I’ve got a new article out in the AoIR 2017 special issue of Information, Communication & Society.
My article, #IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: stories of sexual violence as everyday political speech on Facebook, focuses on how affective networked publics on Facebook can support feminist activism through the medium of narratives about bodies and gendered power dynamics (if you’d like a free eprint, use this link – I’ll also upload an Accepted draft version to this website soon).
The special issue, titled Networked (in)justice and edited by Alison Harvey and Koen Leurs, features some of research presented at the AoIR 2017 Networked Publics conference in Tartu, Estonia. As the editors say,
This special issue is pleased to share the emphasis on the diverging and contradictory consequences of the formation of networked publics. We have chosen to focus in particular on studies of publics that scrutinize how they may exacerbate injustices or work towards social justice.
We propose a focus on networked (in)justice drawing attention to:
How mainstream scholarly conceptualizations of publics and platforms prioritize some networked publics and marginalize others
How networked publics are shaped as an assemblage of hardware, design, algorithms, discourse, bodies, collectives, and affect
How networked publics reflect and shape intersecting power relations of geography, gender, race, and sexuality, among others
How networked publics are distinctively local, but simultaneously shaped by transnational and global dynamics.
The special issue in its entirety is available here.