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In Search of Digital Feminisms

Avant le 15 octobre - Media-N Journal

Date de mise en ligne : [18-10-2011]

Mots-clés : féminisme

Media-N Journal, 2012 Spring Edition

Guest Edited by Katherine Behar and Silvia Ruzanka

Description :

Feminism has been variously entangled with New Media art throughout its development over the past half century. Since its beginnings, the relationship has been a complicated one. Operating within the male-oriented field of technology, new media art is often complicit with the agenda of technoculture. Yet this position also provides an ideal arena for feminist critique and new tools for resistance and empowerment. Today, the newest new media technologies are instantly mainstream, and global hegemonies have adopted the distributed characteristics that once epitomized networked radicalism. Feminism has fallen from vogue in contemporary art, and all but disappeared from new media art and its discourses. In this context, how have the goals and challenges for digital feminisms evolved ? Is the term still relevant ? Is there a need for a specifically feminist approach in contemporary new media ?

The editors welcome submissions that address digital feminisms from any period, whether historical or contemporary. Submissions may take the form of historical survey essays ; case studies of artists, artworks, or collectives ; interviews ; critical discussions of exhibitions or artworks ; manifestos, or performance scripts.

Possible subjects include :

. Feminist content in new media art.
. Feminist uses of new media technology.
. Feminist responses to new media culture.
. Curatorial perspectives on feminism in new media.
. Art historical responses to feminism and new media

This issue of Media-N extends a moderated open dialogue about the current state of new media art and feminism, which took place in New York as part of New Media Caucus’ offsite panels and activities held concurrently with the CAA 2011 conference. What emerged from this conversation was a digital feminism that is not a single entity but a multiplicity. Responses from the discussion included an ambivalence to the use of the term ‘feminism ;’ a commitment to feminist issues as something pervasive rather than distinct ; a desire to reclaim and redefine the term feminism ; a pragmatic motivation to take advantage of the empowering possibilities of new technologies ; and a restaging of feminist discourse in emerging media such as games.

Timeline :

. October 15, 2011 : Deadline for reception of abstracts/proposals.

. Nov 7, 2011 : Notification of acceptance.

. December 15, 2011 : Deadline for reception of final papers/artworks.


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