Issue #1

Introduction: Conversations Across the Field

  • Carol Stabile
  • Kim Sawchuk

On a warm October day, nearly three years ago, a group of feminists at the University of Oregon got together to talk about shared research interests in gender, new media, and technology. We kvetched, as academics are wont to do, about publishing, about how so much of our work was locked away in journals and … Continue reading Introduction: Conversations Across the Field

A Discrepant Conjuncture: Feminist Theorizing Across Media Cultures

  • Krista Lynes

A scene in Sandra Schäfer and Elfe Brandenburg’s Passing the Rainbow (2008) exposes a compelling predicament in transnational feminist media studies: the search for connections, comparisons or adjacencies between feminist media objects in disparate locations around the globe. Schäfer and Brandenburger’s experimental documentary and art project reflects on and theorizes the media landscape of post-Taliban … Continue reading A Discrepant Conjuncture: Feminist Theorizing Across Media Cultures

Notes Towards a Feminist Futurist Manifesto

  • Sarah Kember

As I start to write this brief contribution to the launch of Ada – an exciting initiative not only in feminist publishing but also in the wider questions it raises about the relation between politics and technology now – it is not clear to me whether, or to what extent, “we” need another feminist manifesto, … Continue reading Notes Towards a Feminist Futurist Manifesto

Confronting Toxic Gamer Culture: A Challenge for Feminist Game Studies Scholars

  • Mia Consalvo

With increasing frequency the ugliness of gamer culture is being put on display for the wider world to see. While I was writing this piece, for example, a Canadian blogger created a game where one can punch and bruise the face of Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular website Feminist Frequency: Conversations with Pop Culture … Continue reading Confronting Toxic Gamer Culture: A Challenge for Feminist Game Studies Scholars

Queer Female of Color: The Highest Difficulty Setting There Is? Gaming Rhetoric as Gender Capital

  • Lisa Nakamura

On May 15, 2012 popular science fiction writer John Scalzi published a post to his blog Whatever entitled Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting That There Is.” I learned about Scalzi as did many non-fans, through John Schwartz’s admiring New York Times piece published July 6, 2012, which cited two influential and eloquent blog … Continue reading Queer Female of Color: The Highest Difficulty Setting There Is? Gaming Rhetoric as Gender Capital

An Idea Whose Time is Here: FemTechNet – A Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC)

  • Alexandra Juhasz
  • Anne Balsamo

In the following, Alex Juhasz and Anne Balsamo discuss FemTechNet, the network they have activated to produce the first distributed online collaborative course (DOCC) that demonstrates not only innovative thinking about emergent technologies, but also addresses — as its central topic — the long histories of feminist engagements with technology and cultural innovation. Together, they … Continue reading An Idea Whose Time is Here: FemTechNet – A Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC)

Through the Darkness: Musings on New Media

  • Vicki Mayer

I spent five days without electricity this fall. It wasn’t totally unexpected either. Hurricane Isaac was lumbering into the Gulf at the pace of a drunken tourist. I dutifully prepared as I always do when it looks like we’re in for a tropical visitor. I bought the batteries and candles, canned goods, water and ice. … Continue reading Through the Darkness: Musings on New Media

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology
ISSN 2325-0496