Call for papers: (Im)personal desires: pornography, sexuality and social networks of desire

In the last decade discourses such as celebrity culture, reality TV, social networking and transnational media have shifted the emphasis of online pornography away from a private and clandestine domain towards a self-authenticating and transformative embodiment of self-expression. This special edition of Networking Knowledge aims to address how and why the rhetoric’s and representations of these sexual identities online are now positioned as a central index and catalyst of both straight and gay desires.

Papers of between 6,000 and 8,000 words are invited from postgraduate students and early career researchers across the humanities and social sciences on identity, sexuality and transgression in gay / straight pornography and sexually explicit representations via online networks of communication. The special issue seeks articles from postgraduate students and early career researchers which critically address how and why bodies, desires and identities online subvert, transgress and de-personalise other forms of sexual representation, and perhaps more pertinently self-representation through processes of assimilation, subversion and self-reflexivity. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

•       The politics of sexually explicit representations online
•       Rhetorical and/or discursive associated with sexual meanings and practices online
•       The ‘inter-textual’ nature of social and sexual networks and their relationship to other forms of media representation
•       The social and/or sexual use of networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Grindr, gaydar, gaydargirls etc.
•       Sexual identities as either marginalised and/or commodified online
•       The relationship between production-based and amateur pornography online
•       Sexual identities and identity construction online / through social and sexual networks of communication
•       Online sexual desire and its representation through post-modern, post-queer and/or post-capitalist frameworks of meaning.
•       ‘Personal’ and ‘Impersonal’ modes of communication such as homepages, profiles, blogs, live-cams and/or any other media and their relationship to sexual identity and desire
•       Performativity, Embodiment and ‘Othering’ in online social and sexual spaces and networks
•       Subjugation and Subversion in online sexual representation
•       The relationship between celebrity, reality and sexuality online

Please send proposals of approximately 250 words and a short biography to G.Longstaff@newcastle.ac.uk by October 19st 2012.

Posted on September 25, 2012, in Announcements. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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