The work of solidarity and healing

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the ways in which we are hurt by the world, and about the ways in which we might heal from those hurts. We are hurt by the effects of racism, inequality, political disenfranchisement, sexism, rigid gender and sexual identities, the displacements of migration, ableism, and structures which often … Continue reading The work of solidarity and healing

AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

micha c├írdenas' plenary, Trans of colour poetics: imagining futures of survival, began with the room collaboratively playing redshift & portal. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking game, and I was a little surprised by how affecting the collective experience was ("What do you mean leave? NO! STAY AND HELP!"). c├írdenas used this as a way of exploring … Continue reading AoIR16: Day 1, part 1. Stitching Poetics and #BlackLivesMatter.

Theorizing the Web Day 2: here comes every body + h8 + lockscreen + algorithms + technologies and pathologies

The second day of Theorizing the Web was as intense as the first, and many of the presentations discussed potentially-distressing issues, including anti-fat prejudice, online harassment and abuse, police violence against people of colour, suicide, and transmisogyny. This post will only give a short overview of the presentations (and conversations) that happened. My notes from … Continue reading Theorizing the Web Day 2: here comes every body + h8 + lockscreen + algorithms + technologies and pathologies

Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 1: gender and moments of grunching

This was my first attendance at Social Media and Society Conference, and sadly I could only participate in the first day, being keen to get back to Montreal to help Claire prepare for the oncoming arrival of BabyClaire. Despite feeling a little anxiety that BabyClaire might decide to make an early appearance, I enjoyed the … Continue reading Social Media & Society 2014 wrap up, part 1: gender and moments of grunching

‘Big data’ and gender

There's been a significant push in Internet Studies over the last few years towards 'big data' studies, which aggregate huge volumes of information (such as tweets or website linking patterns) and subject them to analysis, often quantitative analysis. Much of this research provides valuable insights into how people are using the Internet and its impacts … Continue reading ‘Big data’ and gender