Call for papers: Visualizing Protest: Transnational Approaches to the Aesthetics of Dissent
Issue 14, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology
Special Issue Editors: Dr. Veronika Novoselova, Dr. Ela Przybylo, and Dr. Sara Rodrigues
Deadline for submissions: January 12, 2018.
In this issue, we invite contributors to engage with how protest is visualized, that is, rendered visual in the form of iconography and through social media, and imagined as a utopian project of feminist, queer, and anti-racist worldmaking. Inviting scholarship and creative engagements from the overlapping perspectives of feminist media studies, transnational feminist theory, critical race studies, visual studies, and postcolonial digital humanities, this special issue examines the aesthetics of feminist protests in terms of their networked circulations—as well as their affective bonds and material contexts. Exploring the emerging modes of visibility, networked solidarity, and collaborative knowledge production, “Visualizing Protest” seeks to examine the relationships between the aesthetics of feminist transnational protest and digital revolt in a dynamic, polymedia context characterized by amateur remixing, instantaneous sharing, immaterial labour, corporate ownership of digital platforms, and institutionalized state surveillance of social media.
This issue will look at the function of feminist symbols and signs in protests, and their importance for feminist transnational mobilizing. We are interested in explorations of key on- and offline fabrics of protest, including: intersectional and anti-racist signs and slogans; text-based art; pussy symbology, clothing, and protest gear; mobile apps for feminist activism; protest recruiting posters, memes, and tweets; emojis and Snapchat and Instagram filters; and craft activisms.
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