Eastern Sociological Society
February 22-25, 2018 Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
“Queer Theory and the Digital Ephemeral”
Theorizing the Web
April 7-8, 2017 Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY
“Queer Temporality and the Performance of Risk”
Queer Circuits in Archival Times: Experimentation and Critique of Networked Data
May 20-21, 2016 New York, NY
“Gheez this is Uncomfortable: Performing the Impotence of Masculinity”
With T Clutch Fleischmann
Starting in 2015, the presenters have run a collaborative twitter project that aggregates online user reviews of the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, also prescribed for pulmonary arterial hypertension. “The Cialis Review” reveals the contours, textures, and inconsistencies of diverse masculinities as they turn to online forums to form communities, share compassion, perform virility, and generate information.
“Queer capitalism and digital sociality”
Building on work that looks to understand the long history of selective minoritarian incorporation into logics of capital accumulation and state violence, this paper will look at proprietary social media as having queerly digitized and monetized sociality, contributing to the undermining of queer critique and the upending of queer life. Departing from notions of “social media” that put these digital platforms in stark opposition to queerness, I’ll highlight how networks like Facebook have built a variety of queer notions of relationality into the core of their product. While capitalism’s metabolism for queer difference predates the social internet, it has only proliferated in the digital age, where value accumulates in the thin slices of nimbly rearranged “communities.” By both defining and operationalizing community in the digital age, social media has made queer sociality affectively experienced as labor, even if cognitively we understand our activities as recreational and voluntary.