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[ecrea] Call for Papers – Mediated Intimacies: Relationships, Bodies and Technology

Thu Apr 09 05:35:10 GMT 2015

*Mediated Intimacies: Relationships, Bodies and Technology*

*Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies to be
published March 2017 **edited by Feona Attwood, Jamie Hakim, Alison Winch*

In what ways does media convergence culture represent, intervene in,
exploit and enable intimate relations? How is intimacy being
reconfigured under neoliberalism?

On the one hand we are living in atomized and individualistic times
where relationships are increasingly strategic and competitive. On the
other the media has become, as Beverly Skeggs argues, intensely
intimate. This special issue on mediated intimacies aims to explore how
understandings of intimacy are (re)constructed and experienced,
particularly in digital cultures. In addition, we are interested in the
ways in which the apparently alienated entrepreneurial self is
constructed through and by forging intimate connections and
simultaneously how these networks are mined and monetized by corporate

This special issue of /Journal of Gender Studies/is developed from a
symposium held in July 2014 on Mediated Intimacies where the speakers
explored, among other topics, girls’ online friendships, ‘expert’ sex
advice in printed media, male seduction communities, and how pornography
reconceptualises the very idea of intimacy itself.

Potential papers could explore the affective dimensions of intimate
practices reflecting the pleasures and pains of life lived under
neoliberalism, including how precarity and class impact on the ways in
which intimacy is forged. Because digital culture is primarily corporate
driven (Taylor 2014) we are interested in how user-generated media
employs self-branding strategies. For example, in the refashioning of
the body or gendered and sexual identities, or the ways in which
intimacy can be a form of self-promotion.

Feminist and queer perspectives seek to expand the reach of what is
constituted as belonging, love, connection and intimacy. Whereas
recession culture has reestablished normative gender categories (Negra
and Tasker 2014) contemporary digital cultures have the potential to
challenge and rework gender and sexual identities (McGlotten 2013). This
issue hopes to explore these productive tensions.

Potential papers could also explore how sexuality, sex, sexual
knowledges and sexual pleasure functionby looking, for example, at
Do-It-Yourself porn, sexual subcultures and alternative sex practices. A
final consideration underpinning this issue is how different intimacies
intersect along axes of class, race, disability, age and geographical

Possible topics could include:

●adapting and resisting gendered and sexed identities

●forging new normative gendered identities

●mediatised kinship (families, parenthood and fertility)

●geolocation technology

●dating and hook up apps, sex dating and relationship cultures


●role of experts (e.g. sex advisors and agony aunts), including their
changing meaning in peer-driven contexts

●mediated romance

●fitness apps and body culture

●use of social networking sites, including instagram, Facebook, Twitter


●the mediation of friendship

●rebranding feminism


●monetization of intimacy, including big data, content generation and

*Please send 7000 word completed essays by 31^st December 2015 **through
Scholar One Manuscripts: *

*Please direct enquiries to Alison Winch (**(a.winch /at/
<mailto:(a.winch /at/>)**, Feona Attwood (**(f.attwood /at/
<mailto:(f.attwood /at/>)** and Jamie Hakim (**(j.hakim /at/
<mailto:(j.hakim /at/>)***


*Publication schedule:*

31 December 2015: Papers to peer reviewers

March 2016: Comments to authors

June 2016: Authors final revisions

September 2016: Final acceptance

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