Day 1, September 30

Welcome and opening speech
Conference organizers:
Selin Çağatay
Mia Liinason
Lena Martinsson
Olga Sasunkevich

Chair: Selin Çağatay


Session 1: Digital interactions and solidarity movements in an algorithmic age 

Enhancing solidarity in Georgian Queer Movement: Building Connections and Supporting the Community during COVID-19 Crisis
– Aia Beraia, doctoral candidate, Ilia State University (Georgia) and Munster University (Germany)

Changing Patterns of Re-Cognition
– Waltraud Ernst, senior researcher, Johannes Kepler University (Austria)

Solidarity in the video game community: The case of Blizzard-Hong Kong
– Nadia Ruiz Bravo, doctoral candidate, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Enhancing Feminist Solidarity in the Digital World: the Role of Gender in Tech Education
– Anna Szlavi, PhD and teacher, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)

Discussant: Pat Treusch, postdoctoral fellow, TU Berlin (Germany)
Chair: Jennifer Eickelmann


Session 2: Resistance & transformations through art, fashion, activism 

Fostering Feminist and Queer Futures: Instagram Hacking for the Resistance 
– Brianna I. Wiens, doctoral candidate, York University (Canada) and Shana MacDonald, associate professor, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Flying Objects: Sistership TV and the spectacle of feminist variety
– Emily Pelstring, artist, filmmaker, assistant professor, Queen’s University (Canada)

Corporeal iRituals of Conviviality: Queer Aesthetics Contesting Mythic Realities of Extractive Dispossession in Latin America
– Josue Chavez, doctoral candidate, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Discussant: Lisa Åkervall, associate professor, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Chair: Dagmar Brunow


Key note lectures and conversation

Material accountability, digital refusal and COVID-19 
– Adi Kuntsman, Reader in Digital Politics, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Feminism, data studies and future solidarities: towards a production of standpoints
– Aristea Fotpopulou, UKRI-AHRC Innovation Fellow, Principal Lecturer in Media & Communications, University of Brighton (UK)

Chair: Mia Liinason


Online mingle

Day 2, October 1

Session 3: Digital dangers. Exposure, surveillance and emotional exploitation in online activism and solidarity practices

Rethinking Connectivity as Being Exposed: Solidarity and the Recognition of Precariousness in the Digital Age 
  Jennifer Eickelmann, doctoral candidate, TU Dortmund (Germany)

The Magic Closet in Times of Corona: Queer relations building through art practice across (post-soviet) spaces
– Katharia Wiedlack, postdoctoral fellow, University of Vienna (Austria); Masha Godovannaya, doctoral candidate, University of Vienna (Austria); Ruthia Jernbekova, artist, writer and researcher (Kazakhstan and Austria); Tania Zabolotnaya, activist, translator and researcher

The political potential of affective collectivity – exploring Danish fat activism on Instagram
– Maj Hedegaard Heiselberg, postdoctoral fellow, Roskilde University (Denmark); Lene Bull Christiansen, associate professor, Roskilde University (Denmark)

Social Media Surveillance, LGBTQ refugees and asylum. How can we provide queer solidarity to refugees when migration authorities demand refugees to perform stereotypical (non-queer) online sexualities? 
– Rikke Andreassen, professor, Roskilde University (Denmark)

Discussant: Evelina Liliequist, senior research assistant, Umeå University (Sweden)
Chair: Tunay Altay


Session 4: Rethinking solidarities through time and space: Decolonization and the digital

Building transnational communities in feminist and queer film archives: digital archival practice between recognition and (dis)engagement
– Dagmar Brunow, associate professor, Linnaeus University (Sweden) 

NiUnaMenos in Times of #MeToo: Towards Decolonial Feminist Solidarities in Necropolitical Times
– Francesca Dennstedt, doctoral candidate, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (USA)

Unveiling colonial power through the digital protest: “uneventful” feminism in Ukraine
– Maria Mayerchyk, visiting professor, University of Alberta (Canada) and Olga Plakhotnik, researcher, editor-in-chief of Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies

Discussant: Naila Sahar, assistant professor, Forman Christian College Lahore (Pakistan)
Chair: Andi Schwartz


Plenary roundtable: How is the future of feminist and queer solidarities?

The Futures of feminist and queer solidarities conference argues that feminist and queer solidarities also need to recognize environmental issues as questions at the forefront of feminist and queer agendas. From this point of departure, we are proud to present the conference plenary roundtable:
Given that digital technologies presently have significantly reshaped the conditions for collective action, this roundtable wants to further explore and theorize how certain gendered, sexualized, racialized, and classed collectives and solidarities materialize or dissolve differentially via digital platforms. Can solidarity, as a transformative kind of connectivity, open up a possibility of the ‘not yet’ through online-offline entanglements? What new inequalities and tensions occur through digitalization of solidarities in feminist, queer and environmental struggles? And how can de-growth be conceptualized as a form of solidarity in the context of feminist, indigenous and queer of colour critiques of dispossession, extraction and dislocation? Does the future of feminist and queer solidarities lie in digitalized transnational encounters or community-based small-scale local practices?

Ericka Johnson, Professor in Gender Studies, Linköping University (Sweden)
Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor, Director of the Digital Studies Institute, University of Michigan (USA)
Tiara Roxanne, Dr. in Philosophy and Digital Humanities, DeZIM Institut (Germany)
Carrie Smith, Professor in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta (Canada)
Jenny Sundén, Professor in Gender Studies, Södertörn University (Sweden)

Chair: Lena Martinsson

Day 3, October 2

Session 5: Queering the cyberspace in times of pandemic and beyond. Thinking activism, dating, entertainment, and the online-offline relationship 

Queering the quarantine: Space, place and personhood at the queer house party
– Francesca Ammaturo, senior lecturer, University of Roehampton (UK) and Olimpia Burciellaro, independent  researcher

‘Our every walk is a pride walk!’: Reclaiming ‘places’ through queer networked solidarities
– Onur Kilic, doctoral candidate, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

“Where am I?”: An Analysis of Turkey’s Club Coweed and the Making of Cyberqueer Spaces in Times of COVID-19
– Tunay Altay, doctoral candidate and DAAD scholar, Humboldt University (Germany)

Discussant: Roberto Kulpa, lecturer in sociology, University of Plymouth (UK)
Chair: Katharina Wiedlack


Session 6: From sisterhood to femmeship: transformations of feminist solidarity in a digital world 

The future of femme solidarities: finding femmes online
– Andi Schwartz, doctoral candidate, York University (Canada) 

Digital feminism: performing sisterhood within the digital sphere 
– Favour Esinam Normeshie, doctoral candidate, Michigan Tech University (USA)

The anachronism dilemma: feminist solutions between violence and advances in technology. GT: Digital technologies and old and new types of inequalities
– Simone da Silva Ribeiro Gomes, assistant professor, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil); Yasmin Curzi, doctoral candidate, State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Bruna Diniz, researcher, FGV Law School (Brazil)

United in queerantine: Sex, safety, and solidarities on queer dating hookup apps during the COVID 19 pandemic.
– Chris Dietzel, doctoral candidate, McGill University (Canada); David Myles, affiliate professor, University of Quebec Montreal (Canada); Stefanie Duguay, assistant professor, Concordia University (Canada)

Discussant: Zeynep Gülru Göker, researcher, Sabancı University
Chair: Emily Pelstring


Closing round table
Looking ahead. Agendas for solidarity research in a digitalized world 

Pat Treusch, postdoctoral fellow, TU Berlin (Germany)
Lisa Åkervall, associate professor, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Evelina Liliequist, senior research assistant, Umeå University (Sweden)
Naila Sahar, assistant professor, Forman Christian College Lahore (Pakistan)
Zeynep Gülru Göker, researcher, Sabancı University (Turkey)
Roberto Kulpa, lecturer in sociology, University of Plymouth (UK)

Chairs: Olga Sasunkevich, Selin Çağatay