Issue #5

Introduction: Queer Feminist Media Praxis

  • Aristea Fotopoulou
  • Kate O'Riordan

This special issue of Ada emerged from several collaborations. It came together from existing networks and led to the making of new ones. Its genesis starts with the workshop Queer Feminist and Social Media Praxis, organised by the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, in May 2013. Aristea Fotopoulou was invited … Continue reading Introduction: Queer Feminist Media Praxis

Monstrous Agents: Cyberfeminist Media and Activism

  • Tully Barnett

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)

  • Megan Bigelow

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

  • Dayna McLeod
  • Jasmine Rault
  • T.L. Cowan

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

An Introduction to The Affect Machine

  • Karin Hansson

The Affect Machine is a project that explores what a commodification of social relations would entail, by creating scenarios where a trading company is merged with an online social network. It will do this through the detailed design of different parts of the “system”, from the interface design to family law, to social relations. This … Continue reading An Introduction to The Affect Machine

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

  • Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst

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

  • Olu Jenzen
  • Irmi Karl

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

  • Susana Loza

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

  • Lusike Lynete Mukhongo

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

Love in the Time of Racism

  • Darnell Moore
  • Monica J. Casper

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.–Dorothy Day Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless.–Audre Lorde There can be no love without justice.–bell hooks We offer … Continue reading Love in the Time of Racism

Unghosting Apparitional (Lesbian) Histories

  • Michelle Moravec

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

  • Lindsey O'Connor

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

  • Noopur Raval

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

  • Roxanne Samer

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

Steampunk Practices: Time, Tactility, and a Racial Politics of Touch

  • Jenny Sundén

Sara met me at the train station. Dressed in black, well-tailored clothing inspired by the turn of the last century. At the house in the Swedish countryside, I got a quick tour. Upstairs a sewing room with mannequins and big closets, a four-poster bed with parts of the latest LARP (live action role-playing) project all … Continue reading Steampunk Practices: Time, Tactility, and a Racial Politics of Touch

iEarth

  • Joanna Zylinska

iEarth offers a vision of natural spaces that are at the same time (wo)man-made while also bearing an imprint of a technological tool. Manufactured from a children’s diorama kit, these ‘unnatural landscapes’ dazzle with colour and lushness, displaying the kind of greenery that is more associated with media representations of nature than with ‘nature itself.’ … Continue reading iEarth

Conclusion: It’s Our Collective, Principled Making that Matters Most: Queer Feminist Media Praxis @Ada

  • Alexandra Juhasz

In the early 2000s, I began earnestly working on a book proposal for a collection of selected reprints of media theory that conformed to a strict set of guidelines; it was to be the first reader of theoretical essays written by film and media makers who wrote critically about their own practice of art production … Continue reading Conclusion: It’s Our Collective, Principled Making that Matters Most: Queer Feminist Media Praxis @Ada

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