Special Issue: On Digital Media, Sex, and Performance

Guest Editor: Amber Johnson

(essays & projects)

Digital Media, Sex, and Performance: An Introduction     [pdf]
Amber Johnson

Intimacy Re-defined: Online Sexual Performances and the Urge of Posing    [pdf]
Kaarina Nikunen

"Phags for Phelps": Exploring the Queer Potential of the Westboro Baptist Church   [pdf]
Ragan Fox

Question(ing) One in the Coatlicue State: A Call for Creative Engagement
in the LGBTQ Movement
Robert Gutierrez-Perez

The Élan Vital of DIY Porn     [pdf]
Shaka McGlotten

Stretching the Code: Sexual Performances and Online Gaming Economies    [pdf]
Lyndsay Michalik

Digital Media and the Politics of Intersectional Queer Hyper/In/Visibility in Between Women    [pdf]
Amber Johnson & Robin M. Boylorn

Change in Bodies: Documenting Female to Male Gender Transition Through
T-Diaries in YouTube
    [html and video]
Keith Dorwick

(artist pages)

Queer Renderings: Rewriting Identity in Experimental Video    [video]
Patrick Santoro

<notes on contributors>

» Robin M. Boylorn is Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at the University of Alabama. Her research and teach-ing focus on issues of social identity and diversity, with particular attention to studies of black women. She is the author of Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience and co-editor of Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life.

» Keith Dorwick is Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and editor of the online journal Technoculture. His research focus spans issues raised by queer studies, drama, children's literature and media, and rhetoric. These appear as plays in various venues, video/audio installations, paintings and other 2D work, as well as critical articles and reviews in journals such as Computers and Composition, The Journal of Bisexuality, CCCC Online, Harlot and various book chapters.

» Ragan Fox (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He focuses primarily on how gay men perform their identities in different contexts, ranging from interpersonal interactions to theatrical stages.

» Robert Gutierrez-Perez is a doctoral candidate in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver with an emphasis in communication and culture. Gutierrez-Perez researches Chicano/Latino sexuality and culture, power and privilege in higher education, advocacy communication, and critical qualitative research methodology.

» Amber Johnson (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication at Saint Louis University in the Department of Communication. Her research trajectory merges qualitative and rhetorical research design with a focus on digital narratives of sexuality at the intersections of race, class, geography, education, religion, and beauty. Dr. Johnson is an award winning author and has published articles in Critical Studies in Media and Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication Quarterly, Howard Journal of Communication, Qualitative Inquiry, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and Health Communication Journal.

» Shaka McGlotten is an artist and anthropologist preoccupied with sites of cultural emergence and decay, especially as they articulate with media, technology, sex, race, and the body. He has written and lectured widely about public sex, gaming, virtual worlds, porn, shit, hook up apps, and zombies (among other things). You can find some of these preoccupations reflected in his book Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality (SUNY Press, 2013). He is the co-editor with Dána-ain Davis of Black Genders and Sexualities (Palgrave, 2012) and, with Steve Jones, of Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Sex and the Living Dead (McFarland, 2014). He is currently at work on two projects, one called “Black Data,” which focuses on big data, mass surveillance, and hacking. The other is “The Political Aesthetics of Drag,” a multi-sited ethnography of drag, art, and politics.

» Lyndsay Michalik (PhD, Louisiana State University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory, where she teaches courses in Video Production, Remix Culture, Digital Adaptation, Performance and Intermediality, and Video Art.

» Kaarina Nikunen is a University Lecturer in the School of Communication, Media and Thetre at the University of Tampere, Finland. She was a visiting scholar at Stanford University Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research Institute in 2012. Her research focuses on digital culture, gender and sexuality, transnational media, multiculturalism, and migration. Together with Susanna Paasonen and Laura Saarenmaa, she is the editor of Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture (Berg, 2007) and Media in Motion: Cultural Complexity and Migration in the Nordic Region (Ashgate, 2011, co-editor Elisabeth Eide).

» Patrick Santoro (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Governors State University where he teaches courses in performance art, solo performance, performance and social change, performing culture and identity, performance autoethnography, and performative writing. His research interests include loss, identity, gender and sexuality, and experimental and documentary video production.

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (issn: 1557-2935)

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (University of South Florida)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons
   (Angelo State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: Keith Nainby (California State University Stanislaus)
book review editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)

banner photo/design by Michael LeVan

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