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Digital LGBTQ Activism: A Global Perspective (NA)

Organization: University of Nevada, Reno
Event: NA
Categories: Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-11-30 to 2020-11-30 Abstract Due: 2020-11-30 Submit Abstract

Digital LGBTQ Activism: A Global Perspective


Call for chapter proposals

Proposals for chapters (300 words) must be sent to paromita.pain@gmail.com by Nov 30, 2020, for consideration.


In the process of opening new spaces for discussions of queer sexuality, the internet and digital technologies have facilitated, a process of connectivity that have created important nodes of identification, belonging, and support (Pullen, & Cooper, 2010). These spaces, in different parts of the world, symbolically, have evolved to become collective sites of resistance to sources of oppressive power, encouraging the active exchange of queer ideologies across distant spaces and facilitating the formation of ‘queer counterpublics’ (Soriano, 2014). 

The interconnectivity made possible by internet technologies enables the swift exchange of queer ideologies and networks across ways of life in distant spaces, where queer individuals ‘get to experience something of a queer community’ and obtain advice and information about a variety of queer issues (Fraser, 2010). As early as 2010, researchers Earl, Kimport, Prieto, Rush, & Reynoso (2010) found that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender (LGBTQ) movement, for instance, almost exclusively used online protest actions. Boyd & Marwick (2011) have explicated SNSs as networked publics, where an imagined collective emerges “as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice ... .... for social, cultural and civic purposes, and they help people connect with a world beyond their close friends and family. (p. 39).   

There is little doubt that sexual minorities can use online media to strategically contextualize their struggle as part of a transnational LGBTQ rights campaign that reverberates across national borders (Soriano, 2014).  Scholars have argued that the Internet can offer safe spaces particularly for people of counter-normative sexualities to construct an identity, forge connections and articulate voices otherwise subjugated in some offline spaces (Taylor, Falconer, & Snowdon, 2014).  But cyberbullying is a documented phenomenon on popular social media sites accessed regularly by LGBTQ youth. Many LGBTQ youth have been harassed and become cybervictims, leading some to take their own lives (Norton, 2016).

Lesbian and gay activism may now circle the globe, but it is vastly understudied (Brown, 2009). Research on intersex and bisexuality issues are persistently scarce. While intersex rights are new on the agenda (Ammaturo, 2016; Von Wahl, 2017), bisexual politics are still under-studied (Monro et al, 2017).  Also, much of LGBTQ studies have been characterized by a predominance of US and Western perspectives (Ammaturo, 2016; Von Wahl, 2017). Though this lacuna has been addressed, to an extent, few inquiries throw the spotlight on how LGBTQ populations use new media technology, as a means of education and empowerment in the developing world and countries where LGBTQ rights are still a matter of great contention.

Emphasizing a deeply intersectional lens to the study of queer and transgender issues, digital media and technologies and centered on efforts that delve into topics such as race, disability, and colonialism as co-assembled with gender and sexuality, this edited collection examines how national and transnational LGBTQ education and activism has been impacted and transformed, both positively and otherwise, with the rise and proliferation of digital platforms. Bringing together studies and contributors from different countries, the collection adopts a critical and cultural studies perspective and is organized around themes and perspectives central to the different social  and LGBTQ issues around technology and related platforms, exploring central debates about the diverse relationships between both media and protest, and communication and social change. This edition welcomes work that seeks to understand digital media and digital cultures created, for, about or by queer and transgender people, activists educators and artists who work with or research ways to use digital means and measures to combat different forms of oppression, whether digital or otherwise.    


This collection is particularly interested in examining and learning more about:

How are social media and digital technologies used in the sphere of LGBT activism, education and empowerment.

Digital media objects and online spaces as key sites for understanding identity and power, both in the present technological moment and across the history of computing.

Social Media and digital cultures that are created or come about for, or by queer and transgender people who experience or have experienced different types of oppression on digital and offline scenarios

Cyberqueer spaces constituted as points of resistance against the dominant assumption of heteronormativity (Soriano, 2014).    


How are LGBTQ issues framed on social media and what do we learn from that framing?


Activists and their use social media to educate and mobilize audiences.


The potential of social media and how can this be further extended for LBGT activism.


LGBTQ Youth Activism and the transformative capability of digital platforms


Proposals for chapters (300 words) must be sent to paromita.pain@gmail.com by Nov 30, 2020, for consideration.





Dr. Paromita Pain