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Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm
session will be recorded and available for later viewing online
Sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Section
Chair: Emma Carey Cobb (The Ohio State University)
Cyborg Lesbians: The Algorithm’s Role in Lesbian Personal Narratives
Molly McBride (University of Oregon)
Tumblr Ephemera: Feeling Backwards towards Digital Pasts
Mary Byrne (The Ohio State University)
This panel explores how Lesbian and Queer people create and find community in digital environments, and how those digital environments shape queer communities. Though the utopia of online spaces has long been dreamed of, the papers in these panels center the material and technological surround to explore how large companies, and thus capitalism, constitute the “electronic hybridity” of queer communities. We hope to illuminate not only how queer people are able to create subversive communities, but how the study of the internet as a gendered, raced, classed, and sexualized place can expand the theoretical work of folklore on the internet.