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Given that digital technologies have significantly reshaped the conditions for collective action in the past decade (Nordenson 2017, Tuzcu 2016; Mislán and Dache-Gerbino 2018), this conference wants to further explore and theorize how certain gendered, sexualized, racialized, and classed collectives and solidarities materialize or dissolve differentially via digital platforms (Tufekci 2015).

We want to critically examine the performative ways by which digital materiality is shaped through persistent tropes of machine neutrality and virtual immateriality in this field of practice and research, and invite papers that unsettle such assumptions (Eubanks 2018; Buolamwini 2018; Kinsley 2014). We recognize that the use of digital technologies is a key tool for connectivity and resistance across the globe. However, inspired by the ideas of de-growth in various justice movements (Muraca 2012; Mellor 2019), we ask how such connectivities can evolve into visions of future feminist and queer solidarities, particularly when the materiality of digital communication inflicts environmental damage and perpetuates green forms of colonialism.

Questions

In this conference, we aim to bridge critical conversations on feminist and queer solidarities with struggles around environmental justice and sustainability in the context of a digitalized world. We embark with a set of questions that aim to interrogate critically the materialities of digital technologies and new types of inequalities and social injustices that the digital world stimulates. We ask: How can we build solidarities that challenge green colonialism in a digital age? How can we think of de-growth from the perspective of feminist, indigenous and queer of colour critiques of dispossession, extraction and dislocation, and by drawing on historical theorizations of feminist and queer futures? Could de-growth be a platform from which to challenge the universalizing agendas of homonationalisms and global feminisms; can it be a response to the environmental and humanitarian crises of neoliberal capitalism? Who has the privilege to engage in or disengage from social networks? Who can and cannot withdraw from frequent travels in order to be environmentally friendly and sustainable? Who can afford human contacts and who, on the contrary, is deemed to (digital) isolation for either relying on or doing work for the depersonalized support of new technologies?

Areas of interest

Conference organizers are interested in reflective/diffractive approaches and theoretical and methodological explorations related to the themes of the conference. Of particular interest are the explorations of feminist and queer solidarities, connectivities, materialities, and mobilities from the framework of entangled presents and histories.

Format

This conference seeks to tackle these questions not only by theorizing solidarity in the era of digitalization but also suggesting new ways of academic exchanges through its format. Arranging this event in digital space, the organizers attempt to counter some of the environmentally detrimental consequences of neoliberal capitalism and incite awareness of the ways we can scale down and use less resources. Simultaneously, this conference seeks to challenge the techno-fix legacy of sustainability discourse by questioning the idea of the digital as the solution to climate crisis.

Possible topics

  • Social justice and sustainability in the era of green capitalism
  • Climate justice and translocal solidarities
  • Feminist and queer solidarities in a digitalized world
  • (Re-)thinking feminist and queer futures through the digital
  • Limits and possibilities of digital solidarity
  • Digital technologies and old and new types of inequalities
  • Conceptualizing degrowth: How can we create ground-up responses to climate crisis led by aggressive capitalism? How can we (re-)think degrowth from a feminist perspective?
  • Queering degrowth
  • Materialities, algorithmic (un)fairness and digital platforms
  • Historicizing the Anthropocene in the context of global capitalism and coloniality
  • Dispossession, extraction or dislocation in digital times
  • Critical approaches to digital solutionism
  • Global migration and diasporas in digital context
  • Digital technologies, connectivities and transnational communities