QIS2 is the second Queer Internet Studies Symposium, a day long series of conversations, brainstorming sessions, panels, and chats dedicated to broaden thinking about the internet. Organized by Jessa Lingel and Jack Gieseking in association with the Upenn Alice Paul Center care of Anne Esacove, QIS2 is a space to think about and act on the intersections of technology and media, sexuality and queering, gender and feminism. Rather than a formal conference of people presenting their research, QIS is intended (1) to identify what a queer internet might look like (2) to give a sense of research that’s being done in this area, and (3) to collaborate on artistic, activist and academic projects. The final schedule is still being determined, but we will have a mix of sharing research, making art, and developing an interdisciplinary conversation of what Queer Internet Studies might mean for research, policy, and activist agendas.

In 2014, Jack Gieseking and Jessa Lingel organized a day-long workshop called Queer Internet Studies, which was a really productive and fun day of thinking about digital technologies, gender and sexuality.  We (Jack, Jessa, and Anne Esacove) are very excited to co-host a new round of QIS2 on Friday, February 17th at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Penn. We’ve lined up a fantastic group of researchers, artists and writers who can speak to different elements of queerness, media and technology, including a roster of incredible participants all listed here.

Attendance is free and open to the public. We only ask that you come with an open mind and an eagerness to learn, share, and collaborate. Click here to sign up to attend.

Please reach out if you have questions, we hope to see you there! Jessa, Jack, & Anne

This event is co-organized with the UPenn Alice Paul Center and sponsored by the UPenn Annenberg School for Communication, the School for Social Policy and Practice, the Price Lab, the LGBT Center, the History of Art Department and the Gender and Sexuality Reading Group in the English Department. We’re very grateful for their support!

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