An Sasala (they/them) studies the attachment of embodied identities to sexed, sexualized, and sexy technologies. In particular, they use science and speculative fiction media to address the un/ethical design of sex toys, dolls, and droids. Their short films use transgender/non-binary identities, perspectives, and theory to challenge scientific and anatomical authorities. Additionally, An explores technological agency and autonomy, artificial intelligence, and materially non-human perspectives.
An is an MA student in Film + Media Studies and a PhD student in Women, Gender + Sexuality Studies. An joined the 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholars Program and will collaborate on the integration of digital humanities into trans*feminist pedagogy. An also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (KSTEP). An's article "Panic! Humanity's Cis-Heteronormative Fear of the Transgender Android" appears in Somatechnics 8(1), 2018. Their horror short film "Awakening (I Have a Mouth Yet I Cannot Scream)" will premier at the inaugural Haunted Humanities hosted by the Hall Center for the Humanities.
Transgender/non-binary identities, technological agency and autonomy, artificial intelligence, and trans*feminist pedagogy
"Panic! Humanity's Cis-Heteronormative Fear of the Transgender Android" appears inSomatechnics 8(1), 2018.