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CFP: Queer Intersections: Revisiting Online Media and Queer Sexualities (7/1/05; collection)
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Queer Intersections: Revisiting online media and queer sexualities
In the early to mid-1990s, the repercussions of queer theory were being engaged across academic feminism and lesbian and gay studies. At the same time, the internet was emerging as a key structuring device for academic networks, and as an important area of study. With the advent of the commercial web in 1994 the internet intersected with popular culture, and key questions of modernity - identity, community, governance, time and space - intersected with the web as it unfolded across multiple social domains. Whilst the mid-1990s wasn't the beginning of internet research, cybercultural studies, or queer, it was a period of sustained attention and excitement in relation to identity and the web. Since then, there has been intense collision and collaboration between queer theory and cyberculture, as the imagined ideal queer subject and the imagined ideal cybersubject came to occupy the same ground.
Moving on from and challenging this formulation, the book aims both to document queer internet practices and to limn their theoretical implications at the intersection of the fields of queer, technology, and communication studies. Drawing on interviews with central actors, analyses of internet activity, syntheses of critical debates, and both new and historical research, the collection will provide both an overview and an in depth analysis of these engagements.
We invite papers for consideration that complement either of the proposed sections of the book:
Section 1 will provide theoretical contextualisations, histories and political economies of queer/communication technology intersections.
Section 2 will showcase new and innovative work on queer sexuality and the internet that offers new insight, whilst also showing evidence of a rigorous connection to historical and theoretical context.
Suggested topics and themes include (but are not limited to):
· Sexual identities practices and communities
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