Category Archives: issue no. 5

Monstrous Agents: Cyberfeminist Media and Activism

Australia produced a number of influential new media artworks by feminist artists in the 1990s. This activity stemmed from a longer history of video art undertaken in the 1980s and complemented the material turn in feminism led by Australians such as Elizabeth Grosz, Susan Hawthorne, Zoe Sofoulis, and Dale Spender. This was itself inspired by … Continue reading Monstrous Agents: Cyberfeminist Media and Activism

RGB: You and Me (A Queer, Feminist Analysis of Emotion, Affect, and Materiality within Google Images)

Abstract: RGB: You and Me is a visual and textual project based on the intersections of representation, color, popular imagery, hegemony, affect, and the social, situated within Google Image searches and Wikipedia. Drawing upon the work of Luciana Parisi, Robin James, Jamie “Skye” Bianco, and Charles W. Mills, I will argue that these colors and … Continue reading RGB: You and Me (A Queer, Feminist Analysis of Emotion, Affect, and Materiality within Google Images)

Speculative Praxis Towards a Queer Feminist Digital Archive: A Collaborative Research-Creation Project

Abstract: This essay, written as a collaborative process document, chronicles some of the challenges of creating digital spaces that can house and encourage trans- feminist and queer affective and cultural archives. Here, we imagine a digital archive that will animate the artistic, cultural, social, political, sexual, knowledge and subject experiments and possibilities opened up, and … Continue reading Speculative Praxis Towards a Queer Feminist Digital Archive: A Collaborative Research-Creation Project

How to ‘Do’ Feminist Theory Through Digital Video: Embodying Praxis in the Undergraduate Feminist Theory Classroom

Abstract In this paper, I describe and analyse a creative service learning assignment that I developed for my third year feminist theory class, titled ‘Doing Feminist Theory Through Digital Video’ (DFT-DV). I argue that the assignment’s integration of creative approaches to learning (digital video) and service learning (placements with organizations) fosters deep, embodied learning through … Continue reading How to ‘Do’ Feminist Theory Through Digital Video: Embodying Praxis in the Undergraduate Feminist Theory Classroom

Make, Share, Care: Social Media and LGBTQ Youth Engagement

Social media is potentially a very useful tool for grassroots organisations that concern themselves with political action for social justice and/or the provision of community facing support services, such as LGBTQ charities and community groups. Social networking sites in particular offer the possibility of communicating with multiple constituencies and can be used to publicize services, … Continue reading Make, Share, Care: Social Media and LGBTQ Youth Engagement

Hashtag Feminism, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, and the Other #FemFuture

Hashtag feminism makes visible what was never truly invisible, but what people refuse to see. – Sarah Kendzior, Blame it on the Internet Perhaps a feminism that has not responded to the needs of its constituents needs to die. – Rebecca Walker, Feminist infighting On August 12th, 2013, the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended worldwide. In four … Continue reading Hashtag Feminism, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, and the Other #FemFuture

Reconstructing Gendered Narratives Online: Nudity for Popularity on Digital Platforms

The focus of this paper is on how young female internet users in Africa, with emphasis on Kenya, are constructing their own gendered narratives online. The emphasis is on how they are appropriating social media by posting controversial and often nude pictures of themselves online, a major shift in the production and consumption of such … Continue reading Reconstructing Gendered Narratives Online: Nudity for Popularity on Digital Platforms

Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) Histories

Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) Histories is an experiment in building a multi-modal digital project in Scalar, an “open source, media-rich scholarly publishing platform.”  The project (available here) revolves around a key question for historians of feminist activism – where are the stories of the thousands of grassroots activists who participated in women’s liberation?  Using a range of … Continue reading Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) Histories

“Weird” Sex: Identity, Censorship, and China’s Women Sex Bloggers

From American Idol style talent competitions to Chinese Vogue, the recent influx of digital culture in urban China has irrevocably changed the country’s social landscape. By 2000, Chinese urbanites could watch state-censored western television through online pirating, and Sex and the City became one of the most popular shows in the country signifying a growing … Continue reading “Weird” Sex: Identity, Censorship, and China’s Women Sex Bloggers

The Encyclopedia Must Fail! – Notes on Queering Wikipedia

This essay draws on experiences of Wikipedia editing in the context of projects aiming to make Wikipedia more diverse and globally relevant. It offers reflections on some of the tensions, struggles, and solutions to make an intervention into contemporary knowledge making practices. In 2010, on the occasion of Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary, the Institute of Network … Continue reading The Encyclopedia Must Fail! – Notes on Queering Wikipedia

Revising ‘Re-vision’: Documenting 1970s Feminisms and the Queer Potentiality of Digital Feminist Archives

Re-vision—the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction—is for us more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival. Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves. And this drive to self-knowledge, … Continue reading Revising ‘Re-vision’: Documenting 1970s Feminisms and the Queer Potentiality of Digital Feminist Archives