CFP: Ada, Issue 4, Queer, Feminist Digital Media Praxis

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at
Wed Jul 10 09:03:36 UTC 2013

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Call for papers
Queer, feminist digital media praxis
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology |
Issue 3, May 2014

Editors: Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex), Alex Juhasz
(Pitzer College), Kate O'Riordan (University of Sussex/ University of
California, Santa Cruz)

We invite contributions to a peer-reviewed special issue that brings
together artistic, theoretical, critical and empirical responses to a
range of questions around mediation, technology and gender equality.
In particular we are interested in exploring what the concept of
praxis could offer in our thinking about the intersections of gender,
digital media, and technology.

Praxis in both Marxist and in Arendtian political thought brings
together theory, philosophy and political action into the realm of the
everyday. Inspired from this premise, and continuing the conversations
that started during the workshop Queer, feminist social media praxis
at the University of Sussex in May 2013
(, we focus here on the conditions for a
feminist digital media praxis. Media praxis, in other words the
“making and theorising of media towards stated projects of world and
self-changing” (, could be a vital component of
feminist and/or queer political action. We are interested in the
different modes of political action for social justice, enabled by
digital technologies and social media, including theory, art, activism
or pedagogy. What kinds of possibilities or impossibilities do these
technologies and platforms offer for interpreting and intervening in
the world?

The fourth issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology
seeks submissions that explore the concept of feminist, queer, digital
media praxis. We welcome unpublished work from scholars of any
discipline and background, including collaborative, non-traditional,
or multimodal approaches that can especially benefit from the
journal’s open access online status.
Topics and approaches might include, but are not limited to:

Affect, desire and disgust
Diffractive readings
Digital storytelling
Herstories, archiving and remembering
Feminist pedagogy
New media bodies
Imaginaries, futures and technological utopias
Radical art practices
Science, technology and social justice

We invite submissions for individual papers on any of the above themes
or related themes. Contributions in formats other than the traditional
essay are encouraged; please contact the editor to discuss
specifications and/or multimodal contributions.

All submissions should be sent by 15th August, to
a.fotopoulou at They should be accompanied by the following
information in the email message with your submission attachment:

Name(s), affiliation(s), email address(es) of the person(s) submitting.
Title of the text
Abstract of 400-600 words

Please note that Ada uses a two-level review process that is open to
members of the Fembot Collective. For more information about our
review policy, see these guidelines:

Important dates:

- Deadline for abstracts: 15th August 2013
- Notification of accepted papers: 1st September 2013
- Deadline for full essays: 5th December 2013
- Expected publication date: May 2014

About Ada:

Ada is an online, open access, open source, peer-reviewed journal run
on a nonprofit basis by feminist media scholars from Canada, the UK,
and the US. The journal’s first issue was published online in November
2012 and has so far received more than 75,000 page views. Ada operates
a review process that combines the feminist mentorship of fan
communities with the rigor of peer review. Read more at We do not — and
will never — charge fees for publishing your materials, and we will
share those materials using a Creative Commons License.
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