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The University of Southampton

Symposium | Queer Joy as a Digital Good Event

Avenue Campus
9:30 - 16:00
31 May 2024
Avenue Campus and Online

Event details

You are invited to our symposium 'Queer Joy as a Digital Good'

This symposium builds on the work of the Queer Joy as a Digital Good, funded by ESRC’s Digital Good Network.

We understand queer joy as the expression of queer identity and life unencumbered by standards of cis-hetero-patriarchal propriety and palatability. We work from the premise that queer joy is a societal good, and that queer joy in online spaces is therefore a digital good. In our project, we make the case for conceptualising the express facilitation of queer joy online as a possibility for a good digital society that benefits each users, platforms, and policy. In an age of increasing hyper-visibility for queer people, there are all too many examples of queerphobic political regress and its mediatisation online. As such, we foreground queer joy as a practice of personal and collective resilience amidst a socio-political landscape of increasing queerphobia. In so doing, we contend that the affordances digital technologies have for enabling joy are vital indicators of its contribution to a good digital society.

We invite you to attend or to watch some of the talks/sessions via a livestream. However, we have limited space available for in-person attendance - and have to allocate space on a first-come, first-served basis - so please do let us know if you change your mind about joining us on campus.

Please contact Lexi Webster if you would like to attend or have any questions.


9.30am-10am: Arrival and registration

10am-10.30am: Welcome - introducing Queer Joy as a Digital Good

10.30am-11am: Networking and ice-breaker activities

11am-12 noon: Session 1 - Masculinity and joy

12 noon-1pm: Lunch

1pm-2pm: Session 2 - Lived experiences of working and being whilst queer in a digital world

2pm-2.15pm: Afternoon break

2.15pm-3.15pm: Session 3 - Enabling joy in digital contexts

3.15pm-3.45pm: Session 4 - How queer joy builds community

3.45pm-4pm: Closing remarks - towards a future of queer joy

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