Full Professor City University of New York

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wissinger (City University of New York), is a Professor of Sociology and Fashion Studies. Her numerous peer reviewed articles and books have been published in the U.S. and Europe. An avid researcher, Wissinger explores how wearable tech and biological design will affect and shape social and technical life. Her investigations seek to push design practices for fashion, bodies, and technology toward creating better, more equitable futures.

The Talk

Can fashionable bio-design & fabrication help us create better wearable tech?

How and why does fashion shape technologies we put onto our bodies? How can we address problematic assumptions about gender and fashion within the field of technological development? Wissinger discusses how developments in bio-design and bio-fabrication might move beyond merely resourcing the body as a data stream for corporate profit, and move away from ecologically dangerous materials, toward producing wearable technology that can achieve more equitable and socially just ends.

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