How womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to celebrate being queer

Samukelisiwe Mabaso, an « unapologetic (South) African feminist », shares her thoughts on how a few womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to celebrate being queer.

« Although there has been a global progression towards decriminalising people based on their sexuality – why it was criminalised in the first place is beyond me (a conversation for another day) – more work needs to be done in Africa and Southern Asia. Expressing your sexuality in an environment where you could face legal punishment or even death is brave beyond measure. »

Read her column here.

Source : Feminist Talk, a section of GenderIT’s website – feminist reflection on internet policies.

Call for papers: Visualizing Protest: Transnational Approaches to the Aesthetics of Dissent

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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→ For the full CFP, see : http://fembotcollective.org/blog/2017/09/08/call-papers-visualizing-protest-transnational-approaches-aesthetics-dissent/

→ Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology : http://adanewmedia.org/