003). If these seem mainstream now, feminists have not ceased to innovate, as our special issue shows.”

A diverse collection of articles is published in the special issue, from scholars in a range of contexts:

Learning, Media & Technology, Vol. 47, No. 1

Special Issue: ‘Feminist perspectives on learning, media and educational technology’