CFP: When Body Politics “Go Viral”: Examining Continuous and Changing Body Politics in New Media Spaces
I’m putting together a panel for the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2013. See below for my CFP and please send to anyone you think may be interested in applying.
When Body Politics “Go Viral”: Examining Continuous and Changing Body Politics in New Media Spaces
This panel addresses the intersection of contemporary body politics and new media technologies, aiming to interrogate how a diversity of body politics are being enacted, negotiated, challenged, reframed, and reasserted within new media culture. In particular, we are seeking papers that grapple with the ways in which body politics are “going viral” via their digital circulation, producing “scattered hegemonies” throughout transnational new media spaces (Grewal and Kaplan, 1994). Finally, this panel will attempt to locate contemporary body politics within the cultural discourses of postfeminism and neoliberalism, interrogating the tensions between visibility/invisibility, production/consumption, public/private, freedom/discipline, and desire/repulsion.
Papers may address one or several of the following questions:
Which body politics have recently “gone viral” and why? (Case studies of particular images are especially welcome)
What types of feminist activism around body politics are being mobilized via new media technologies?
Whose bodies are “at risk” in new media spaces? Whose bodies are rendered invisible?
What does the visibility of certain bodies suggest about our political moment?
How are “old” body politics being reasserted in “new” ways online?
To be considered for this panel please submit a 75-100 word abstract, paper title, and short bio to:
Dept. of Radio-TV-Film
University of Texas at Austin
Abstracts must be received by Thursday, Feb.14, 2013. Successful abstracts will be notified on Feb.16, 2013.