Co-organized by Jessa Lingel, JackGieseking, and Anne Esacove, #QIS2 is the second Queer Internet StudiesSymposium, a space to share research, make art, organize activisms, and developan interdisciplinary conversation of what Queer Internet Studies might looklike and mean for research, policy, and activist agendas.
The Storify of #QIS2 tweets is below. Thanks so much to all of our speakers, panelists, and attendees who recorded #QIS2 ideas for the public!
Co-organized by Jessa Lingel, Jack Gieseking, the UPenn Alice Paul Center, and Anne Esacove, #QIS2 is the second Queer Internet Studies Symposium, a space to share research, make art, organize activisms, and develop an interdisciplinary conversation of what Queer Internet Studies might look like and mean for research, policy, and activist agendas.
We are grateful to our speakers, panelists, and attendees for what was truly an exciting and important conversation on what Queer Internet Studies is and might be. We are especially grateful to our sponsors who provided with a space, food, tech, and resources to make today’s event possible: UPenn’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, UPenn Annenberg’s School for Communication, School of Social Policy and Practice, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Price Lab, LGBT Center, Women’s Center and Departments of English and History of Art, and the American Studies Program at Trinity College.
Since I, Jack, am writing this, I get to thank my co-organizers, Jessa and Anne, once more. You’re just fantastic. It’s an honor to work with you–and to keep working with you!
We are gearing up for Queer Internet Studies next Friday, thanks to all of you who have been in touch about attending and participating. We wanted to reach out with a specific message about calls for general strike on Friday, February 17th, which is the day of QIS.
After a lot of discussion between us, we have decided to hold the event. We are deeply supportive of the call for a strike, and should you wish to not attend in alignment with your politics, please know we stand by you! If you’re no longer able to attend QIS – for whatever reason – please let us know.
Here are a few reasons we’ve decided to continue with the event and some notes to changes that we’ve made accordingly:
The purpose of QIS2 is provide a space for and welcome scholars, activists, and artists who work against heteronormative, racist, capitalist, sexist, colonialist, and ableist norms and structures in their work on the internet. Given that the aim of our gathering supports the aims of the strike, we see value in gathering together to talk about our work and plan future collaborations.
We are reaching out to the ICA Museum, our grad students, and those who we will procure food from in an effort to ensure that all strikers are supported in their politics.
To that end, we may turn to more of you to tweet and blog about the day’s events to support our work there
We look forward to seeing those of you who can attend, to learn from each other, and to find ways to support the kinds of research, activism and art that is clearly going to be needed now more than ever. We look forward to seeing and getting to know all of you now or in the future in the work towards justice.
Welcome breakfast: 9 to 9:30am
Introductions (Jack + Jessa): 9:30 to 9:45am
Discussion groups (all participants/attendees): 9:45 to 10:30am
Panel: Queer Digital Media Resources and Research (Shaw, Fischer, Thakor, Haimson, Rios): 10:30am to 12pm
Lunch: 12 to 1pm
Maker session: Internet of Bodies/Internet of Bawdies (Cowan leading all participants/attendees): 1-2pm
Keynote dialogue (McGlotten / Sender): 2:15 to 3:45pm
Closing collaborative discussion (all participants/attendees): 3:45 to 5pm
Further conversation / dinner & protest off-site: 5pm+