Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin School of Library and Information Science

Data Feminism Workshop

The interactive workshop series on the topic of Data Feminism in WS 2020/21.

This event is over. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in our workshop sessions. It is great to see so many people come out to discuss Data Feminism!


Announcement Data Feminism
Photo: Maricia Mende

Following the topics and format of the book “Data Feminism” by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein (available as an Open Access edition at, the series consisted of four sessions, in which participants were introduced to feminist perspectives in Library and Information Science.

The aim of the workshop series was to reflect and discuss feminism in information science (with a special emphasis on data science) and to create a space for exchange about our (future) work.

Which perspective might be missing in a statistic?

Whose perspective is reflected by an information collection or a technology?

What can we do to be more integrative in data and information science?

Whose voice is heard?

The workshops took place once a month in WS 2020/21 as an online event.


The workshop series was supported by the Frauenförderung an der Philosophischen Fakultät.



Sessions and Reading Schedule


Here you find the reading schedule for the semester. All are from the book "Data Feminism" by Catherine D'Ignazio und Lauren F. Klein. The book is available Open Access here:

  • 19.11.2020, 6pm - 7:30pm - Session 1: Introduction & Chapter 1
  • 17.12.2020, 6pm - 7:30pm - Session 2: Chapters 2 & 3, Feminist Data Manifest-No
  • 21.01.2021, 6pm - 7:30pm - Session 3: Chapters 4, 5 & 6
  • 25.02.2021, 6pm - 7:30pm - Session 4: Chapter 7 & Conclusion


Code of Coduct for this workshop.


We are also working on an open Zotero Group.

Happy reading!


Data Feminism Session 1
Fig.: Maricia Mende


Session 1 (November 19th 2020)

Introduction to Data Feminism with the Introduction, chapter 1 and the 7 Principles of the book Data Feminism.

We talked about the  Code of Coduct for this workshop. 





Fig.: Maricia Mende

Session 2 (December 17th 2020) 

Session 2 of the Data Feminism workshop on December 17th featured Prof. Patricia Garcia, Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Information. The title of Prof. Garcia’s talk was:

No: Critical Refusal as Feminist Data Practice

"Harmful data practices produce and perpetuate structural inequities that are compounded by the intersections of one’s identities. This talk mobilizes “critical refusal” as an organizing principle for examining interlocking struggles across data contexts and practices." Feminist Data Manifest-No




Data Feminism Session 1
Fig.: Maricia Mende

Session 3 (January 21rst 2021) 

Session 3 of the Data Feminism workshop on January 21rst featured Dr. Nicole Shephard. The title of Dr. Shephard's talk was:

Race in Germany: are we counting what counts?

"Data on race and ethnicity is difficult to come by in Germany, for good reasons. What does that do to anti-racism work? An interactive discussion around "colour blindness", proxies, and their side effects for feminist data practices."




Fig.: Maricia Mende

Session 4 (February 25th 2021) 

Session 4 of the Data Feminism workshop on February 25th featured Katrin Fritsch. The title of her talk was :

Gender and Technology: Perspectives and Pitfalls

"What's the relationship between gender and technology? Which promises are made on behalf of gender, and which particular issues occur? In this session, we'll look into the history of technology and gender, and will put a particular focus on the social construction of tech. By identifying narration and imagination as important tools to shape technology, we will then develop our own feminist futures of the technologies we want to see."