CFP for Special Issue

Queer Internet Studies (QIS) Symposium

Special Issue Proposal for First Monday


Jack Gieseking, American Studies Program, Trinity College (Hartford, CT, USA)

Jessa Lingel, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Daniel G. Cockayne, Department of Geography and Envionmental Management, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada)

On February 17th 2017, the second Queer Internet Studies (QIS) symposium was held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The goal of the symposium was to broaden our thinking about the internet and those who use it as a space and people in flux. In particular, at the symposium, we are interested in invoking intersectional conversations to broaden and bring attention to the intersections between technology and sexuality, media and queering, and gender, feminism, and the digital.

We invite participants and attendees of the QIS symposium to submit short papers or creative pieces for a special issue of First Monday. Short papers or creative pieces can be centered around a topic of the author’s or authors’ choosing. We especially encourage topics that relate to the broad and various discussions that occurred during the symposium. We will accept a small selection of papers to include along with the transcript of the panel presentation, keynote dialogue, workshop, and symposium introduction.

Topics around which to form short papers or creative pieces could pertain to (though should not be limited to) the following questions:

  • How can Queer Internet Studies broaden the already radical commitments found with critical internet studies, code studies, digital humanities, and computational studies?
  • How can we form a Queer Internet Studies with research, policy and/or activist agendas in mind?
  • How might a Queer Internet Studies complicate or ossify the existing politics of (in)visibility particular to queer bodies, spaces, and theories?
  • How does close attention to digital spaces and the internet in Queer Internet Studies contribute to existing debates within queer theory pertaining to ambivalence and anti-normativity.

Short papers should be 3,000 to 4,000 words. Creative pieces should be a maximum of eight images or short videos, and 3,000 words. Refer to First Monday citation format page for more information.

We would like to first receive a short statement of intent to estimate interest by Friday May 26th. Those interested should then submit abstracts (250 words) on or before Friday June 9th, and final short papers and creative pieces to be submitted to us for peer review are due July 28th. Submissions are due to Jack (, Jessa (, and Daniel (