Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

14-05 Lesbian Digital Archives: Virtually Curating and Creating Queer Desire and Community

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)

2:15 pm
Cyborg Lesbians: The Algorithm’s Role in Lesbian Personal Narratives
Molly McBride (University of Oregon)

2:30 pm
Happiness Is A Warm Butch: Butch Iconography in Online Spaces
Caitlin Rimmer ()

2:45 pm
Tumblr Ephemera: Feeling Backwards towards Digital Pasts
Mary Byrne (The Ohio State University)

3:00 pm
Lesbian Memes and the Curation of Queer Desire
Emma Carey Cobb (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.